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Godzilla (2014): Review
From the very start when watching Godzilla (2014), expectations are mixed among audiences and for myself they were fairly low, having been severely disappointed with Roland Emmerich's vision and direction for Godzilla, released back in 1998. As someone whom before watching Godzilla (the 1998 release) had no idea what the name represented, it wasn't high on my list of must-watch remakes, had it been to my knowledge that there would be a remake of the film in 2014.
Having said that, when I recently saw the Godzilla remake (2014), I was happily surprised to see that the film was something of a power-house, addrenaline-pumping and so far from the 1998- Godzilla mistake, it's hard to believe they are both based around the same character and idea.
It's worth noting early in this review that Godzilla (2014) is a modern remake, actually better than its predecessor, being the 1998- Godzilla release. Although Godzilla isn't the best film to be released in 2014, it certainly delivers entertainment for audiences.
Plenty of action- to keep those into monster vs. monster fights happy, as Godzilla isn't the only giant walking among earth.
Plenty of Sci-Fi- to get all those into the "out-of-this-world" entertainment pumped up, as Godzilla is a creature everyone wants to know more about.
Plenty of disaster- tying in nicely with the 'action' element, since what's the first and foremost thing we all want to see in a Godzilla film? Well, an unreal amount of unnatural disaster would be great, in which Godzilla (2014) definitely delivers.
Popcorn at the Ready!
Godzilla, by far the most exciting film to watch in 2014 so far, due to the spectacular on-screen CGI of the character, Godzilla, accompanied by the amazing special effects, which make the whole film worthwhile watching.
Admittedly, I didn't go to the cinema to watch Godzilla, instead, opting to wait for its release onto hard-copy. I regret this decision to this very day, as I can imagine how great it must be to see Godzilla on the big screen, not that home viewing of the film is bad, but nothing like the experience you get at the cinema.
By no means a run-of-the-mill action/Sci-Fi film, since it delivers a powerful experience for audiences, unlike any other Godzilla film which has been made previously.
The sound effects in Godzilla are truly something unusual, but most definitely brilliant, as they add to the realism of the Godzilla character and the other giant creatures in the film.
Godzilla offers something for everyone in the 'core' audience, due to the brilliant portrayal of the almighty Godzilla character which offers for the first time, a realistic and extremely powerful looking Godzilla, really putting the "god" in Godzilla.
So, how does the film pace, from start-to-finish?
The start of the film is as expected, easing you into who and what the Godzilla creature is, giving the back-story. Easy there-on-in to get to grips with the story which flows beautifully throughout, always pushing the excitement, from scene-to-scene.
The only fault I have in the flow of the film, is that I spent an awfully long amount of time anticipating the arrival of the Godzilla character on-screen to find that it took nearly half of the movie to finally see Godzilla in all of its glory.
Other than that slight matter, the film paces really well keeping your interest as it slowly introduces new 'giant' creatures to keep the film feeling fresh and exciting to watch.
Clearly, Godzilla isn't going to win any "Oscar" awards for the best acting of the year, but still clarifies as being one of the most entertaining films of 2014, containing a ton of CGI and special effects which we have all grown to love over the years, especially now it has developed into something amazing.
Adapted Well to the 2010s (Decade) Audience
Since the last Godzilla film, back in 1998, it had put a lot of people at a loss, as to whether or not there would be another Godzilla remake, and luckily there finally has been, and it is by-far the best Godzilla film produced to-date.
The 2010s decade is the ultimate decade for CGI and special effects, since it has developed and become better than ever before, raising the bar for action blockbusters. Godzilla is one of these great creations, utilising CGI and special effects very well, giving audiences a spectacular film, worthy of being a 'blockbuster' film.
However, the acting in Godzilla could have been far better, as it felt like the film was pushing key characters into the spot light constantly, leading to even more disappointing performances.
Although, luckily audiences eyes are drawn to the Godzilla character, due to this being the star of the show and thankfully not the key characters (quite as much).
Official "Godzilla" (2014) Trailer -- Enjoy!
Have you seen Godzilla (2014), and if so, how would you rate it?
Thank-God for the "Godzilla" 2014, Remake
"Godzilla" is a film you will be talking about in 10 years time, as it stars an iconic film character (Godzilla) which has become an eyecatching character in the world of film-making.
There was one question that kept on creeping into my mind whilst watching Godzilla, which was, "I wonder if there will be a Godzilla sequel". This seems unlikely considering the film did well at the box office, but not jaw-dropping-lie well, but wouldn't that be an interesting film to watch.
The appearance in Godzilla from the well-known actor, Bryan Cranston (starred as Walter White in "Breaking Bad") was a happy surprise since he certainly has screen presence, most likely due to his strong facial expressions and unique/noticeable voice.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson also stars in Godzilla and plays the biggest role in the film, due to his character starring all-throughout the film as the brave solder who helps in the fight to rid the threat of the giant creatures, including "Godzilla".
Great right? ...well, not really, as Aaron Taylor-Johnson can become a little annoying at times, although relevant to the story, offering more feeling to the film, as his end goal is to get back to his family.
The problem however, isn't necessarily in simply the fact that Aaron Taylor-Johnson can at times become annoying on-screen, but also clearly not the right man for the part (in my opinion). Although, it may not seem obvious, since most viewers watching Godzilla may brush over Aaron's average acting performance, as they anticipate the scenes showing the Godzilla character.
The only criticism that I have with Godzilla is the acting performance from the key role wasn't the best. I'm sounding picky, I know, but still an important issue for any film reviewer to address, as this does have a knock-on effect on the quality of a film.
But, Godzilla is still a good film with the potential to offer excitement on a whole new level.
Godzilla (2014 and 1998) Film Info.
Box Office (Worldwide Gross)
Available on Netflix Instant (UK)
A "Godzilla" Sequel!
Would you watch the sequel to Godzilla (2014) if this was ever to happen?
"Godzilla" (2014) - - "The Good One"
Finally, a good Godzilla film offering something you can watch again and again, as all action 'blockbusters' should be.
The 2010s is turning out to be a great decade for films, especially actions, as it's becoming more and more clear that this is a genre audiences are favouring these days, thanks to the excitement films like Godzilla offer at the cinemas.
Godzilla (2014) Rating
"Godzilla" ("the good one"), the first in the "good" film series, is a remake of the iconic "Godzilla", focusing on the Godzilla character. A good remake, although the acting performances could have been better.
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