Directed by Gareth Edwards, Staring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.
Delving into the history of famous and ancient monsters, this remake takes a very different approach to its predecessors.
There are many complaints at the moment that the film industry is struggling to create new material and is instead churning out a dozen or so remakes per year. This is true, although if you cast your mind back to 1998 with the disaster that was Godzilla, you may release this remake is needed if done right.
Godzilla is a huge Icon for Japan, it is one of the symbols originating from Japan that is recognised universally, so many complained that there was no need for the Americans to take this film and remake it again. However I am so glad they did.
Although note, that though is it American money that made this, is it the talent of a British director to manages this with a british actor. While he managed to pay homage to original Japanese film.
Having only watch the previous 1998 version,this remake completely redesigned not only Godzilla, but our understanding of the monster while cleverly designing a plot that changes how we view him, this makes Godzilla an incredible film to watch.
Without discussing the actual plot in too much detail, Godzilla is not the only monster in this film brining a totally different dimension to this film. Like Jaws, Or even Alien you are not shown Godzilla for the first 45 minutes of the film, this allows the suspense to be huge and dominating, and keeps Godzilla fresh and interesting.
One aspect this film manages to capture which has not been achieved in many recent films, by this I mean Pacific Rim (another monster film made a year ago by the same company) is the shear size of the monsters. Having watched this in 3D cinemas you suddenly have an appreciation and sense of total awe of just how damn big these monsters are. While the posters show Godzilla standing next to various buildings demonstrating it’s size, this trick as been done so often that it holds no conviction. However when scaling this against a human and suddenly the appreciation is understood.
Considering this is Edwards second film, and first big blockbuster film he manages to balance the human aspect with the monsters while not reducing this to a purely action film. There are moments of pure destruction but they are interchanged with the humans as well creating an incredibly well thought out and balanced film.
The cinematography is breathtaking, nearly all the shots are perfect. No words I can write can explain the feeling you get when watching this film, which is why seeing this in the cinema rather then your home screen is essential. The cinema screen allows you to appreciate the size of the film while allowing the sound to be amazing.
One small note which was incredibly refreshing was the use of some of the characters. In a majority of films where something is happening connected to the supernatural or monster or purely beyond our ability of understanding. You will have one character who tries their best to explain to the military what to do without being listened to or understood. Although this does happen in the film with Bryan Cranston’s character it is incredibly brief which allows for a much smoother tone as humans work with humans and listen to each other. Creating a non-patronising but commutative effort to save each other.
OVERALL ***** not one moment of this was I bored, instead I was amazed, entertained and blown away by the intelligence that has clearly gone into this film, from the plot to the different camera shots.
RECOMMENDATION- even if you are not a fan of Godzilla this is still a film worth watching as this is an outstanding film, needed to be seen in cinemas.