Godzilla (2014)

2014 • 123 minutes
4.2
19.8K reviews
76%
Tomatometer
PG-13
Rating
Eligible
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In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world's most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
4.2
19.8K reviews
Kyle Vansteelandt
October 19, 2021
Watching this modern reboot, It was a riveting and haunting experience. "Godzilla" is unlike any creature feature I've ever seen; it feels more grounded with a grave and realistic tone (it feels more like a dark drama), and has giant monsters that are portrayed as animals. And it also takes itself seriously unlike the redundant failure from 1998. The gifted filmmakers have spawned some of the most magnificent storytelling I have ever experienced; The craftsmanship on display is so staggering, the movie convinced me to let the images wash out to my field of vision and let the visuals tell the story. Gareth Edwards (director), Seamus McGarvey (Cinematographer), Max Borenstein, and David Callaham (writers) keeps the whole craftsmanship dynamic, offering sweeping storytelling on an epic sense of scale and an affecting sense of sentimental drama. Gareth and Max enhanced the story by Seamus with execution that flows like a wild river to wash over me. Gareth's direction is most certainly on-point with perfect timing, thrilling close-calls, and scenes that go in the right direction. I admire for the fact that Gareth embraces the human drama involving families and keeps it realistic, something that I can genuinely relate to. Seamus McGarvey has shot some of the best cinematography that my eyes have ever seen; I find every single shot stunning with striking detail and the use of the foreground and the background. There are also some shots where one takes a glance at the monster's immense sizes from a human's perspective. The movie has that gloomy color palette with a pinch of brightness to it. There are more aspects to the story: as a parable, it works effectively with themes of the fact that humans does not have the power to control nature, and about family (particularly fatherhood). The effects are astounding, the visual effects and special effects all look so realistic. The monsters themselves are awe-inspiring. Godzilla (the mighty alpha predator himself) looks magnificent in CGI, and stays accurate to the original Godzilla in terms of body design and movement. The two MUTOs (male and female) are the main antagonists; these sinister beasts with their threatening appearances are creating carnage and devouring missiles that are used for war. One male is giving one war-head to the female so she can use it for her nest that she is building. According to Vivienne Graham, the rivalry between Godzilla and the MUTOs is ancient. From the incredible vocalizations and the formidable stomping from the monsters and everything in between, the sound effects are haunting and thunderous. The score by Alexandre Desplat intensifies the movie entirely with an aggressive resonance. Not only that the score is highly dramatic, it also sounds big enough to match the size of the monsters and the scale of the imagery. His score can sound tender and somber at times too. The film has a compelling plot focusing on the main character "Ford Brody," a likable hero trying to return to his family that he loves, along the way he comes across a clash between two MUTOs and Godzilla, and becomes a Lieutenant of the US Navy to help out. The humans rely on Godzilla to defeat the MUTOs and restore balance. The combination of the fantastic acting from the cast and the approach towards families, have made the characters strongly convinced me to care about them. The impressive dialogue for each character unleashes admirable strength. The relationship between Ford (Aaron Johnson) and Joy Brody (Brian Cranston) is empathetic enough to make me think about my father. Elizabeth Olsen plays Elle (a nurse who is Ford's wife). She is amusing to watch as she plays with her husband and her son. Ken Watanabe is great as the wise Dr. Serizawa who relies on Godzilla, but Admiral William (David Stratharin) argues with Serizawa, he is the commander who only relies on his army in. In conclusion: Because of the craftsmanship and serious style, "Godzilla" offers constant entertainment that is genuine and imposing. Highly Recommended!
Brandon Bauder
January 5, 2016
Look let's face it if your a TRUE godzilla fan you would agree with me when I say it's the 2nd worst godzilla movie. Now Japan gave godzilla an amazing send off, and we all thought it was the end till we saw the commercials for this and we all were super stoked and then after the movie was over you wanted to cry cause it was so bad. If you want to see more go to HaloManB50 and look for my Godzilla review where I go way more in depth with how bad it was.
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Giant Giant
May 10, 2016
Seems to go back to the good ole Godzilla movies of old. Unlike that POS godawfulzilla movie from '98, you know the one that takes place in the most overused city in all of movie making. Anyway this movie is excellent although I could've done with some more monster action and less human story. Nonetheless it all went very well together. Let's just hope San Fran doesn't have as bad of a track record as Tokyo when it comes to Godzilla coming to town lol