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Friday, May 16, 2014

Godzilla Movie Review (2014)

The Good: Godzilla is a BEAST! (Literally and figuratively) You can tell that the producers and directors really went out of their way to pay homage to the old school sentiment that the monster used to portray back in Japan, while still relating it to a more modern, Western audience. Everything from his classic roar to his fiery arsenal is done right! The best part of his portrayal was that he's not a monster or a hero, he's just a force of nature, but the audience can draw their own conclusions.

The Bad: The humans. No one really cares about the humans and their puny guns that do nothing, or their bombs that just tickle giant monsters. The love stories just seem to pale in comparison to a giant monster destroying a city. Not to say that they're not important, it's just that this film, in my opinion, seemed to focus too heavily on the human element compared to the monster element.

Also, it takes FOREVER for them to finally show you Godzilla, or just to get to the good parts in general. Worst of all, when we finally do get to see the fight scenes, they're only teased the same way they are in the trailer. It just gets kind of annoying after the 3rd or 4th Godzilla appearance on screen and then immediately the camera cuts away to something else. Kind of like in Cloverfield if you ever saw that. (Luckily the final 20 mins of the movie kind of makes up for that)

The Reason: If you were feeling uneasy about this movie due to the previous Godzilla film back in 1998, have no fear, this movie has successfully made up for it. This movie is available in both 3D and in IMAX 3D. Save your money on the 3D and the only benefit you're gonna get from the IMAX is the impact of the iconic Godzilla roar. If you don't think paying an extra $8 to hear a roar is worth it, by all means, just be sure to see it in a theater with good sound quality. I'd say it's worth the watch on the big screen because you're dealing with a big scale movie. So go see it, but don't feel pressured to pay more than the minimum for it. Oh, and there are no scenes after the credits so feel free to get up and leave.

The Rating: 8/10

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