Not really a review but an explanation towards all the critics... (by malekrodeen)
Critics have lost their way. They have rated this film average/below average because they dislike the tease of Godzilla in the movie and say an improvement would be having him centre stage every scene he's in. When you look back to some of the greatest, most tense horror/sci-fi films like Jaws or Alien, you will see that they don't always show the creature from the start, but little snippets, building tension throughout the movie. They call this a B-movie because they enter the screening with the mindset that its cheesy because they don't understand the meaning behind Gojira <more>
itself, making it sound like just another monster movie when it's not. The fans are speaking out, showing their appreciation for the movie and love for the view Gareth is giving Godzilla, but the critics do not. Never listen to them; their opinions don't stand for the millions that actually GET what the director was trying to establish here.Also, if you're a monster movie type of person, go see this. If you're not, don't go see it. It is that simple. Don't go judging on how bad an actor is in a film when you can't even memorize a single line. Don't go writing a review that is completely biased just because you do not know the concept and origin of Godzilla. Half of these reviews are trolls anyway so it is best to ignore them and including me if I sound ignorant . If you like monsters or Godzilla, go see it and make up your mind. If you don't, then spend your money on something else.
First, let me just say the cgi in this film just blows my mind. I have never seen it done as well as this, this was like Pacific Rim times five. I thought this movie would be a joke, until I saw it, but now I can believe I even thought that. overall just a beautiful film, one for the records, your pal John. The acting by Bryan Cranstons is as good as Breaking Bad, and should win some awards. Yes the movie has some awkward scenes with some bad acting but overall I could barely tell. This movie is like the Dark Night, just great action shots, really wish I could see it again. Overall, this is <more>
going in my collection, great movie recommend it to everyone.
Godzilla - The TRUE King of the Monsters is born... (by purenxk)
Godzilla has found a true admirer in Gareth Edwards. Someone who set out not only to envision a new future for Godzilla but to protect the previous Godzilla's long 60 year history, a man capable of delivering a Godzilla for our time. After seeing Gareth Edward's 'Godzilla' it is my opinion that he has succeeded in mastering the vision for the monster that Tomoyuki Tanaka had in mind 60 years ago. Even though the original Godzilla will always be just that - the original, Gareth Edward's Godzilla is for me the first TRUE and complete representation of the vision of Godzilla. <more>
Executed in the most masterful of ways in direction by Gareth Edwards and in overall story by Max Borenstein. In delivering the picture that he has Gareth Edwards has completely put to shame directors such as Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich, Zack Snyder and the other go-to blockbuster directors. Injecting a surprising amount of suspense into this 'Godzilla' Gareth's Godzilla will have you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath in anticipation of what is next to come - something a Godzilla movie has not done since 1984. Unlike many of the reviews that I have read, I found the pacing of this movie to be absolutely fine, in fact I would have personally preferred a few more opportunities to catch my breath and gather my wits. Gareth Edwards has clearly given Godzilla the strongest opportunity for continued box office presence that he has ever had in the United States although the burden of that task in my opinion seems almost insurmountable - and in all honesty - I would prefer to see this 'Godzilla' remain as it is, a superior standalone . A rebirth of epic but not overwhelming proportions this Godzilla harks back to the radiated and devastated scenes of Tokyo in Tomoyuki Tanaka and Ishiro Honda's original 1954 'Gojira' capturing with somber respect and sadness the human toll in stark contrast to most summer blockbuster movies in recent memory especially 'Man of Steel' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Gareth Edwards and Max Borenstein can now rightfully join the likes of Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishiro Honda, Akira Ifukube and Eiji Tsuburaya as masters of Godzilla.
the new Godzilla is pure gold. the filmmakers managed to capture a perfect image of the giant lizard. i had a chance to see an early military screening just a while ago and i can say that it blew the whole audiences minds. everyone was into it.by far the best Godzilla movie to date. the cgi was incredible and the shots of destruction and explosions looked awesome. the acting was superb with "kick ass" star Aaron Taylor-Johnson and the always amazing Bryan Cranston. everything in this movie just fell into place perfectly. i didn't think this movie would be able to be pulled off <more>
considering the last attempt. however, director Gareth Edwards proved that he had a vision of what and how to create a movie fans of the monster have been dying to see. i give it a 9 out of 10
Finally, here it is ! The most anticipated movie of the summer had a few premieres around the world, and I had the chance to assist to one of them : well, I was not disappointed. If you want to live a great movie experience, go see it in a good theater, large screen and good sound : you'll be astonished.Indeed, CGI & sound effects are truly amazing, and "massive" that is the good word , and no one will argue on that. Furthermore, all these shots featuring visual and sound effects are very well done by Gareth Edwards, when he seems to know how to suggest the presence of the <more>
beast and let your imagination be touched rather than putting it in the middle of the screen without any sense of perspective during the entire movie : yes, some will complain about his screen time, because they expected to see Pacific Rim, but no, it is never like it ! Edwards had the opportunity to put in place his own directing, and even though some parts of the movie are slowing it down thinking about classic blockbusters scenes introducing a conventional plot or military quarters scenes , the movie remains original, fresh, epic, even if humans are not really our heroes on this one...
