hey guys since everyone has pretty much seen the film now you all may start sharing your thoughts on the new film. :)
Thank you all for being patient. :)
**AL** : Hi guys, please check also this threads.
I tried to post my review but got an error message, mybe it's because it's quite long.
Anyway, if anyone wants to read it then it's on amazon.co.uk here: Godzilla 2014 - a review!
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There is only one word for experiencing a kaiju up close cinematically, and that word is AWESOME. I hate how that word is so overused that it has lost most of its meaning and impact, so I will define awesome again: a mixture of fear and wonder.
Think upon that carefully. What other word do we have in the English language for feeling both so afraid as to soil yourself, simultaneously with a desire to stay and marvel at what you are seeing? That is what awe means. That is what a kaiju should be, and (in this film) definitely is.
Nowhere other than in a movie theatre can you use a huge screen and truly thunderous speakers to reproduce the experience of a kaiju and Godzilla in particular. It is for this reason I will be a shill for seeing this film cinematically, and not waiting for a video release. You simply lack a sufficient entertainment center to recreate the experience of a kaiju up close and personal. Godzilla delivers 3, including the titular monster.
I liked it a lot. Good entertainment value. The downers, sort of, is the "hiding" approach to portraying the monsters and Godzilla's rather weak beam breath. But still a good watch.
at least the movie was successful. :)
Godzilla passed, what is for me, a kind of litmus test. There were times during the several showings I went to that I actually forgot that I was watching a movie.
The film's story is rich and textured. The whole idea of the nuclear tests in the Pacific actually being attempts to kill Godzilla is brilliant. The exposition and back story provided by Dr. Serizawa and Dr. Graham was riveting. I hope Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins return. I would also like to see the character of Admiral Stenz in the sequel. David Strathairn was convincing as the decisive, yet thoughtful military leader. Sally Hawkins did a lot with not only her lines, but with her facial expressions and even body language. Watanabe's Serizawa is the Japanese link to Godzilla and the human reminder of Hiroshima and the atomic origins of the Godzilla mythos.
Bryan Cranston was brilliant as the driven, but tortured Joe Brady. He carried the burden of what he knew, but could not prove with a pain that was palpable and easy to feel and relate to. He made the film personal and of easy access, and in the process, allowing us to travel with him on his part of the film's narrative and journey. And Godzilla feels like a journey. The film literally (and physically) takes us west to east across the Pacific Ocean, leading to the Great Reveal in Honolulu, and then the climatic and decisive battle in San Francisco.
Despite the disparate elements, the film feels like an organic whole, integrated with a semi-documentary feel to it. I've enjoyed it immensely each time I've seen it, which has been (so far) eight times.
It's satifying to see someone embark upon the actualization of a vision and then fulfill it.
Kudos to Gareth Edwards, Thomas Tull, the Cast and Crew and everyone at Legendary.
And thank you.
nicely put there my friend you hit the nail right on the head with what you just stated. :)
Thank you for the kind words.
The riveting nature of the exposition given by the Monarch scientists, Dr. Serizawa and Dr. Graham was matched by the persona and presence of Godzilla. He was given a definite and compelling role in the film’s narrative. Godzilla was hunting the MUTOs. He was, for the most part, oblivious of mankind. There was the exception of The Look between him and Lt. Ford, a kind of mutual recognition, exchanged between two warriors, fighting, as it were, the same fight. But this was an exception, because Godzilla was driven, with a purpose.
In some ways Gareth Edwards’ portrayal of Godzilla was reminiscent of Gamera in Shusuke Kaneko’s Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. Godzilla allows the Navy to track and follow him across the Pacific Ocean. His focus is the MUTO’s. He demonstrated a singleness of purpose in his pursuit of them. Similarly, Gamera was obsessed with wiping out the Gyaos.
At the Golden Gate Bridge, it seems that Godzilla absorbs the Navy’s surface to surface missile attacks, shielding in the process, the traffic on the bridge. He could have swam under the bridge. It reminded me of Gamera shielding Officer Yonemori, Dr. Nagameni and the little boy from the sonic beam of the Gyaos on the pedestrian bridge.
The massiveness of Godzilla is convincingly realized. He has a personality without being anthropomorphic. An example of this is the way he stands up completely and rears back before he uses his atomic breath weapon.
However, during the first viewing, I wasn’t completely convinced that Godzilla wouldn’t turn on the military at some point. He seemed rather sentient. Perhaps he was somehow aware that they were planning to use nuclear weapons on him. Again.
Dr. Serizawa and Dr. Graham seemed to be relieved when SPOLIER ALERT
Godzilla came to after appearing to be down for the count. This reminded me of Asagi’s relief at Gamera having survived the plunge into the petrochemical complex.
So, there was some interplay between the humans and Godzilla, although not on the level in the Heisei Gamera trilogy. It was well done, believable and not overdone. It was hinted at, with a subtlety that contrasted quite well with the brute force and visual onslaught of the giant monsters.
Who knows, perhaps in the sequels, Godzilla may not be so friendly. After all, the H-Bomb ‘tests’ in the Pacific in the 1950’s weren’t really tests, were they?
Jamaal, dead on man. The gamera trilogy has had a huge effect on these monster movies. Looks like Godzilla is taking the same path. :-)
Also Jamaal you might want to take a look at this. :-)
You might be glad you did. :)
My review of 2014's Godzilla. It has the darkness of Rodan, Varan, Gorgo, Reptilicus, and Gigantis the Fire Monster. It lacks the idiocy of GMK, Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, and Godzilla's Revenge.
A ten out of ten. See it, you will not be disappointed.
With just enough human drama to sweep the spectacle of giant monsters destroying everything in sight, Godzilla restores the franchise's Atomic breath breathing glory.
My second favirote Godzilla movie
My favirote Godzilla design.
"...I hope they remember you."-Thanos
i saw the film a day after the release and it was great it started out slow but as the movie progressed it got better edwards did a great job with bringing the monster back to life and im looking forward to the next 2 films.
I loved the animation, the story's premise, and the monsters. But the acting (aside from Bryan Cranstan and Ken Watanabe) and movie as a whole was horrible. Though we all obviously didn't come to see story in a Godzilla film.
I don't know if this has been posted (and I apologize if it has), but here is a rather interesting review of Godzilla from Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Review:
The reviewer makes some interesting comments about the film and it's relationship to Gareth Edward's Monsters, reviewed here:
The review of Monsters has made want to watch it again.
Here check this out.
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