It’s not really surprising that a Kaiju movie like this is a blockbuster hit. There are a lot of amazing nods to the Ishiro Honda classics, some of them blink-and-you-miss-its, and some of them clearly portrayed in the movie, and let’s not forget the obvious: giant monsters in the big city. Important questions are already being asked around the internet, such as: What Category Kaiju is Godzilla, and can Gypsy Danger win a Mortal Kombat battle against the King of Monsters? The 2014 Godzilla film is definitely a far cry from the 1998 film. Definitely.
Admittedly, when this new Godzilla movie was announced, I thought of the disaster that was the 1998 movie. I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this one… but I did, immensely. It was the kind of movie I’d pay to see again and again.
Alright, so I may be biased because I’ve always been a fan of Japanese pop culture: giant robots fighting giant creatures? Giant monsters destroying other giant monsters and destroying cities? I’m all for it. I grew up with these tropes, and so I have always had a great appreciation for them.
Back in the day, we had men dressed up in suits to look like monsters trampling over a cardboard city. Now, we have the power of CGI, and it does great wonders for Godzilla. I was wowed when the initial designs and the initial Godzilla posters showed images of the King of Monsters. He looked glorious, and so much like the Godzilla I grew up with– and I mean the 1950’s ones that my dad had me watch when I was a wee little thing.
If you’re a big fan of Godzilla, you should definitely see this film. It’s the kind of movie that you watch because it’s a monster movie. If you come in and expect a deep, human story, you’ll probably be disappointed. Or if you’re expecting Academy Awards-winning acting? Not the movie for you. Godzilla is a Kaiju film through and through, with intense and majestic fight scenes. The movie really highlights the Kaiju, and how it is Mother Nature, and not human nature, that wins in the end.
I give Godzilla (2014) an overall 8.5/10. Seriously, drop what you’re doing now and go see it!
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