Review: Godzilla (2014)   2 comments

 

…The King of the Monsters has returned.

This trailer does little justice in showing just how BIG Gojira (Godzilla in Japanese) is in the 2014 incarnation of the legendary monster.

 

This one’s a good depiction but isn’t quite there. Here’s the main movie poster:

Now we’re talkin’. If Godzilla looks bigger than he was in the 1998 movie, you’re not imagining things. He’s over twice the size of the 1998 versions. Here’s a size chart I found on Google:

Awesome yet terrifying, yes? 150 Meters is about 500 feet if you need the conversion.

Still not convinced? Here’s Godzilla’s entrance just before he goes to war in San Francisco. I reccommend you play this with the volume turned all the way up =D

And thank goodness Godzilla doesn’t really exist. Otherwise, we’re prettymuch screwed. He makes the T-Rex from Jurassic Park look like a four year old having a temper tantrum and his 1998 self look like a hormonal teenager.

That said, let’s talk about the movie itself.

As another reviewer put it, the humans in Godzilla 2014 were irrelevant to Godzilla. Sure, there were moments where Godzilla’s simple appearance saved some lives but it wasn’t necessarily the intent. In the movie, Professor Serizawa describes The Legendary Gojira (Godzilla) as THE Alpha Predator and may have existed for millions of years. Back in the day, there was much more radiation on the earth’s surface and in the atmosphere. Said radiation was a good source for these monsters. Monsters like the Muto were common and also prey for Godzilla. As radiation levels on Earth’s surface lowered, most died off but some moved underground and fed off the radiation from the Earth’s core.

Fast forward to 1954: The Nuclear Weapons tests were actually concerted efforts by the U.S. and Russia to kill Godzilla. They obviously failed since Godzilla returns 44 years later in 1999. In 1999, tremors herald the soon return of the King of the Monsters yes, and something else entirely. Fast forward to the present day: The Muto pod that had been kept in the ruins of a nuclear power plant in Japan hatches. This Muto–a male with wings–not only feeds on radiation but it can emit an electrical field that knocks out power in whole cities as it moves. To make matters worse, a pregnant female Muto awakens in North America and moves to link up with the male on the west coast. just when it seems all is lost, Godzilla  makes his spectacular entrance in Hawaii.

Godzilla chases after the Male Muto and fights both fo them in San Francisco. Yes, the humans are doing everything they can think of to stop the rampaging monsters (and failing miserably, no surprise) but again, it’s obvious they’re out of their league. It’s as Professor Serizawa says in one scene:

Godzilla is a force of nature, a truly neutral force in the grand scheme of things. At least, that’s how I saw him depicted in this movie. Monsters arose, Godzilla wants to kill said monsters. Godzilla and Winged Muto wreck Honolulu and level most of San Francisco, both Muto are slaughtered by Godzilla. Godzilla sleeps in the middle of the wreckage, wakes up the next morning and returns to the sea. Only one time in the entire movie do you even see Godzilla even LOOK AT a human and that’s before he takes a break during his war with the Muto. I think at that point, Godzilla understood the soldier made sure the Muto he was fighting would be the ONLY ones he’d have to deal with.

Anywho, I give the movie a 10/10. Plus it’s been confirmed there will be a sequel. I SWEAR, I thought of a kid I knew when I worked for Camp Joy when I saw this movie earlier today. He was a hardcore Godzilla fan and I have no doubt he’s seen this movie by now or soon will. What would happen if Godzilla reallt existed? Soneone decided to make a video explaining just that.

Me, I’m pretty sure I’m going to watch Godzilla two more times this summer and buy it when it comes out on Blu-Ray. That’s just speaking for me, though…

 

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2 responses to “Review: Godzilla (2014)

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  1. The result is entertaining enough after the slow intro, and the effects breath-taking, but I am not entirely sure this is actually what people had hoped for. Worked for me, but definitely won’t for many others. Good review.

    • It’s funny you should say that: Everyone who’s seen Godzilla 2014 and loved it is very familiar with the ‘Zilla Universe.

      Everyone who’s seen it and hated it either only saw the 1998 version or were not familiar with the Godzilla universe.

      Let’s be honest: The Humans’ story is the B-Story and is forgettable. ‘Zilla, on the other hand–he deserves an oscar =O

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