Godzilla (2014)

A revisiting of a “force of nature” with tactful revisions, a faithful and sober casts that makes it a certified “monster hit”!

Godzilla

Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Toho and Legendary Pictures present…

Godzilla was first introduced to the public in 1954 by Toho Co. Ltd from Director Ishirō Honda. Its name “Gojira” is actually a portmanteau of a “gorilla” and a “whale” resembling both its massive power and water origins. Since then, the “King of Monsters” became a worldwide phenomenon, a pop culture icon and has served as humanity’s bane for our destructive ways and the use of nuclear weapons while over the years giving it a transition to serve us our protector in reminding us to respect the environment and all forms of life!

Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) finds familiar territory with the creature knowing it is served the best possible interpretation by being based on Japan’s own primordial beginnings! Screenplay were brought to us by Max Boerenstein (Swordswallowers and Thin Men) with the help of David Callaham (Doom), David Goyer (Batman Begins), Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) and Frank Darabont (The Mist). Dialogue was pretty straight to the point giving hints on “will you still be here tomorrow?” or “its not the end of the world” as it gave an awful fan service stigma!

The film had mixed responses from the viewing public seeing that enough was given praise to Bryan Cranston (Drive) portrays lonely and lost Joe Brody for his emotional representation of a man who lost his ill-fated wife Juliette Binoche (A Thousand Times Good  Night) from a tragic occurrence and the worst part was he was considered mentally unstable due to his depression and to think that the government won’t even hear out his plea on the given situation that killed thousands of lives in the process.

Joe and Ford Brody was very instrumental to the premise of the film although it was short lived and somewhat shallow, it is their relationship, the loss of somebody and fear of losing others that made in finding the truth and continuing the fight for survival be relevant to unearthing the story of the  monster which is Godzilla! (and friends) On the other hand, in spite of the given performance, the other cast members seemed underwhelmed or might just even find these scenarios of a monolithic monster a fraud or too afraid to realize the severity of the situation.

Speaking of which, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy) plays husband and wife Ford and Elle Brody. This is their second time that they have worked together with “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was just recently released. The on-screen couple was not realistic nor was their influence of being “actually” terrified on what’s going on around them a bit mediocre. Assuming that they just played the role or there was really no chemistry. Contrasting to what we adhere for these characters realized by being humans, of course all of us wants to see the main protagonist to stomp the living daylights of these M.U.T.O.’s (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) but there is a huge difference in playing the part than just saying the lines! (and making those ambivalent facial expressions)

Yes, the next topic is about a little bit more about science and frankly my dear it does not go too well!  Thespians Ken Watanabe (Inception) and Sally Hawkins (Never Let Me Go) had to go briefly from one scene to another just to compensate the trails of destruction, serving most of the time with foreign locations like the Philippines, Japan, Hawaii, Nevada and San Francisco with the collective initiative of “Project Monarch” who are tasked to investigate these monsters led by Rear Admiral William Stenz portrayed by David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum) who is composed, determined and we still see watching over a multitude of screens but the only difference is he’s no longer hunting for a “rogue agent”. The former two described as actual experts Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and Dr. Vivienne Graham respectively, scientists who did most of their time conducting observations, helping try to nullify the beast while misdirecting the world’s governments and media about the “terrifying force of nature”.

Fans would love to look for easter eggs and there was a few going on when the father and son came back at Jinjira’s quarantined zone. There were insects crawling all over the place, a toy tank and even a nod for Godzilla’s one time nemesis turned ally “Mothra” seen in an aquarium containing a chrysalis and a description at the bottom side while other scenes suggest of what things to come including windows being used to impend flying giants hovering over the city.

To add, the Godzilla design was coherent and looks very much the same from the first film from how it stands, fighting like a bear and moving like a komodo dragon. It got me into a second viewing just to really experience the story and for both the casts and the “king of monsters” play out their respective parts to synergize everything. Sure it was given only enough screen time but it was worth seeing all its dramatic entrance and how it battles these large abominations while giving them the “whip it” and “eat this” one two punch was visceral, precise and a definite killer blow to let it be the last monster standing!

It was definitely a hundred times better than the last representation in terms of story, characters (well they were more ecstatic) than what they have here, plot and directing! This outing was truer in form and how the “big guy” gives meaning to mankind’s nature, would there be any resort? a compromise in order for us to understand Godzilla better knowing that it bears the scars of the past nuclear tests, its ramifications and how it reflects to the term “survival of the fittest” since we are all considered to be “apex predators”. I can’t wait for the sequel and the other monsters that will challenge it in the coming years but for now it needs to rest for the next fight!

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2 thoughts on “Godzilla (2014)

    • You read my mind. It’s the one thing that I have not given enough thought when I reviewed this film, maybe its the eagerness to quickly erase Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla in my memory has something to do with it!

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