This is One Great Godzilla Movie! (by stephen08640)
Being a fan who used to go to the movie theater in the 1960's to watch all those great and cheesy Godzilla movies. This new Godzilla movie is the Godzilla movie I have been waiting my whole life for. Not that 1998 SonyZilla that was so disappointing. But this movie, I know that all the long time fan's like myself will watch it over on over again. I will go back to the movies next week to see it again. Can't wait for the Blu- ray. I honestly do not see what all the haters of this movie are thinking. It's a Monster movie. Plain and simple. For 2 hours I was entertained. I went <more>
today to the IMAX with two good friends and their son's and we all liked the movie. No spoilers here so I will not discuss what happens in the movie but I was surprised by a few things. But that is what Gareth Edwards wanted. Why disagree. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat the whole movie. When GODZILLA shows up I just have one word. AWESOME! This is the Godzilla, all of us long time fans have been waiting for. And the MUTO's are really cool too. It must me sad to go to the movies and come out mad all the time. GO SEE THIS MOVIE. Any REAL FAN of GODZILLA will enjoy this movie and THE EFFORT IT TOOK TO MAKE IT. I cannot wait to see it again. LONG LIVE GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS!
In my opinion, this movie was insane. Godzilla was not really that much in the movie, but when he was he kicked ass!I don't understand people bitching about the movie wasn't like pacific rim. I liked Pacific rim, but i think it was a good idea to make something different. This monsterfilm is much more realistic, and is much, much better made CGI . In my opinion Godzilla was way better than Pacific rim.Bryan Cranston appears in the trailer like he is the main character but he dies in the beginning of the movie, which i think is really misleading. He's son takes the spot, and must <more>
travel from Japan to U.S.A to get his family away from the danger. The son Ford Brody is a very boring character because we don't see him so much and he doesn't seem very sensitive.In the end Godzilla actually saved mankind and just go in to the ocean and swim away, which i think was a really unpredictable ending.So don't watch this movie if you just want some meaningless monsterfight. Watch it because you wanna se a "realistic" movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat - With monsters in it.And this was the best CGI i have ever seen in a movie. Godzilla has atomic breath
The film 'Godzilla' fans have been dreaming of. (by BrentHankins)
It's been 60 years since Godzilla first appeared on screen, emerging from the ocean to wreak havoc on the city of Tokyo. Since then, we've seen the big guy transition from antagonist to hero and back again, with the bulk of his cinematic adventures featuring battles against other gargantuan monsters. But the creature was always at his best when he was portrayed as neither hero nor villain, but a terrifying, unstoppable force of nature, which is precisely what director Gareth Edwards seeks to emulate in this highly anticipated reimagining.The film opens in 1999, with nuclear physicist <more>
Joe Brody Bryan Cranston researching a strange pattern of seismic activity that could threaten the stability of the power plant where he and his wife Juliette Binoche are employed. While officials dismiss the readings as aftershocks from an earthquake in the Philippines, Joe suspects otherwise, but a tragic accident levels the entire facility, splintering the Brody family and leaving Joe unable to complete his research.Fifteen years later, the area surrounding the plant is still under quarantine, and Ford Brody Aaron Taylor-Johnson is summoned to Japan to retrieve his father, who was arrested while trying to sneak into the family's old home. Joe has become obsessed with discovering the source of the accident, and his current research indicates that the same incident that destroyed his life is on the verge of happening again. Ford reluctantly agrees to help out his old man, and before long the duo find themselves back at the site of the accident, where the Japanese government is hiding something big. Something very big.Godzilla refuses to follow the pattern of other tentpole releases, which would no doubt have major action beats about every 10 minutes. Instead, Edwards pulls inspiration from the Jurassic Park formula, slowly ratcheting up the tension and doling out the big reveals in smaller doses. He also wisely showcases nearly every bit of action from eye- level, giving us a uniquely human perspective on the breathtaking scope of the destruction and keeping the audience invested in the plight of the regular-sized characters.The film has a few minor issues, most notably a slew of immensely talented actors being reduced to one-note performances in supporting roles, and a somewhat silly explanation of the big guy's origin, but in the grand scheme of things none of this really matters. What does matter is that fans have finally been given the Godzilla film they've been dreaming of, one that honors the memory of the original while erasing the painful memory of Roland Emmerich's 1999 attempt. Edwards has created a tense, thrilling tale generously sprinkled with jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring moments, a film that takes itself and its history very seriously, and gets just about everything right.
