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Godzilla we meet again. When I heard that they were going to make another Western adaptation of the king of the monsters after the woeful performance that was the 1998 movie I had some doubts at the back of my mind because American adaptations of Japanese monster movies don't always fair the way they would like. As just mentioned the 98 movie that was done by Sony left a lot to be desired and for contacts that's being generous and polite.
But in all fairness I think the fact that 16 years had passed since the previous attempt it was the right time to actually have another crack at doing a Hollywood movie of Godzilla and to be fair I had little to complain about this movie other than the fact that you never really saw too much of the titular character and whenever he would show up it would cut to a newsreel clip which I found that to be very during as the movie would go on I mean the first or second time you can overlook it and just go with the flow of the movie but after that the third or fourth time you're looking up at the big scream a little bit of disdain and you just want to see the full Reveal the creature cos that's what you paid your 6.50 for.
I think the biggest faux pas that this movie committee was killing off the main leading protagonist in Bryan Cranston who he is actually putting in the best acting performance that the movie can offer and he's taken out of the equation I think maybe 30 to 40 minutes into the movie? And to me that was a huge red flag. That'll be like killing Michael night off in a new adaptation of Knight Rider when it's completely unnecessary or uncalled for it or another example you have a Superman movie where you kill him off in the first 2 to 3 minutes and it's not even the Domesday adaptation.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson I didn't really have too much of a problem with his casting because I know the fact that he's actually a very credible actor from his roles in the first two Kick-ass movies to the John Lennon biopic of the singer's early life and then we get to this movie and I did have high hopes that he would actually put in a decent performance but he is flatter and blender than a wooden post in this movie. I appreciate as a soldier he has to have his emotions in check and he has to be able to be calm in the midst of a storm and a an explosive situation I get that. But even soldiers have to have some charm and charisma and I just wasn't feeling that from him. The only other actor other than Bryan Cranston that was lee putting in any level of effort was Ken Watanabe and I really liked his character showed a lot of conviction and a lot of commitment to the role that he was putting in.
And I suppose we should talk about the the star himself the titular character in Godzilla. Now I'm going to go on record in saying that I didn't have a single problem with the design of the 1998 creature. I felt for the town that they were going for the movie in trying to make Godzilla be as believable as possible that this is a creature that can run fast speeds at the size that he was there to make him a much leaner and more Athletic creature I totally into the design and the look of the of that particular creature I did have a problem. Because this incarnation of Godzilla was going to be more faithful to his origins then it came as no surprise that they were going to pay homage to what the 1954 movie had done but at the same time really beef the creature up and make him look as non rubber suited as they could possibly do and I really like the fact that when you hear Godzilla roar it is actually the original roar from the 1954 movie but it has been sound re-engineered just so that there is much more of this force of nature to him.
I do like the fact that it's not Godzilla vs the Armed Forces like it was in the 1998 movie with this one there are other creatures that are present that have come from the depth of the ocean that he is come from the living of irradiation what is what these beauties are actually after and I noticed there is a similar elements from the 98 movie whereby they are laying eggs to try and take her to to take over as the most dominant species on the face of the planet.
And I do like this one sequence where g-man deals with son by unleashing his halitosis breath right down the neck of one of them pretty much putting a stop to their plans for world domination.
The score in the visual and special effects do their part for the movie that I don't have any place to complain about them I guess they did their job I have no complaints with them especially the photo-realism of Godzilla and I don't know if it's just me but he looks a lot larger than what he has been in previous movies although from what I understand in one particular version and I'm pretty sure Kaiju Noir will correct me on this there's one version where he's supposed to be like 1'000 feet tall that would be a very tall order and a very long day at the office for any Armed Force on the face of the Earth.
I suppose the final verdict would be this - this was in much more satisfying pay of that that laid the groundwork for this own Cinematic Universe known as the Monster Verse to my understanding and I think it's got a very strong star that was good characters especially good writing I'm just annoyed that you know the one actor who was trying to carry the entire movie on his back was killed off before the first hour.
But on a more serious note whether you're a fan of Godzilla or not is irrelevant you are going to finish this movie on DVD, Blu-ray , 4K or even on streaming platforms and come away feeling like you've got your money's worth and then some.
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