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May 14, 2014

Godzilla starstarstar

A movie review by James Berardinelli


Where Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin failed spectacularly, Gareth Edwards has succeeded. Although the 2014 edition of Godzilla isn't the be-all and end-all of monster movies, it's a respectable big-budget effort. Most importantly for legions of fans across the globe, it's a Godzilla movie, honoring not only the look and feel of the Big Green Lizard's most famous outings but paying homage to his entire history. Many of the wrongs committed by Emmerich and Devlin are corrected here. If only the 3-D had been abandoned...

This incarnation of Godzilla transpires in the same universe where at least some of the Toho Godzilla movies were set. It explicitly references the 1954 debut feature and refers to the title creature by the name of "Godzilla." At the very least, that should allay some of the die-hard fans' worst fears that this movie might continue from where the universally despised 1998 film left off. That GINO (Godzilla in name only) has not been exhumed from its shallow grave.

In many ways, Godzilla is a cousin to Edwards' earlier movie, Monsters, in that it focuses more on the ineffectual humans than the monsters. Godzilla is a force of nature like a hurricane or a tornado. Men can prepare for him and execute search and rescue missions, but there's not a lot they can do to stop him. And, while we're treated to several epic lizard-on-giant insect skirmishes, these are observed from the human vantage point. The movie is about Godzilla but it's not viewed from Godzilla's perspective.

The movie takes its time with the big reveal, keeping Godzilla mostly hidden until about midway through the movie. The early scenes transpire 15 years in the past in Japan, where unexplained tremors are threatening the integrity of a nuclear power plant. The husband and wife team of Joe and Sandra Brody (Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche) are tasked with investigating the situation and preventing a disaster. Later, in the present day, the Brodys' now-adult son, Ford (Aaron Taylor Johnson), finds himself in the same part of the world facing a similar situation. But this time, things go beyond the ground shaking and collapsing. A huge insect-like creature, mutated by radiation, rises up and wreaks havoc before going in search of its mate. And an unknown creature out to sea, attracted by the activity, begins to make its way toward land. Las Vegas, Hawaii, and San Francisco end up in the pathway of one or more of the monsters.

Godzilla offers a slow build-up, punctuated by various teasing moments, many of which pay homage to classic monster movies. It provides us with the time and opportunity to get to know the humans before the monsters start rampaging. For Ford, we get a fairly compete backstory, seeing him as a boy facing the evacuation of his home and the destruction of his lifestyle, then as an adult with a family of his own. Aaron Taylor-Johnson isn't asked to do much more than be an all-around good guy willing to sacrifice himself - a role he capably fills. Juliette Binoche makes the most of very limited screen time. Bryan Cranston, despite looking odd with a full head of hair, offers a considerably toned down performance from what Breaking Bad viewers might expect. Elizabeth Olsen, soon to join The Avengers alongside Taylor-Johnson, is wasted as Ford's wife, who has pretty much nothing to do except look worried. One of the greatest points of interest, especially among Godzilla fans, is whether Edwards' version of the creature honors its roots (which the Emmerich/Devlin incarnation didn't) - something it achieves. The Godzilla of this movie is strongly based on the 1954 version but without the "man in a suit" element. This looks how one might expect a giant radioactive dinosaur to appear in this age of top caliber CGI. The iconic roar has been changed to make it deeper and more "throaty." In general, the special effects are excellent, although it's baffling why this was post-converted to 3-D. I know I sound like a broken record but it adds nothing. To the extent that summer movies are all about mayhem and destruction, Godzilla delivers everything expected of it, and perhaps a little more. At the very least, it argues that Hollywood can deliver a Godzilla movie without completely screwing up. Monsters postulated that Edwards might be the man for the job and Godzilla has vindicated his selection. The movie has its weaknesses (the build-up is too long and some of the subplots could have been truncated) but it works. This may not exactly be the Godzilla I grew up with but it's a more than acceptable upgrade. Reelviews.net

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RumasLaut21
RumasLaut21 May 16 2010, 10:24pm says:

171!! i'm 171!! 171
yoou are yo dead?
*bites warrior's neck to make sure*
are you alive beavis?
did he eat you?