Monster movies don't get any more thrilling, or pulse-pounding, or adrenaline-pumping, or jawdropping than this epic display of size and ferocity (by moviexclusive)
We don't blame the Japanese for their ambivalence towards another Hollywood rendition of 'Godzilla'; after all, Roland Emmerich did a pretty bad botched job back in 1998, treating the monster as just another creature bent on devastation and missing the point entirely why it is such an enduring icon in pop culture. And so even as some begin to diss this latest attempt at reviving the franchise by criticising it for having gotten 'fat', we don't blame the initial cynicism, especially since Hollywood already has its 'Jurassic Park', 'Cloverfield' and even <more>
last summer's 'Pacific Rim'.Uncharacteristically, the person at the helm of this $150-million production is a certain Gareth Edwards, a Nuneaton boy who has only had one other feature-length film to his name - the micro-budgeted 'Monsters'. It's a daring choice to say the least, but also one that ultimately proves inspired. Edwards eschews the elements of a conventional Hollywood crowdpleaser for something more grounded in myth and pathos, charting a smart middle ground that respects the origins of the creature from its atomic age roots while being entirely in tandem with the modern zeitgeist.In filmic terms, Edwards tries to honour the character B-movie conceit while delivering a Dark Knight-esque blockbuster steeped in family tragedy, government cover-ups and Post-War on Terrorism sensibilities. So for the first hour, he presents eerie stock footage of Pacific nuclear tests in a title sequence, a nailbiting opening set in 1999 at a Fukushima-style power plant, and then a touching story of estrangement in present day between a father and son pair Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson respectively that results from the disaster at the said nuclear station.Besides Cranston and Johnson, Edwards has also assembled a formidable group of actors to handle the dramatic weightlifting. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins are a pair of scientists working with a secret research group that has been studying Godzilla since the 1950s, while David Strathairn is the Admiral coordinating the United States' response to the emergence of the creature. But mostly, screenwriter Max Borenstein emphasises the displacement - and reconciliation - between Cranston's nuclear plant engineer and Johnson's explosive ordinance disposal jockey in the U.S. Navy after the death of the former's wife and the latter's mother played by Oscar winner Juliette Binoche .On the creature front, Edwards and Borenstein slowly unveil an alpha- predator referred to as MUTO — or "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism" - which in Godzilla lore is really a mechanised version of the Mothra. Those who expect a humans-versus-Godzilla showdown the way Emmerich's version had played it out will be quite surprised at the turn of events here, and we're keeping mum here so we don't spoil the surprise for anyone. What we will say is that Edwards really knows how to play things out, baiting and tantalising his audience as he teases the creatures slowly and with increasing attention to detail.Admittedly, that does take a while before we get the chance to see Godzilla - or for that matter, the MUTOs - in their full majesty, but the wait is more than worth it. Indeed, Edwards reins in the destruction till right at the end, so be prepared for cutaways at certain critical scenes especially one in Honolulu where a monster-versus-monster showdown takes place offscreen which may be pretty frustrating for the less patient viewer; but let us reassure you that you won't be disappointed by the epic finale that totally annihilates downtown San Francisco on a scale rarely witnessed. It is here that we get to witness the beast's display of bulk and power, and Edwards nails the sheer thrill of watching these monsters rip through buildings with their sheer size and physicality that turns the Bay Area into rubble.Unfortunately, it is also during the last hour of spectacle that we realise more clearly the shortcomings of Edwards' film. Try though he may, there's no denying that the character beats grind to a halt once the action takes over, what dramatic momentum the movie had earlier reduced to a simple rescue mission whereby Johnson tries desperately to get to his wife Elizabeth Olsen and child trapped somewhere within the city. You could even go so far as to say that the B-movie clichés emerge all too clearly as soon as the monster is in play, with the scientist Watanabe at odds with military brass and the latter proving once again their hubris by thinking that their might is greater than that of nature. At once, it is also apparent that Edwards does not quite manage to conceive the 'Dark Knight' of monster movies, settling instead for nothing more - or less - than a well-made engaging creature feature.So no matter how Edwards or his actors tries to spin it, there's no denying that it is the monster action that counts at the very end. As the human characters get reduced to moving from location to location chasing the beasts, 'Godzilla' rightly becomes the monster blockbuster that summer-going movie viewers will love. The creature effects are terrific, even more so than in 'Pacific Rim' if you must know, and the 'kaiju action' is certainly where it delivers by the motherload. We dare to say even that it will not disappoint fans of Ishiro Honda's 1954 Toho release, nor fans who have grown up with the evolution of the beast in pop culture over the past six decades. It may not accomplish its ambition of being the character-driven feature it aspires to be, but as a sock-em-up monster movie, this one is certainly worthy of the creature's title 'King of all Monsters'.