Director: Gareth Edwards
Writer: Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
Plot: The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
*** We had our friend and resident Godzilla expert AGB (Angry Bald Guy) help us out with this. ***
Rate It: (0-3 guys)
So what did you think?
Adam – Silly summer time giant monster fun. The acting was a bit hammy and Elizabeth Olsen keeps her clothes on so there is that.
ABG - Glad that I saw it in IMAX 3D. Anything else would’ve been a letdown. It’s the least I could do for Godzilla.
Griff – It is fun movie to watch. Is it perfect? No. But it is a good time. The acting is a bit flat, that characters are one dimensional, and special effects are amazing. Yep, its a summer movie.
Any thoughts before you saw the movie?
Adam – I liked Director Edwards first film Monsters (2010) and was hoping this was gonna be similar but with more familiar monsters.
ABG – If this movie sucks I swear to God I’m going to kick Gareth Edwards square in the ass.
Griff – I was a big fan of Edwards Monsters so I was interested to see what he brought to the table.
Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative?
Adam – This has got to be the tenth Godzilla film I have seen and this installment had a lot of similarities to several other films. However, I think some of that sense of familiarity may have been a conscious decision on the part of the director and writers.
ABG - Kinda hard to be fresh when your source material is 60 years old, but I was pleasantly surprised at the spin they put on Godzilla’s origin. As much as they told us about, anyway.
Griff – Well, yet another Godzilla film. They have been making them since the 1950’s but this manages to stay fresh while still paying homage to its predecessors.
Did you think the script was well written?
Adam – Delaying the large monster battles to the end of the film was a no brainer. The rest of the plot was a bit ridiculous. Why does everyone have to destroy the Golden Gate Bridge?
ABG – The action scenes seemed pretty spot on to me. The dialog came off a bit hokey although that had more to do with poor Ken Watanabe. He was really given drivel to work with.
Griff - Truthfully it’s a bit silly. I don’t mind the delay in seeing Godzilla but you need to make the side story a little more engaging.
Was there a performance you really liked or really hated?
Adam – Was that Bobcat Goldthwait reprising his performance from One Crazy Summer (1986) in a Godzilla costume?
ABG – I absolutely did not like Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s performance at all. He really just seemed to be going through the motions. I was disappointed with Ken Watanabe but, as I stated earlier, I blame the way his character was written.
Griff - Ken Watanabe spent the whole movie with a look on his face like he was having bathroom issues. I can never get enough Elizabeth Olsen in any film. I just wish she was utilized better.
Do you remember a song from the film?
Adam – Nope but the score by Alexandre Desplat was dark and brooding as it should have been.
ABG - Was there music other than the movie’s score? I do remember a definite lack of reference to any of Akira Ifukube’s original Godzilla scores.
Griff - I saw monsters fighting…
What was your favorite line?
Adam – Roarrrrrrr with some atomic breath
ABG - “Let them fight.” (And it turned out to be a pretty good fight, too.)
Griff – “Let them fight!”
What would have made this a better movie?
Adam - I would have ditched the Elizabeth Olson character and kid subplot. Or at least had them eaten by a MUTO. It would have also been nice if they had secured the licensing to some other monsters rather than the MUTO from the film.
ABG - A female lead I actually cared about and more for Ken Watanabe to do than just stand around and look curious.
Griff - A more engaging story in the beginning. Some stronger performances from the leads and some characters that weren’t so one dimensional.
Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?
Adam - Not gonna lie this looked pretty sweet in IMAX. Especially since it was Mark’s turn to pay.
ABG – If you don’t see this this on the big screen you are missing out. I strongly suggest IMAX 3D if it’s still available.
Griff – If you are going to see it, you may as well go big and see it in IMAX. It was a spectacle.
What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film?
Adam – The Troll Hunter (2010) and Them (1954) are both entertaining giant monster films for you to give a watch.
ABG – Pacific Rim (2013), not the greatest but admit it: you’re waiting for a sequel; King Kong (1933), the original “monster” running around town; Gojira (1954), not the Americanized version…
Griff - If for some reason you haven’t seen the original film Gojira (1954) that is a must see. I thought Troll Hunter (2010) was surprisingly entertaining for the budget and it is worth checking out as well.
Any final thoughts on this movie?
Adam – Where is my Hollywood big budget Gamera remake?
ABG – My brother once said to me that Morgan Freeman was put into subpar movies not to rescue them, but to add credibility. Ken Watanabe is like a Japanese Morgan Freeman. I’m not saying this was a bad movie. Far from it. It just seems to me like Gareth Edwards brought him in to help and then didn’t give him anything to work with. My complaining about poor Ken Watanabe aside I enjoyed this movie. I hope the sequel (yes, it’s coming) has characters I care about.
Griff - This was leaps and bounds better than the last hollywood Godzilla film. Hopefully the sequel will get us some more of the the other classic monsters from the Godzilla franchise. Overall this was a fun summer movie. It’s worth checking out but don’t spend a lot of time working over the plot. Just watch and enjoy it for what it is.