Saturday, May 17, 2014

Review of Godzilla

I saw the new Godzilla movie. He gets along so swimmingly, it could be subtitled, Godzilla Joins the Navy.  If you like giant monster movies, you’ll want to see it. If you don’t get this genre, there’s nothing really new about it to drag you in. Although, they’re a little coy with this movie: often we just see the plates on Godzilla’s back or its tail, rather than a full view of the monster.

Okay, so what follows are spoilers, kind of. Instead of summarizing the plot, I’ll make a few wry comments. As is typical with Godzilla movies, the initial human interest scenes before any monster appears are rather boring. Yes, they do need to set up the why behind what’s happening, but the humans just are not interesting when you came to see a monster smash skyscrapers.

I’ll reveal that Godzilla fights two monsters, both of which reminded me of the monster from Cloverfield. So the makers of this movie can think of it as Godzilla vs. Cloverfield.

The marketing has been odd. The military speech in the trailer above does not occur in the movie. And the scene at the end that reveals Godzilla wasn’t in the movie either.

Also, the second trailer above makes it look like the Statue of Liberty was damaged, which made me wonder how Godzilla got into the Atlantic, but that turned out not to be right. And I don’t remember the phone conversation between the husband and wife that way. It was more like he simply told her to stay put (which didn’t turn out to be the greatest idea).

Elizabeth Olson (the older sister of the Olson twins) is rather striking. They do such intense close ups, her eyes rival the size of the monster.

So have fun with Godzilla Joins the Navy or Godzilla vs. Cloverfield or Godzilla vs. Elizabeth Olson’s Eyes


Crystal Collier said...

Ooh! Now I totally need to get out there and see this. Man!

Stephanie Faris said...

I know I'm old, but it bugs me that they're remaking movies they remade a decade or two ago. Maybe that's a long seems like just yesterday the Matthew Broderick version was out!

Mark Murata said...

In Japan, the Matthew Broderick version was not even called Godzilla. The big iguana in the movie did not resemble their traditional beloved monster.

Tammy Theriault said...

it's going to be interesting for me to see, if I go see, this movie and how it's going to be remade! I'm definitely not a fan, but don't shame me!!


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