Last night I took myself to go see “Godzilla”. Full disclosure: I am not a fan of the monster movie genre. I have seen nearly all the old “Godzilla” movies (thank you curious son). I hated the Matthew Broderick version of “Godzilla” for multiple reasons. Putting all that together, I wasn’t expecting to like this movie, let alone really enjoy it. Why did I go see it then? Two reasons. It looked like it was going to be a big screen kind of movie and I really really like both Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe. So, there I was, by myself, at a 9:30pm 3D showing of “Godzilla” opening night. And it was brilliant!
Before we go any further, there will be some spoilers in this review, so if you haven’t seen it I would suggest just knowing I loved the movie and go see it! If you have decided to read further, don’t complain if I spoil things for you! Let’s start with what irritated me about the movie.
My biggest pet peeves through the whole film were centered around our hero, Ford. First, we see him as a kid on his father’s birthday, wanting to hang a birthday banner but being thwarted because dad woke up extra early that day. Catastrophe happens and the whole town they live in is evacuated in a moments notice. All things are left behind in the quarantine zone (radioactive area). Well…years later Ford and his father return to get computer discs with important research on them. The area is desolate, broken down, covered in vines and run over with packs of wild dogs, but the banner? Oh that banner is still hanging and legible as if it had been placed there the day before. Spare me. I can suspend disbelief for many an item, but not this. Small yes, but when the rest of the film was so focused on details, this seemed sloppy. Continuing with my irritation with Ford is that he is ALWAYS at the right place at the right, sometimes wrong, time. I know it’s a movie, and he is the hero, but it was contrived and got annoying by the end.
Now the good. The script, direction and performances were all good. Not great, but solid. Casting was a little off with Juliette Binoche as Ford’s mother, but all other roles were well cast.
Ready for the great? Godzilla himself! The effects were astounding and when he finally breathes his fire I MAY have fist bumped, then clapped, all while saying “YESSSSSSS!!!!” under my breath. Godzilla is the anti hero. He goes after two MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) that are wreaking destruction everywhere they go. It was great! My chief complaint with these MUTOs was that they look a lot like the creature from “Cloverfield” and I kept trying to think how I would have made them less like that creature. Even still, they were pretty freaking cool!!!
Brass tacks here. The movie is rated PG-13 and deserves that rating. Although I saw at least 6 kids under the age of 8 at the showing I went to, little ones should stay home. There is no nudity, no sex and I don’t recall even one swear word. There is great intensity though. My adrenaline level took a while to come back down after the movie. Oh, and just to save you some time, you do not have to stay through the credits. There is no extra scene or flashy stuff that happens during or after they roll. I stayed to make sure. This is an excellent popcorn movie. 3D was cool, but not necessary. Some movies are just made to see on the big screen, this is one of them. I give this 4 out of 5 magnifying glasses!