Abit ago i did a review of my thoughts on "Kill La Kil
l" and that was fun to do. I was late to talk about it then and i'm late to talk about Godzilla now.
I don't go to the movies vey often and i miss alot of hype, but i find it fun to at least give some opinions on it.
So what i think?
Well for starters i am not familiar with it. I saw the non-cannon Godzilla with Matthew Broderick and i'm a huge fan of Cinemassacre's Monster Madness. Which has covered all of the Godzilla movies.
But i've yet to see the original japanese movies. As a concept... i think Godzilla is frickin awesome. I can imagine alot of people frowning upon the "guy in a rubber suit" but i think it's a charming way to make movies, even if i havent seen them. I would consider giving some a watch.
The 2014 movie... Honestly i hesitate to call it a piece of shit because i'm not that guy. But suffice it to say i was extremely underwhelmed by it.
I was expecting a fun action romp and stomp monster movie with CGI Godzilla fighting other CGI monsters.
As was advertised and oooohhh did i fall for that.
The movie is extremely, EXTREMELY boring. I was stumped.
It focuses completely on the human characters, and not just a select group but a ton, which again... reminds me of the Roland Emmerich film, his movies are known to have "a cast of thousands"
SO there's alot of faces that keep returning which are often steriotypes or people who we keep cutting too, which alway's have the same thing to say.
The general guy who wont listen to the scientists (Which he specifically hired) because his job is to save as many people as possible and "I can't risk the lives of 100 thousand people!" He does this like 5 times in the movie.
The asian scientist who does nothing but look around like everything is intense and in deep thought and "ooohh i'm in shock, disbelief, fear and trying to keep rational" he even does the "Slowly taking off my glasses with a shaking hand" cliche, and he does it at least 6 times!
The "main character"who is just... an awefull actor! oh wow did he suck. My favorite part about that guy is he's alway's in pressure and pain and limping and out of breath and "oh this is so hard you guy's!" While he literally does NOTHING the entire movie all he does is watch and... i suppose his expression is supposed to be like he's stunned with fear when the monster shows up but his acting is so terrible he never shows ANY emotion.
I suppose the movie try's showing us he goes through this hell and how rough it is but like i said, nothing ever happens to him and he never does anything. We never see him get hurt or in pain or whatever.
I mean Frodo had a hard time delivering the ring but he actually did go through hell, physically and emotionally.
But this guy,- Hell by the end he has to disarm a bomb and the clocks ticking and he's got five minutes left and OH MY GOD INTENSE OH NO! THOUSANDS will die if he doesnt stop this!
And then he passes out! Then he wakes up to reunite with his boring wife and his boring son and the bomb is never mentioned again! ANd then the movie is over! We spent minutes of briefing and talks and exposition discussing of how important he is to the mission to disarm that bomb, he's the only one he can do it. And then it happens offscreen! Ahahaha! Hilariously bad.
And keep in mind his character is a SOLDIER, hell he's a sergeant. Real soldiers go through tons of training and boot camp and god knows how much physical struggle to be as fit as they can. Those are trained motherfuckers and this guy cant run a block and disarm a bomb?
Bryan Cranston who i believe is the best part of the movie, i think he's a great actor and can do good drama and comedy... unfortunatly Breaking Bad turned him into a cartoon character but that's another story...
His character actually has a dying speech where he tells the main character he has to look after his family, his wife and son and protect them, no matter the cost.
And yet he never sees them up untill the end of the movie.
The wife saves herself and the son gets saved by this awesome buss driver whom we never see again.
Which is another thing the movie does alot. Show things, people, relationship and then... end them.
Like the little hawaian boy, what was that al about?
And if you've read this all the way has"nt there been something important missing in there? Godzilla right?
Well that's exactly how the movie goes.
40 minutes in we get a name drop "Gojira"
50 minutes in we see his spikes rise out of the sea.
65 minutes in we see him standing up tall.
100 minutes in we see him engage the monster. ( I said engage, not fight)
120 minutes in he kills the smaller monster in ONE hit.
135 minutes in he does his atomic breath for 2 seconds.
140 mi,- movie over.
What a piece of,- No, NO i'm gonna say it...
But there's too much buildup with nothing happening.
The designs of Godzilla's ememies the MUTO's are very cool! And i like their built in EMP ability. But they needed more screentime, way... way more. By tomorow i will have forgotten their names anyway.
Godzilla himself looks fantastic for the whopping 5 minutes you get to see him, speaking of which i hated how he was filmed. Every shot of him we get through a persons perspective which sounds good on paper.
But that means you see him through glass,from a car, from a chopper, through a gass mask, through smoke, flashes inbetween building, different lights and did i mention 80% of this movie is shot at night? Also also... shaky cam... Shaky cam is one of those things where if it's overused you just keep notecing it through the movie and it's distracting, and annoying, and will just make you sick at some point.
They didnt even make them look big or imposing, it had terrible cinematography and also just some dumb effects.
There's this one part where Godzilla is facing the MUTO and our main character is standing backed against a car looking right at him with his trademark uninterested expression.
And Godzilla lets out this awesome menacing ROAAAAARR!!! And then it cuts back to the guy standing under him and... nothings changed.
Are you telling me the sheer power of his roar didnt send him flying? Or ducking clenching his ears from the raw sound power? Nothing?
THat's what i mean, just poor understanding of how to make the king of the monsters as awesome as he should be, i know that might seem like a smal nitpick, but think about how much that could have added, especially if they played around with it and did it way more times. The moment Godzilla shows up and roars, that's basically a cue for the camera to focus purely on him, but that never happens.
It had to many idea's and none of em well excecuted. not to mention the idea's where all about the humans, then dont call your movie Godzilla!
You could have made so many movies out of the half assed idea's alone.
A soldier trying to keep a hawaian boy alive and find his parents in a hostile enviroment, THAT could have been a movie on it's own.
A man who's obsessed with the loss of his wife, looking for answers about her death while his son just wants him to move on with his life, THAT could have been a movie on it's own.
And oh.. i dunno, a giant monster fighting another giant monster, THAT could have been a movie. COULD have.
Honestly i can nitpick everything for hours but to give it a verdict:
It's too long, too boring, 90% of the acting sucks, it has no focus of plot and structure, and is altogether just poorly written.
BUT it looked nice! The creature designs where great and the dark look of it worked well at certain parts. "Certain parts", i just wish the movie wasnt like that all the time so i could actually see what was happening at the screen.
I do not recommend.
Oh and speaking of Kaiju, Pacific Rim sucked too.