Opening credit sequence rolls over archive footage of nuclear tests in the 1950s. Credit information is redacted with strips of white tape over cut this footage. Nuclear bombs are going off, military personnel slipping on protective eye-wear, ominous Godzilla spines briefly emerge from beneath the waves. From the very start you just know this is going to be great! The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
It takes some time to get going, but when it does the whole thing just explodes! The first act lays the ground, sowing the seeds of conspiracy and getting all the science out of the way so we can accept and enjoy the second explosive act with a sense of believability. However it is in the final act when the film comes into its own as the fire-breathing Godzilla and the M.U.T.O. meet in a formidable encounter. The absolute destruction in this movie makes the likes of Transformers 3 and Man of Steel look like a scuffle, but unlike those two movies, the destruction was necessary! The performances are remarkably compelling, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen ground the story in real life showing the consequences this gargantuan monster fight has on the family. Bryan Cranston proves once again that he is an absolutely fantastic actor, Ken Watanabe is also extraordinary as the one scientist who is essentially the voice behind Godzilla’s rampage. Both these big actors pretty much play supporting cast to Godzilla which is amazing because for as amazing as they are we came to see The King of Monsters!
Why did I choose this movie, well it was part of the lads weekend to go see Godzilla and then eat some Japanese food. The only real experience of Godzilla on the big screen was the 1998 version but setting that awfulness aside I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. Great big monster fighting other great big monsters… and Brian Cranston. The movie seems stand alone, and I doubt that any of the cast would return or even need to in a sequel which I think is amazing as it will keep the focus on the Monsters and keep the cast fresh. The soundtrack is absolutely astonishing every instrument is used to perfection and draws you in and keeps you rooted in the moment! Gareth Edwards has not just rebooted a franchise here; he’s introduced what will hopefully be a petrifyingly destructive franchise that will leave Godzilla fans screaming for more.