He’s here, he’s bigger than ever and according to some fans he’s gained a few pounds.
This 2014 reboot of Godzilla see’s the enormous creature go back to his Japanese roots and also grow in size to become the biggest Godzilla to grace the screen yet.
However, if you were a fan of Ronald Emmerich’s 1998 version of Godzilla and were expecting the same kind of film then you might be disappointed.
Without giving away too much of the plot, this film it throws itself back into the territory of Godzilla vs another big monster. This is realised in the first few scenes of the film. Fans of the Japanese classics will find this to be an up-to-date version of the classic Godzilla material and depending on your view point you might like it or wonder what the hell is going on as you expected the story to be Godzilla vs the world according to the trailers.
During my childhood the T-Rex from 1993’s Jurassic Park and 1998’s Godzilla were about as perfect a monster you could get (Let’s forget that Spinosaurus from JP3 though.) Now, I look back at the 1998 version of Godzilla and when compared to the original content I can see why it was disregarded. It was fairly cheesy and Godzilla was designed with the T-Rex heavily in mind. The 2014 version of Godzilla is much more a classic design with stumpy feet and smaller head. People have criticised that he looks like he’s eaten one too many buildings but when you see the movie itself you won’t really be thinking that.
The film’s budget is huge and with that comes jaw-dropping special effects. The action is frantic and the pacing of the movie is good with action taking place in various different cities across the globe. Director Gareth Edwards has done a good job of not making Godzilla appear in all his glory until late into the second act as to keep the suspense high. This is a smart move and gives the human element of the story time in the spotlight.
Bryan Cranston is fantastic playing a man in search of answers but for a film which starts so strongly, his story ends up falling short of what it could have become as the monsters start to take the main stage during the third act.
To be fair though, if you were going to watch Godzilla for the human aspect of the film then I would probably question your choice of movie. Ultimately what you want to see is a 300-metre tall monster cause as much chaos as possible.
Godzilla 2014 is loud, proud and loyal to its original material without becoming completely over the top, even if the human elements fall short of its promising origins.