Godzilla is the latest movie from Gareth Edwards, director of the 2010 creature feature/sci-fi drama Monsters. It stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Drive), Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Red Lights, Oldboy), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Chatroom, Savages) and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Batman Begins, Inception).
The film begins with a title roll showing clippings and news footage from what actually happened in Japan in 1954 making this practically a direct sequel to the original Gojira or Godzilla: King Of The Monsters as it was retitled for US audiences.
Joe Brody (Cranston) is some sort of a scientist or engineer working in a nuclear power plant on a small Japanese island with his wife and son living with him in the nearby town. Tragedy strikes after a nuclear meltdown and Joe's family is torn apart, the authorities pass if off as a natural disaster but Joe has proof that it was something else so he spends years in recluse trying to find out what really happened. Several years later Joe's son Ford (Johnson) now married with a son of his own is called back to Japan when his father is caught trying to sneak back into the quarantine zone that they once called their home.
There they discover that Joe was right all along, it was creatures known as M.U.T.O. (Mutated Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) that caused the destruction of the power plant all those years ago and now a couple of them have been awakened again. As the monsters go on a rampage from Japan to Hawaii and to the Brody's hometown of San Francisco the military try their best to stop them but fail every time.
The sound of the communications between the MUTO awakens another ancient monster from the deep, one that has been lying dormant since he last woke sixty years ago and destroyed Tokyo. Does the world now have three monsters to worry about or is Godzilla here to save the day?
The worst thing about not seeing a huge blockbuster on its' opening day is spending the days between its' premiere and when you finally get to see it listening to people online talking about it, how great it is or how crap it is, revealing the entire story, giving away major plot points and ruining surprises like any lead characters' death. For a whole week I had to listen to crap, people shitting all over Godzilla and even making memes about how crap it was and how short the length of time Big G was actually in the movie for.
Then I realised that majority of these people weren't even real Godzilla fans. When I say real fans I mean people who have actually seen all twenty something Godzilla movies, read the comics and collect the toys. I honestly believe that most of the people I saw talking shit probably think when they hear someone referring to the original Godzilla they automatically think of the 1998 version, not even knowing that the original was made in Japan in 1954 and spawned almost two dozen Japanese sequels and gave birth to the Kaiju sub-genre. I think most of the people who shit all over the new Godzilla and did actually see the 1954 original probably only watched it because as "horror fans" they felt obliged to watch it the same way they felt obliged to watch films like the original Nosferatu, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari ,The Golem or any other non-American classic horror.
I think most people expected the new Godzilla to be just a modernised version of the 98 film with better cgi, more explosions and Bryan Cranston taking over Mathew Broderick's role. Maybe they were hoping for another Pacific Rim? Well newsflash, you'll get another Pacific Rim - in Pacific Rim 2. This is Godzilla and anyone who has seen any of the real Godzilla movies can tell you that Godzilla was always a secondary character. The humans of the story are always introduced first , then come the monsters to fuck shit up and then comes Godzilla to save the day, albeit fucking even more shit up in the process but you have to admit Godzilla wrecking have a city to kill a few monsters is far better than dropping an atomic bomb. Well that’s' exactly what happened in this movie so I don't see what the problem is. I'll admit that Aaron Taylor-Johnson might not have been the best choice for a leading role as everyone seemed to point out, but hey, better than Justin Bieber right? Other than Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2 this was Johnson's only real blockbuster so it's understandable that he's still a bit wet behind the ears. People also criticized Bryan Cranston's performance, I thought he was perfect as the tormented scientist obsessed with finding out the truth. Anyone expecting to see Walter White should go and watch Breaking Bad.
And Elizabeth Olsen, anything I say about her is going to be biased because I'm actually in love with her. She was perfectly cast as the wife of Ford Brody and a mother who just wants to get her son to safety while trying to save people's lives as a nurse at the same time. Honestly she's been great in everything I've seen her in and she even makes not so great films like the Oldboy remake tolerable. Her next outing is Avengers: Age Of Ultron where she stars as Scarlet Witch alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson once again who plays Quicksilver.
I really enjoyed Godzilla, I’ve been looking forward to it since I first learned of its' inception a few years ago and since I really enjoyed Gareth Edwards' first film Monsters I was delighted to here that he was given the job of bringing Godzilla back to the big screen. I can understand why so many people disliked it though; they probably thought it was going to be a Michael Bay-esque cgi shitfest with hardly any plot and non-stop explosions and monster on monster action. They're the same kind of people who complain that there aren't enough zombies or action in The Walking Dead. Well if you want to see non-stop zombie killing with zero plot then you should go and play House Of The Dead, or even better go and watch Uwe Boll's movie adaptation of it. If you want to see non-stop Kaiju action just watch Pacific Rim (a film that I loved and can’t wait for the sequel by the way) or else just give Mathew Broderick and Roland Emmerich a call and see if they're up for making a new Godzilla movie. In the meantime, aside from all the complaints Godzilla has already become one of the most successful box office hits of 2014 and has been given the green light for a sequel. Since Gareth Edwards has just been given the task of directing a new Star Wars spin-off movie
(Hopefully Boba Fett) it’s not confirmed that he'll be directing the Godzilla sequel yet. I'm hoping that he'll get this little Star Wars movie out of the way quickly so he can get stuck into bringing Godzilla back to the screen once again for some more destruction, maybe this time facing off against one of his classic foes such as Mothra, MechaGodzilla or King Ghidorah. Since Gamera is getting a reboot next year one hopes that we might see Godzilla V Gamera someday!