In the year of 1954, the Japanese film studio Toho created a monster called Godzilla. Since that time, the monster has appeared in nearly 30 movies, and has become a cultural icon in pop culture. America tried- the key word being “tried”- to bring Godzilla in 1998, but that project failed miserably. Now, on the year of his 60th anniversary, Godzilla returns to American shores to cause havoc once again. The end result is kind of a mixed bag, but the execution is not that bad. This new reboot of “Godzilla” may appeal to the fans, but some might dismiss it.
The story involves a scientist named Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) who, while working at a nuclear power plant in Japan, experiences a nuclear meltdown. He believes that it wasn’t a natural disaster, but something far greater. Fifteen years later, the same seismic activities are happening, and it’s revealed to be a monster that is classified as a Muto (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism). And ironically, there’s two of them. Joe dies after the first monster attack, and so his son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) tries to help with the US Navy to stop the two monsters. All the while the Japanese have created their own monster named Godzilla, and when he goes to fight the two Mutos, the fate of humankind will be at stake for all reasons.
“Godzilla”, rest assured, can wipe away all the bad talk about the 1998 remake and make this movie its own unique reboot. The acting is good, nothing is too over-the-top unlike the Japanese series which relied heavily on silly moments. Special credit has to go to director Gareth Edwards by giving this movie some very good direction. The special effects really showcase the destruction of what’s going on. Godzilla himself looks good, even though it is CGI and not a rubber suit, which is tradition. The Muto creatures look okay, but nothing too distracting or terrifying. The music sets the mood right, even throwing bits and pieces from the original Godzilla theme. Overall, not a bad production.
However, the movie does have a few flaws. For one thing, the story tends to focus on the human aspect rather than actually showing the monster. If a film is advertising that the main star is Godzilla, then Godzilla better show up. In fact, Godzilla doesn’t show up until 45-50 minutes into the movie, but it’s well worth the wait. Finally, the pacing is a bit fast. At two hours, it may seem slow in the beginning, but once it gets going, it goes fast.
In conclusion, “Godzilla” is a great tribute to the original series while staying true to what the King of the Monsters is all about.