Disappointing - but at least Godzilla looks like the original
- Godzilla review by RP
When I were but a mere slip of a lad, I sneaked into the local cinema to see a viewing of the X-rated Japanese original. It was dreadful - not at all scary and the 'monster' was not at all monstrous. I remember being very disappointed - but then I was too young to appreciate its socio-political message.
Back in 1998 I quite enjoyed the remake although it was critically panned, but the roles of Matthew Broderick (too boyish) and Jean Reno (perhaps too closely associated with 'Léon') were just silly.
So I was looking forward to the 2014 remake. But it's disappointing stuff - how can you have a film titled 'Godzilla' without Godzilla? It's a 2 hour film, but he's only in it for the last few minutes!
The rest of the film is largely about a different monster - the MUTOs - who seem to like a nice warm, radioactive environment. One in Japan, one (of course) in the USA - and of course, when they get together they breed - and mankind is rescued by Godzilla and his fiery radioactive breath. Mankind may be safe, but LA does suffer a bit.
There are some well known actors here: Juliette Binoche (a bit part at the beginning), Bryan Cranston (from 'Breaking Bad' - a longer bit part at the beginning) and Ken Watanabe (a longer bit part as a Godzilla expert). No proper use is made of their skills and the cast who fill the main roles are pretty dreadful.
So, too long, silly acting, silly over-complex story, silly made-up MUTOs - is there anything good about it? Yes - Godzilla actually looks like the 1950s Japanese original :)
Disappointing stuff - 2/5 stars
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Much better Godzilla film
- Godzilla review by gazmb
Thank god they remade this after that dreadful Godzilla back in 1998, that had dreadful acting and a Gadzilla that was nowhere big enough and with childish scenes. This was made a lot better with a massive Godzilla the only dissapointing thing for me was that Godzilla wasn't in it enough. I did really enjoy the film though.
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Not what I expected
- Godzilla review by Adam
I have never seen any version of Godzilla before, so really had no idea what to expect, and i have to say I was a little bit let down. However overall it is a good movie and well worth watching. Amazing special effects.
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