Thursday, May 15, 2014

Godzilla

Rated PG-13 / 2 hr 3 min / Action - Adventure - SciFi

What is it about?


The King of monsters is back! The movie starts off with Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (fans of the other Godzilla movies should recognize the name) finding what seems like it may be the original Godzilla's bones, but he doesn't believe it is. They find a parasite inside that is encased in a cocoon, and is prefectly preserved. There is another spot where a cocoon was, but it looks like it has hatched. Move to Japan, Joe Brody is a nuclear plant technician who wants to shut down the plant because of some strange seismic activity. It is increasing in intensity. What could be causing it?

You will like it if...


You like monster movies. Godzilla is back, and is showing why he has always been considered to be the king of the monsters. The story mostly follows the adventures of Ford Brody played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson who is fortunately not asked to do too much. He is the son of Joe Brody who is played by Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad who is plays the paranoid scientist to perfection. Serizawa is played by Ken Wantanabe who has the most iconic lines in the movie other than the Godzilla roar of course. The first time he says "Godzilla" feels like an almost sacred moment in the movie. The special effects are fantastic. The moment where Godzilla walks forward through smoke is one of the best special effects scenes I've seen in recent years. The way they move the clouds and smoke in realistic patterns is something you don't see often. More often you will see the smoke simply fade behind or disappear. I enjoyed this movie thoroughly for what it was, but you can't go in expecting too much. It's still a Godzilla movie, similar to the many foreign versions before it. If only we could go back in time to erase the last hollywood version of Godzilla.

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