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Monday, 19 May 2014

MOVIE REVIEW // GODZILLA

First of all, let me just say how freakin' excited I am to be able to post a movie review on this blog whilst the movie is actually still relevant. I don't post movie reviews half as often as I'd like because despite being a self confessed movie buff, a lot of the time I don't get to see films until they've been out for a long while. Luckily for me, I have an awesome older brother (which is probably where I get my love of film from, from him and my dad anyway), who was just as eager to see the new Godzilla as me. So, my brother, my sister-in-law and I all headed down to the IMAX in London on Saturday to see Godzilla & I'm very pleased to be able to pop up a review after seeing this film during it's opening weekend!

It's no surprise that parts of Godzilla reminded me of Cloverfield (giant monster causing havoc around the U.S? How can I NOT be reminded of Cloverfield, especially given that Cloverfield was actually inspired by good old Gozilla), but I think it was the trailer that made the two most similar to me. The trailer for Godzilla was definitely intriguing, and I LOVED the fact that for most of it all we saw was glimpses of the huge monster - a tail here, a foot there, before finally just Godzilla's roaring face at the very end - but I think we all knew what to expect. After all, Godzilla is one of the most popular franchises since 1954! However....I was wrong. I was very wrong. The trailer doesn't even cover a 5th of what actually happens in the movie and my god is this a smart move. I'm not going to reveal any spoilers of course, but you know when you sometimes watch a trailer and it's pretty much summed up everything that happens in the film? Well, that's not the case here. I mean, yeah, we all know it's about a giant monster being generally bad-ass, but let me tell you, when you get around to watching it, there's a lot of WHAT THE F*CK moments and this is a very good thing.


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I've read that this Godzilla is probably the film that pays the most homage to the original Godzilla films, staying faithful to how he was perceived in the Toho series, which I really like. It's very modern and up to date, but even though I only ever saw the last American Godzilla back with old Matthew Broderick, reading this made me happy. It's always nice when a monster can still scare the bajeebies out of you and be so bad-ass and amazing whilst still staying true to it's original roots, no matter how old it is.

From start to finish this film is action packed with battle after battle. I mean, after one action packed scene, I barely had time to blink before more buildings were being crushed and knocked down by giant tails or Godzilla was leaving yet more destruction in his wake. If you want to be blown away by a really massive & off the scale action/monster movie, then you need to see this film ASAP.

There was, however, a few great supporting storylines, from Bryan Cranston's character knowing some shit is up and trying to get to the bottom of all the Government's lies, to the very fit Aaron Taylor-Johnson trying to get home to his wife and kid amiss all the havoc. Bryan Cranston has come a long way from being Malcom in the Middle's slightly bonkers dad, and I have to admit, I was really impressed with his acting in this film. Of course I've seen him in Breaking Bad but I think I was worried it would be hard to see or accept him in a role other than Walter White. After being surprised at how genuinely young he looks when he's not playing the role of an awesome drug dealer, Bryan Cranston was really bloody good in this film. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was really impressive too, considering this is the first time he's been cast in a proper proper action role. I really liked his character and felt even amidst all the monster slaying that was going on, he still managed to tug on my heartstrings for a few tender scenes where he was missing his family and such.

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Be still my beating heart! The very lush Aaron Taylor-Johnson
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We didn't actually see much of Elizabeth Olsen and for the first five minutes of her first scene I just kept thinking 'WHAT IS UP WITH HER HAIR, WHY IS IT SO FLAT' which I know isn't very movie critic of me, but it was getting on my nerves. It made more sense when it was revealed that she was a nurse so probably didn't have time to style her hair, but c'mon girl, haven't you ever heard of dry shampoo?? But moving on, I did feel she was a good actress too, this is the first role I've ever seen her in and she was good, but I would have liked to have seen more screen time with her!

And to the movie critic side of me - having studied Media (Moving Image) in college, I spent a good two years studying film and everything involved from soundtracks to editing effects. I kind of geek out when I see a good movie and I was thoroughly impressed by some of the shots used in this film. One shot I loved was just a view of the San Francisco skyline, all smoky and damaged, as the soldiers parachute down into the havoc.

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Another shot I really loved was when Aaron Taylor Johnson's character, and another soldier, are lying on an old wooden train track/bridge, and the camera pans over them as we just see glimpses of something passing behind their heads through the gaps in the wood...
 
All in all, Godzilla was amazing. It was a perfect blockbuster hit, and the ideal big monster movie considering we haven't had one in a few years now. If you're going to see it, however, I'd recommend going all out and seeing it at an IMAX. This film BELONGS on an IMAX screen. If you can't get to an IMAX, then a normal cinema screen will do but trust me, you'll regret it if you wait until it comes out on DVD. Godzilla is action packed, has a great supporting cast, includes strong storylines and has amazing special effects. I'd definitely recommend going to see Godzilla as soon as possible...

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2 comments:

  1. Nice review! I really enjoyed the movie too, after all I am a *HUGE* Godzilla fan.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I love Godzilla too, I can't see why anyone doesn't haha :)

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