Review: Godzilla (2014)

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“Nature has an order. A power to restore balance. I believe he is that power.”
– Dr. Ichiro Serizawa

SYNOPSIS: In 1999, the Janjira nuclear plant was mysteriously destroyed with most hands lost including supervisor Joe Brody’s colleague and wife, Sandra. Years later, Joe’s son, Ford, a US Navy ordnance disposal officer, must go to Japan to help his estranged father who obsessively searches for the truth of the incident. In doing so, father and son discover the disaster’s secret cause on the wreck’s very grounds. This enables them to witness the reawakening of a terrible threat to all of Humanity, which is made all the worse with a second secret revival elsewhere. Against this cataclysm, the only hope for the world may be Godzilla, but the challenge for the King of the Monsters will be great even as Humanity struggles to understand the destructive ally they have. – via IMDB

This accurately sums up how I felt during this entire movie:

FINALLY. That’s what it feels like when you finally get to see the big dude!

GRADE 4Gotta say that this was a movie I was really excited about. I watched the trailers, and I was like hell yeah, bring Godzilla back to us! I mean really, that was awesome. Then the film came and I was in the middle of exams and could only pick one film to watch in between it all, so obviously X-Men: Days of Future Past won out, that I was way more amped for. Anyway, the reviews started coming back and they were looking a little disappointing, but I wanted to watch it anyway.

I read recently that a sequel has been okayed, and was like damn, I might have to get to this one. Eventually I did. To give you an example of what happened: I spent the next two hours continually waking my other half up, who was peeved that the movie was such a disappointment, and I lamented that for a movie called Godzilla, there was awful little of the Big G in it… well, at least Andrew of Cultured Left Peg entertained me endlessly.

I am so glad that I did not waste study time and my hard earned money on this crap. The human component of this film was excruciatingly boring. I cannot believe the trailers marketed this movie with a lot of Bryan Cranston, so here I got all excited about that. Guess what? They ripped that joy away from me within the first thirty minutes, too. Now there was an hour and a half left to watch no Godzilla and the terribly wooden Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who, by the way, isn’t even hot in my opinion, either, so I lost on all fronts). Also, whenever he was with Elizabeth Olsen, there was no chemistry there either. Ken Watanabe, another big name draw, was also barely around. I just want to express my irritation with that.

I hated how whenever Godzilla came across those mutos, we saw nothing, just some news snippets after the fact. Goddammit people, I came here for the Big G! I must confess that I thought Godzilla was really well done (on the rare occasions you did get to see him). He was massive, he looked amazing, he moved extremely well, the water shots were brilliant… but that is all I can say for it really.

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38 thoughts on “Review: Godzilla (2014)

    • Zoë says:

      Thanks! All I wanted to see was the Big G tearing up cities or the mutos. Instead there were a whole bunch of boring people taking up screen time 😦

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      • whirlwindsupernova says:

        Hopefully there’ll be more of Godzilla in the sequel. Why make a movie about him if he’s not going to be on screen most of the time? I wonder how they’ll proceed with the next movie…

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      • Zoë says:

        That was my issue. This should have said it FEATURED Godzilla. This might have been fine for a prequel or something. Meh. Hopefully the sequel brings more, though this movie did nothing to make me hope for bigger, better things!

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  1. theipc says:

    Most Disappointed SJB,

    That sounds EXACTLY like why I’ve never been interested in this, aside from the fact that I’m not a big fan of Godzilla. Sounds like I’ve made the right call.

    Love,

    ISC

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  2. Ryan says:

    Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one. It’s one of those movies that even though I loved it, I can totally understand why someone wouldn’t like it. The slow-burn approach really worked for me and I dug all the teasing throughout the film.

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  3. markmc2012 says:

    I’ve been a fan of Godzilla since the 70’s and loved this film. I think the amount that Big G was in it fit with the storyline and worked well in the end. Gareth Edward’s Monsters from 2010 went by a similar pattern of following the people’s reactions to the monsters more than just the monsters and that was a fine film as well. If you want more monsters and beasties then maybe the sequel will deliver more.

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    • Zoë says:

      I do enjoy Godzilla, quite a bunch. Truly hoping to see more Godzilla in the sequel. I think this was just all the more disappointing for me because the whole human aspect we were subjected to was really weak (in my opinion) as well, not gripping enough to make up for the lack of the monsters.

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  4. CMrok93 says:

    I know a lot of peeps had a problem with this movie because it didn’t show Godzilla right away, or spent too much time on the characters, but honestly, I really liked it for that reason. It made the trip all the more tense to be apart of. Good review Zoe.

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    • Zoë says:

      Pacific Rim really sucked! I must say, minimise him on screen if you must to create a bigger impact, but they can’t get away with having him on next to never!

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  5. table9mutant says:

    Looks like we feel similar about this one, Zoe! I hated the humans. I trashed this then gave it a decent rating. I’ll never hear the end of that from the hubby. I’ve lowered the rating a bit now! Lol. I was just being nice. Godzilla was cool, as you say, for the little you actually get to see him… Nice review 🙂

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    • Zoë says:

      Thanks lady. Pffffff, what a kick in the teeth that was. I don’t think anyone is going to let you live it down that you trashed it then gave it a relatively high rating (a 7, if I recall). Glad to hear you adjusted it. I just thought this was exceptionally boring. My other half could barely keep his eyes open, and kept moving just to stay awake.

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  6. emmakwall says:

    Nice review! I took my brother and sister to see this and I think because I wasn’t expecting TOO much I ended up enjoying it. It was a good homage to the old movies.

    I was REALLY SHOCKED about the exit of Walter White!!! But I did find Aaron quite hot luckily. Ha! 🙂

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      • emmakwall says:

        I couldn’t believe it!!! It was done in such a low key way as well, no big goodbyes or shock exits, just a ‘shouldn’t we tell him his dad is dead?’ *body bag wheels by* audience – cannot believe it!!!

        I know what you mean and some bits seemed totally pointless like the bit in Vegas?!

        P.S the son just ‘joining’ the best of the best military was stupid too.

        (sorry if I’ve given anything away)

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  7. caragale says:

    Bahaha wow! You really did not enjoy this one, huh? I’m so glad you went to see X-Men instead!! I definitely see where you’re coming from here–not enough Cranston, Watanabe, OR Godzilla, and Taylor-Johnson was definitely not the best (which makes me a little worried about Avengers). But I still had some fun with it. I’m very sorry that you didn’t, but an excellent review anyway! 🙂

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    • Zoë says:

      Thanks lady. Nope, I didn’t like this, not one little bit. My other half kept falling asleep and jerking awake to try and catch it all. He was more peeved than I was, and he doesn’t usually get that involved with films. X-Men all the way. Well, considering I was not a fan of the first Avengers, I am hoping that this one is better, though I don’t really have hope for him as Quicksilver. Yes. There. I said it.

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      • caragale says:

        I think in the end, Evan Peters will def win at Quicksilver. Joss Whedon can only do so much magic. Hahaha. I forgot you didn’t like Avengers though! Here’s hoping the next one changes your mind!

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