Flash Movie Review: Godzilla

There was a period of time where I witnessed the destruction of property and the killing of people. On weekends, there was a small movie theater that played a variety of matinee films that showed all types of creatures trying to destroy parts of our world. My friends and I would meet there often, usually right after we all received our allowances, to watch in awe these huge monsters fighting some spectacular battles. Once we were finished seeing the movie we would stop at the local ice cream and candy shop to talk about the different scenes, marveling at how human ingenuity saved us yet again. The shop was our go to place because the owner knew us and would let us sit in a booth for as long as we needed. There were glass jars filled with different kinds of candy sitting on wooden shelves that had the varnish worn dull from use. This all took place from a different, innocent era, where shop owners knew their customers and kids used their imaginations to create fun times. This action adventure film had some of that throwback feel to it, even with its updated story. When an experiment went out of control, mankind soon discovered they were not the strongest species on the planet. The script took a fresh approach in telling the story of Godzilla, bringing in more of a scientific element. There were times where I felt I had reached my limit of facts, but it was a minor distraction. Visually the movie had incredible special effects and I thought the camera angles were unique. It looked as if we were watching scenes from the cast’s perspectives. Personally I would have preferred a few more long shots when it came to the fight scenes; however, the battles that took place in the heart of the city were quite exciting. A steady tension could be felt throughout the movie and part of its success was due to some of the actors. Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy, In Secret) as Elle Brody, Bryan Cranston (Argo, Breaking Bad-TV) as Joe Brody and Ken Watanabe (Inception, Unforgiven) were the standouts for me. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Savages, Kick-Ass franchise) was a poor choice as a leading character due to his limited acting ability. I would have switched and made Elizabeth the main lead. She would have brought more to a leading role. The whole feel of the movie was one of excitement and fun. Part of me had those same feelings of wonder and amazement like I had when I was a kid. The only difference was I did not stop for an ice cream cone afterwards.

 

3 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 19, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. aguywithoutboxers

    I wasn’t planning to see this movie until it was shown on cable. After your review, I think I just might, based on your description of the digital cinemaphotography. Thanks!

  2. Godzilla is getting lukewarm reviews in the UK but it looks like a lot of fun. There was a monster season on TV when I ws a kid and I always loved The Beast from 20,000 Thousand Fathoms. That movie is actually older than Godzilla and on similar themes, but it never seems to get a remake.

    • That is a good description: it was fun and attention getting. I remember The Beast and you are right that it has not been redone, wonder why? Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

  3. Wonderful review! I really hope I will have time to catch this in cinema!

  4. No ice cream cone afterwards? What a shame. 😉

  5. Great review Joltz. Off of the visuals and cinematography alone it is a must watch in theaters. And the way Edwards and the producers carry out the tale is surprising and welcoming stuff as well.

  6. Really looking forward to this… Monsters is brilliant, now he has a real budget to play with. Have read nothing but great reviews.

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