From the director of the stylish independent alien film Monsters, comes a reboot of the classic Japanese monster film series Godzilla. The question on everybody’s lips was “Is it better than the last time America tried Godzilla (1998) ?”, it really really is. It would be hard pressed to be worse to be fair.
Bryan Cranston works in a nuclear plant in japan when a tremor nearby causes mass destruction to the facility and, the loss of Bryan’s wife. Many years later he finds something whilst searching the ruins of the old factory.
As a big fan of the original Japanese movies, it was a real delight to see that they have moved back to a more traditional design of the beast. And really what this film does best, is making Godzilla feel big. Through fantastic special effects, and beautiful building destruction scenes, you get a real sense of the enormity of Godzilla. And this is all very well put into perspective as the film generally focuses on the people, rather than the monsters. As such it is actually about an hour until you properly see Godzilla. And you know what you don’t even notice how long it’s been, because the characters are genuinely believable and interesting.
When it comes to the action scenes with monster on monster fights, and copious building destruction, Godzilla is fantastic. Where the 1998 incarnation felt like it took longer than the cold war, this is too short. I genuinely was quite disappointed when there wasn’t more film.
There are small problems in this film, Bryan Cranston isn’t in it enough. And while the plot does hint at other themes like American paranoia and nuclear worries. There isn’t quite enough subtext for my liking. However this was a hugely enjoyable blockbuster, and it was so much better than the 1998 version, even to compare the two is an insult to Gareth Edwards’ work.