Film Review: Godzilla
Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is a through and through blockbuster that should prove enthralling to viewers.
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Godzilla is a great modern example of spectacle cinema. Director Gareth Edwards has learned from the best in making the audience wait for the visual pay off. When it does come, it is a fantastic spectacle.
Godzilla distinguishes itself from recent movies of this ilk by maintaining a straght face throughout. There are no humorous asides or comic characters or relief. This may have been a negative had it not been for the fact that everything else in the film is so well executed. This lack of lightening the tone adds tension in pivotal scenes.
The film does feel formulaic in some respects. There are some familiar disaster movie tropes to be found in this version of Godzilla. Nonetheless, the narrative unfolds in a way which keeps viewers engaged. Edwards’ direction is on point; he proves he can handle wide-scale action with aplomb.
The characters in Godzilla are not more important than the overall action. This is by no means a problem. The audience will want to see the action rather than dwell heavily on a sob story. The film’s protagonist gives enough to root for without delving too far, and unnecessarily, into his psyche.
Special effects in Godzilla are magnificent. Production and sound design are also most commendable. The use of 3D is not overt, but it does add depth in a subtle manner. Godzilla‘s opening titles are great at setting the scene, referencing both history and the history of the title character in film. Aaron Taylor-Johnson makes a suitable hero. Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe provide decent support, whilst Bryan Cranston packs the most emotional punch in a small role.
This version of Godzilla is far more likely to stand the test of time than its 1998 predecessor. Godzilla delivers the spectacle that is required of a blockbuster such as this, and it does it with style.