Godzilla 2014

Year: 2014
Rated: 12A
Director: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe,
Score: 2/5

Bring back Matthew Broderick. Although the 1998 movie relied on worms and included baby Godzilla’s that looked like Velociraptors, it is better than the newest outing. The majority of the new Godzilla movie is either shot at night or shot when there is a lot of dust around meaning that not much is visible. You can’t see most of the scenery or of the monsters which doesn’t work well as the film then has to rely on what the actual characters are doing. Only a few clear views of Godzilla happen and, with only a full view in sunlight happening at the end of the movie, he doesn’t look that visually appealing.

Godzilla is a giant monster that originates from Japan in 1954 that has gone on to become one of the most featured monsters in movie history with 28 appearances to date. Some of the films take a less serious tone and have Godzilla acting as a hero whilst others have him pinned as a destructive entity. This new film takes the former approach. The film relies on human interaction only when the plot slows down and the gaps need to be filled in. Two Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms (MUTO’s) hatch and journey to meet each other to breed, causing destruction and mayhem on the way, whilst emitting EMP’s (Electromagnet Pulses) which ruin the army’s chances of taking them down. A scientist (Ken Watanabe) believes that nature should be left to restore the balance and puts his faith in Godzilla coming to destroy the creatures. Meanwhile the army puts faith in Lieutenant Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) as he knows the most about the MUTO’s due to one killing his mother fifteen years years before in Japan and the same one recently killing his father (Bryan Cranston) at the same site. However it is Godzilla who saves the day.

There is no real plot in the film. The two MUTO’s hatch, meet up, fight Godzilla, Godzilla wins and the film is over: there was no need for any humans in the film. Godzilla is the hero and yet doesn’t turn up until halfway through the film leaving the first part to be filled with empty space and meaningless dialogue. The EMP that the MUTO’s emit is somewhat believable as the creatures feed off of radiation and spent fifteen years stored in a nuclear power plant as they feed off the radiation. Godzilla though has a less believable power, one that would be more suited to a B Movie and not a Hollywood blockbuster. He can use Atomic Breath which initiates when his tail starts to glow a light blue until the light reaches his head. He’s now fully charged and lets loose the beam that pretty much instantly kills the MUTO’s. It’s a major cop-out as nothing else is needed.

From what is visible the film is good. The majority however is unseen and so is underwhelming. Stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. are married in this film and next year will play brother and sister in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Without the need for human involvement in the film, most of the plot and dialogue is unnecessary. A sequel has already been confirmed with more creatures for Godzilla to fight. Though this one had two similar creatures, albeit one had wings and one was over 100 metres tall, the next will see Godzilla face off against King Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra. These are an armless, three-headed dragon, a mutated winged lizard, and a giant moth. If the film has a plot and isn’t just the cast sitting around watching the four creatures fight each other then it should be a superior film.

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