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“Godzilla” [2014] – Review (POSITIVE)

May 21, 2014

Screen shot 2014-05-21 at 8.22.29 PMI’ve loved Godzilla for such a long time, I remember watching the early morning cartoon series, you know the kiddie show, that featured cute little Godzooky. But my love never really started with a campy kids show, the first Godzilla picture I remember watching was “Godzilla vs. Gigan”.

I only have my mother to thank, getting me involved with the classic monsters dating back from the 30s to the 80s, whether it be Universal Classic Monsters or the Asian Invaision kaiju movies like Godzilla. Be that as it may, it wasn’t until later in life, 7th grade perhaps, when I finally made my way to the original 1954 Ishirô Honda classic, “Gojira”. It was then I found a new kind of affection and admiration for the creation of cinemas king of all monsters.

For many who’ve yet to see it, or just haven’t figured it out, “Gojira” was an allegorical response to the atom bomb, the Japanese having a personal connection to such horrors with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the monster of Godzilla showed audience members the (fantastical) affect such horrors can have. Is man mean’t to create such destruction?

Fast track 60 years later, director Gareth Edwards has managed to retell the story of Godzilla in a newer, and just as thought provoking fashion that Honda achieved in ’54. The thematic substance of nuclear power still plays a key factor in this version, however, Godzilla, and the foes he faces represent the forces of nature herself.

In a world where super storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, any and every natural disaster making it’s way onto the news, scaring the public into a frenzy, it makes perfect sense to play out the pair MUTO creatures in that way. However, Godzilla himself is brought in as the balancing act, where nature has a certain way of measuring and balancing the chaos to a norm again, this is what Godzilla is for the 2010’s of this generation.

Of course, like nature, movie goers have a natural course of how they see a new film, and bitching/moaning comes second nature for them. “We don’t see enough of Godzilla!” “Why do we need to focus on the military?!” “Why are there people in this movie?” “Why–this???” “Why—that??” PEOPLE! If you so claim to be the Godzilla fans you’re claiming, did you ever even see the original 1954 film? He’s in that movie much less than the amount he’s in Edwards’ film.

Screen shot 2014-05-21 at 8.22.54 PMCalm yo tits! And yes, granted the human characters (with the exception of Bryan Cranston’s) are boring and uninteresting, but less we forget (with the exception of the original) many of the human characters in the other Godzilla films were cliched and dull to the max.

When we see a Godzilla film, we come to see two things; people screaming & running in sheer terror, and Godzilla duking it out with big bad ass ugly monsters. WE GOT THAT! And then some in this film. The “Jaws” approach was very smart, and refreshing, the slow burn reveal of all the chaos that’s eventually being thrown at us was effective, and the pay off was extremely rewarding. I saw this film in IMAX, and the climactic atomic breath Godzilla spews earned an epic applause from the majority of the moviegoers. But, haters are gonna hate. I loved, I was satisfied, and no one can take that away from me. Bring on Round #2, this time with King Ghidorah entering the ring!

3D GRADE: B-

MOVIE GRADE: A-

FINAL GRADE: GRADE: B+

Aaron Shore, is a contributing blogger for the film sites of Hudak on Hollywood & Insta Reviews.

You can follow Aaron on Twitter @DoubleAAProd

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