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Don't touch me. BRBRBRBRB BLAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW HAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

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RumasLaut21
RumasLaut21 May 16 2010, 11:17pm replied:

*bites your neck*

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp Creator
ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp May 16 2010, 11:18pm replied:

Rip's **** off with giant hand, sorry to be sick but it hurts you more than me!

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RumasLaut21
RumasLaut21 May 16 2010, 11:20pm replied:

*lots of blood gush out of beavis' neck-o
*i slash!
*unhurt

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp Creator
ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp May 16 2010, 11:27pm replied:

You are teh gurl.

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RumasLaut21
RumasLaut21 May 16 2010, 11:33pm replied:

hey! say man! i am a guy!
(bites neck again)

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp Creator
ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp May 16 2010, 11:35pm replied:

Flips off, throws a chimp on her, rips nose off. DR.OCTOMOTHERFUCKINGGONOPUS BRBRBRBRB BLAWWWWWWWWWW HAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!

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RumasLaut21
RumasLaut21 May 16 2010, 11:36pm replied:

*him!!!!
*fires a silver bullet at Tanaka while avoiding his stingray spine
*bites again

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp Creator
ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp May 16 2010, 11:40pm replied:

Rapes the little girl with no mercy. You're really wild today. Crushes neck.

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RumasLaut21
RumasLaut21 May 16 2010, 11:41pm replied:

avoids tanaka's pet dog while slashing again
then bites neck again, (having my fill of blood coolio! free dinuguuan!)

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp Creator
ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp May 16 2010, 11:43pm replied:

Cheater, you can't avoid my attacks, nothing happened, the girl was only dreaming. EAT DINGUS! BTW it's not a dog dummy girl.

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RumasLaut21
RumasLaut21 May 16 2010, 11:44pm replied:

bites neck again, avoids tanaka's pet dog(dogs? gee, tanaka is utilising my canine-phobia), raips XP-Tan
xp-tan here Moddb.com
and here Moddb.com
Bites neck again, free dinuguuan

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp Creator
ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp May 16 2010, 11:49pm replied:

Nope, all of my attacks hit you, and Shoop Da Whoop is mah pet dog. Dog sticks dicky up the girl, eat that! Lol, Tanaka, then you're BloodSapsap, bites ear off, utilizes black hole that sucks girls arm off, blood showers the ground and on my dog and me, DR.OCTO!

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp May 16 2010, 11:52pm replied:

Cut's girls right eye out, more blood showers, girl clenches socket in pain.

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RumasLaut21
RumasLaut21 May 16 2010, 11:51pm replied:

initialises eternal-doom program (the universe is destroyed in 5..4...3...2....1..BOOM!!!)
something went wrong! everyone except me became dogs!
slashes tanaka in half, drinks blood
summons scorpions and spiders and cobras, flies out of the scene,

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ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp Creator
ʇɐuʞɐʇǝp May 16 2010, 11:54pm replied:

Utilizes super black hole, girl gets ripped apart from it, game over, Win.

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RumasLaut21
RumasLaut21 May 16 2010, 11:55pm replied:

concedes.
but before that.... universe destruction program! summons Michael jackson and elvis presley
(everything slides out of existance)

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xAaroNx
xAaroNx May 15 2010, 6:04pm says:

You should play some games online on hamachi :)

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5anfor
5anfor May 15 2010, 2:24pm says:

hes 100 years old maybe he died:P

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ramagon
ramagon May 15 2010, 1:11pm says:

are you live or dead?

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KiwiWarrior
KiwiWarrior May 15 2010, 8:21pm replied:

if hes dead i will cry

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CloneWarrior85
CloneWarrior85 May 13 2010, 11:45am says:

Yo tanka is shootin ma tanka

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mattsky88
mattsky88 May 13 2010, 8:10am says:

hey there whats up mate

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Haruko
Haruko May 13 2010, 4:59am says:

I could ask you the same thing.

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