Godzilla (2014) Movie Review

Godzilla was released in the U.S. on May 16, 2014 and directed by Gareth Edwards. It is entertaining in spurts, but not a great movie in the end.

The story features Godzilla sort of… It really features people more, while Godzilla is hardly even there until the last half hour. It is kind of disappointing to see that they made this movie yet didn’t really even give us that much Godzilla. The story is basically a string of monster battles while trying to also deliver touching moments in the process. Godzilla does reign triumphant in the end (not really a spoiler considering… duh, it’s Godzilla).

The cast wasn’t the best, however they weren’t really bad either. Aaron Taylor-Johnson played Ford Brody and while he wasn’t in the movie for a long time I still enjoyed his performance the most. I have always liked him in his other films as I just think he brings a unique charm and an attitude to each of his roles. The other notable cast members included Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche. I felt like they all did a decent job, however none of their performances really wowed me. I felt as if they were bland at times and not very inspiring.

I don’t really have a lot of good things to say about this film as at times it frustrated me a lot. One good thing was the CGI… for the most part. At times it looked incredible and it was very cool to see, but other times it did look pretty cheap. I liked the last 20 or so minutes of the film when Godzilla was actually featured. They did a good job with the fight sequences and the look of each of the monsters. That is really all of the good that I have to say about this movie.

I really didn’t enjoy the characters in this story. They each seemed pretty bland and there really wasn’t a whole lot of development into them. The next thing that really bothered me was that I just didn’t see a purpose to this film at all. The movie spent too much time just setting up random fight sequences that didn’t even matter at all. I honestly would’ve been fine with Godzilla just fighting monsters for 2 hours straight rather than what we actually got. The fight sequences were all also very dark and I could hardly even see the monsters which really made me upset. It seemed like a lazy story that they just needed to put out so that they could get some money. The film is also surprisingly and sadly a slow burner. This should never be the case for a Godzilla movie, but yes, I was pretty bored throughout a lot of the runtime. Until the last 45 or 30 minutes there really wasn’t anything too important or entertaining going on.

Godzilla delivered some things that I wanted towards the end of the movie, however they weren’t incorporated into enough of the film. I didn’t think that the story was interesting or effective really at all as it seemed pretty lazy and unnecessary. I do give props for all of the CGI and special effects work as that definitely helped the movie somewhat survive.

Rating- 5.5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness. A film that could have had a way higher rating, but they saved all of the good moments for the last 30 minutes.

Thank you for reading this review and feel free to comment what you thought of Godzilla. You may also suggest any other movies or TV shows that you would like to see reviewed or ranked. Cinema lovers unite!

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