Ranked number 4 on my Top 10 Movies to Watch this 2014 is Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards and starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche.
I mentioned in my post that I enjoyed watching the 1998 Godzilla film because the effects and story were fine. Please take note that I was at a very young age when this was released. Plus, I love this genre because it reminds me of the Japanese Tokusatsu television series Ultraman.
Having watched both Godzilla films – 1998 and 2014, I can say that they both did well in terms of story. But yes, there is a BUT.
The 1998 Godzilla had more action and less drama. The action sequence is good. But you tend to get tired of it and you start looking for something that would also touch you. I admit I got pretty emotional when Godzilla was trapped in the suspension cables of the Brooklyn Bridge, then the military start firing and you know how it ended. I was so young back then that I shed a tear. But that was it, nothing more. And that felt wrong.
Additionally, Matthew Broderick and his geeky charm were present. It made the story more interesting because he did many important things alongside Maria Pitillo and Jean Reno. Plus, dropping the name Gojira was better in the 1998 version.
What I did not like in this version is Godzilla. It’s not the real Godzilla. It looked like Jurassic Park turned Godzilla.
Many have seen the movie, and of course, most of us know the story behind it. From there, we can say that film director Gareth Edwards kept his promise. He indeed stayed close to the Japanese roots.
In a series of interviews, Edwards reiterated that he has always been interested in seeing another Godzilla film. With the opportunity given to him, he promised to take a grounded and realistic approach. He imagined people’s reactions if this kind of disaster happens. There is a chance that that same danger seen in the film will materialize in reality. They have nowhere to go. There is nothing ordinary people could do except run and hide.
The first few minutes of the film were intriguing. You wouldn’t want to leave your seat because you might miss an important detail. Viewers were not frustrated but just got them thinking about when Godzilla would come out and how it would end.
The 2014 Godzilla is designed to give one piece of information at a time. As minutes passed, the story started to build and build. In the end, the viewers received a big climax where other monsters films failed. It was powerful and perfect, not to mention the many touching moments equally partnered with action sequences and special effects.
Indeed, the 2014 Godzilla is the closest Godzilla we ever had. If you haven’t seen it, it’s still in theatres. Happy viewing!