Director: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Story: David Callaham Screenplay: Max Borenstein
Released: May 2014
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston
I thoroughly enjoyed Godzilla. I thought it would be just another King Kong movie: looooooong, with a damsel in distress and a brutal ending highlighting the selfishness of mankind.
However, this was more like a monster sci-fi movie. Giving a nod to Jurassic Park, Space Odyssey (music), War of the Worlds, Captain America… You name it.
A movie that plays on our fears of nuclear and natural disasters… And, giant lizards. It’s fantastic. My favourite part is when they talk about why the nuclear testing occurred in the 1950s. Very. Scandalous.
The director definitely teases us. Every time we think we’re about to see Godzilla, he cuts away. Just as a massive fight is about to happen, he cuts away. Right until the bitter end! Certainly keeps you interested though.
The sound design is flawless. Absolutely incredible. Don’t waste it by watching it on a laptop or something. Invest in some decent speakers or headphones, because you don’t want to miss the sound effects of some of these monsters!
Yes, you may have noticed I’m using a plural: monsters. IT’S SO AWESOME!
I think the makers may have spent all their money on making the monsters look realistic, and on the spine chilling sound, because the smoke and landscapes in some scenes look quite unrealistic. But I’m not complaining! Something had to give.
Better than Kong (2005). This is scary, exciting, and untypical of the genre! Must see!
Godzilla 2 is, of course, on its way.
Jodie’s rating: 8/10