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Radioactive giant Godzilla storms into cinemas 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)


This Godzilla stomps but very rarely romps.

Time Out New York


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

Variety (USA)


Edwards seems to have miscalculated our investment in his cast.

Guardian (UK)


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

Total Film (UK)


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

Hollywood Reporter


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

New York Times


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.

Why So Serious?

Godzilla has all the qualities a summer blockbluster needs. Stunning CGI, fantastic action sequences, and an epic, climatic battle. But Godzilla stumbles in that it takes itself way too seriously, sucking the fun right out of what should be a really fun film, it's about a giant lizard for goodness sake. Also the heart of this film seems to have been ripped out, as you don't really seem to care about the human characters in the end. Beautiful looking film, but lacking fun and heart, the key ingredients of a brilliant summer blockbuster.


The new Godzilla reboot is a hugely entertaining and spectacular blockbuster epic. The story focuses more on the human characters than the monster himself. Godzilla stars a talented group of actors. Bryan Cranston's small amount of screen time is disappointing, but his performance is excellent as Joe Brody, the scientist ignored after warning everyone that a giant dinosaur will rise from the ocean and send mankind back to the stone age. Aaron-Taylor Johnson's character Ford Brody, the military soldier fighting to kill the beasts destroying the world, is rather conventional but a good protagonist nonetheless. Godzilla has been criticized for not having enough Godzilla. There's a satisfying amount of Godzilla in the movie. Too much would make the action less rewarding. Godzilla is a thrilling cinematic experience worth the extra for 3D.

Entertaining and heroic

I like the way Godzilla was portrayed in this movie. There was a reason for all the destruction he caused - he definitely leveled the playing field and allowed humanity to remain as the dominant species. I liked the performance of Bryan Cranston - he was intense and tormented. I feel dissatisfied with the role they gave Ken Watanabe as Dr. Daisuke Serizawawas who was more like a "bland-flavour-enhancer" to try to be more in-tuned with the Japanese version of Godzilla in this movie. They could have given more punch to his role. In any case, I'm still pretty pleased with the movie - overall.

Stunningly Beautiful

Well worth the current hype and works far beyond the monster movie genre. Edwards has made a movie of uncommon beauty and fragility. The quiet scenes on the bridge just before the train wreck and the 'point of view" parachute jump through the clouds into the city were superb....worth admission price alone - and we paid Imax prices :) cast are adequate (though not sure what possessed Juliette Binnoche to take such a tiny role), but who really cares when the creatures are what they went for...and they are truly amazingly brought to life (Weta again?). Please don't let the studios make a sequel unless Edwards is at the helm again. Beauty and Monsters.....who thought it?

He's Back, Bigger and Better

Great movie and very entertaining, worth the bucks and time to watch it on the massive screen as he is massive.


Godzilla was very entertaining. It was a rather spooky, and I'm glad Godzilla was treated like a monster, not an animal. The trailer was full of dark and creepy elements, and this is exactly what the film's about. You get what you're expecting in the sense that there's a huge monster destroying everything it sees, but there was a lot of unexpected suspense.