Godzilla 3D

Out Now On-Demand

Radioactive giant Godzilla storms into cinemas (in 3D and IMAX 3D) after nearly 30 Japanese films and two prior American versions. Excitingly, this is from director Gareth Edwards - his second film after the excellent Monsters (2010).

The diverse cast includes Kick-Ass' Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche. Co-writer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) has said the film will present Godzilla as "a terrifying force of nature", and on the story's arc said: "There is a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It’s not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It’s different, it’s a different set of circumstances than you’re used to seeing."

Reinstating Godzilla as a creature of stature and awe, this fresh Hollywood take on Japan’s iconic atomic monster may not be perfect but shows that getting overexcited about Pacific Rim was a mistake. I’m sorry, ok? Some may not be happy that Godzilla keeps the monster pummelling to a minimum, but by presenting much of the film from our puny perspective, Godzilla avoids exposing the harsh truth that watching CGI creatures beat each other up has limited entertainment value.

Director Gareth Edwards did something similar with the low-budget Monsters, which out of necessity focused on the human story at its core as the film’s protagonists navigated a region ravaged by giant aliens with the minimum of special effects. Add $160 million to the equation and the places navigated by Godzilla’s characters, as well as the big guy himself, are impressively brought to life.

For the most part, as with Monsters, we experience the film alongside its characters. An enormous city-destroying lizard is seen through gaps between buildings; a rampage up the US coast documented in TV news graphics – and this approach immerses the audience in the pic. Despite the efforts of Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and their fellow cast members, though, there aren’t particularly compelling individual stories to tell, nothing you haven’t seen from Hollywood characters before. Experiencing it from their point of view though? Awesome.

Empire (UK)

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This Godzilla stomps but very rarely romps.

Time Out New York

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A bit more human drama wouldn’t have gone amiss.

Variety (USA)

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Edwards seems to have miscalculated our investment in his cast.

Guardian (UK)

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Gareth Edwards's big-budget B-movie lacks a human face.

Total Film (UK)

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That rare breed of blockbuster that emphasises character over spectacle and slow-burn tension over relentless action sequences.

Hollywood Reporter

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On a second try, Hollywood does the behemoth justice. Almost.

New York Times

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One of the pleasures the movie offers is the thought that actors who have done splendid work elsewhere are being paid well for shouting, grimacing and spouting expository claptrap.

WOW what an unexpected win

GO AND SEE THIS IN A CINEMA!

This is easily the best action-esque big screen spectacle Ive seen in years.

On top of that its also a decent flick. The human interest story just isn't and the lead actor is almost a young Keanu (but not in a Bill and Teds or even Matrix kinda way).

All in all this is easily the movie that I have least worried about spending the stupid amount of money it now costs to go to the cinema on in over a year....hold on...how old is The Avengers?


Great Godzilla

AS far as size and noise goes this is the best Godzilla yet. It honoured the original and the idea of the Japanese legend that has been created. Cranston sets the story off to a rip roaring gripping start and its continued somewhat by Taylor-Johnson till the bitter sweet end, they have done well to develop a Godzilla that can exist in today's environment and in fact thrive on our greatest failures, my opinion bigger is better and this being the biggest Godzilla yet I take my hat off to a job well done!


And Godzilla came back from ashes

Finally, someone had Godzilla reborn for the best.

Sensitive subject, but I am particurlarly fan of the way Gareth Edwards extracted the very essential substance of Godzilla to adapt it to our current world, govern by capitalism and globalization, and lead it to be significant to everyone, whilst keeping deep roofs present in the history.

More globally, very good movie. Let's see how this will evolve.


monster madness

Loved the screeching,loved the monster battles,loved the cliches !