Quick Hit: Nothing to write home about, but the first solid American Godzilla movie.
There are a lot of Godzilla movies, but not that many American ones. Most of them come from Tojo, which is a Japanese movie studio. The only other time an American company has produced a Godzilla movie was the absolutely horrendous movie in 1998 – which most of the monster movie community has now deemed “Zilla” because it would have been a fine movie if it wasn’t a Godzilla movie. So it is kind of a good thing that American audiences finally have a movie that did most things right and will hopefully get people excited about the film and movie monsters in general.
This movie has some star power attached to it, and the human side of the film is pretty well developed. It unfortunately takes out a character that is the most interesting too quickly, turning the human side into a boring slog of things. It’s disappointing, because I was really into the start of the film, and liked how it likened back to the original Godzilla series.
The movie takes a long, long time to tease out Godzilla. This is good… to a point. But eventually, I think that the tease plays out a bit too long. There’re clips here and there of body parts, and when you eventually see Godzilla, you see his face and it cut to a different scene pretty quickly. That kind of movement was what hurt this film the most. I was disappointed with the editing style.
Another thing that disappointed me a little bit was the creation of the other monster that Godzilla fights. It looks like the monster from Cloverfield. It’s a bit disappointing, because I feel like the monster design is something we’ve seen before. If you want a monster, there are tons of monsters that Godzilla has fought in the past. I’m not sure if they were saving for future installments, but the inclusion of this Clover look-alike was disappointing.
That being said, the effects were pretty good. The setting was a little disappointing, because it was almost like they were trying to hide the effects. Godzilla is often surrounded in fog, but the times it’s not foggy, it’s nighttime! We’ve come so far with effects, just use them. But at least the sound of his roar was on point, and he at least breathed fire, which was cool.
In the end, I was happy with it, but it left a bit to be desired. For something that made me feel a bit better, check out Shin Godzilla (or known as Godzilla Resurgence). For this film, I’m giving it a “B-“.
This Godzilla will be back!
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