First off, let me start by saying this review will be solely based on Godzilla (2014) and not compared to any previous film. With Godzilla being one of this Summers biggest titles and highly anticipated films, viewers were surely in for a treat based on the trailers presented. One of my favorite scenes in the previews comes, when the military is skydiving above the city coming down towards Godzilla with the night sky casting over them and lit flares attached to their legs. Personally, I for one had high hopes for this film and couldn’t wait to see it, but those high hopes led to a disappointing outcome. From the trailers, we are led to believe the film focuses around Breaking Bad icon; Bryan Cranston who plays Joe Brody in the film. This is far from what occurs and his fantastic work is short lived as he only plays a small role during the beginning. Cranston’s short role was only one of many disappointing outcomes in Godzilla.
Most of us all know the story and science-fiction tale of Godzilla, so I need not to go into details of describing who or what is Godzilla. The 2014 version is a reboot from the film franchise which retells the origins of the Japanese film monster. Directed by Gareth Edwards and also starring; Aaron Tyler-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn and Ken Watanabe, the film doesn’t deliver the strongest cast. Although, much of the acting isn’t necessarily where this film has trouble. The acting was par at best and couldn’t save the overall outcome. A large portion of downfall comes following led character; Ford (Aaron Tyler-Johnson), who is the son of Joe Brody (Cranston).
Ford is your typical military life person, spending a lot of time away from home serving his country and missing his family. Throughout Godzilla, we are carried on his back through a series of events which all seemly happen to this one man. As things unfold and the monsters develop, our military for some reason relays on Ford as if he is the only available bomb-tech. The scenes go from one extreme after another with Ford in the heat of everything and I mean EVERYTHING. Monster in Japan, check! Monster on Hawaii, check! Monster in Nevada, check! Monster in San Francisco, check! Ford was there for each piece of action; as I said before, everything.
So, why do we go see a film such as Godzilla? Of course, we all go because we want to see tons of action with Godzilla destroying all things in his path. We were given slightly more when it comes to destruction due to the two added monsters. One of my best descriptions I can give would be to call it; Rampage, a classic favorite arcade game of mine. The fighting between Godzilla and these extra monsters is nothing short of awesome. In fact, the action scenes of them fighting is more than likely what saved this film from being a complete disaster. My only complaint regarding this, there just wasn’t enough. Most of the best scenes come in the last 20 minutes and leave you thinking there should’ve been more.
As a final thought I will say this, I overheard another person walking out say it best, “Well, I didn’t think they could mess it up, but well, they did.”
If you’re expecting a lot from the 2014 version of Godzilla, you’ll be disappointed. The film falls short, leaving you wanting more action. It is not a complete waste on money, you will be entertained at times.