Godzilla (2014) was directed by Gareth Edwards and what a fantastic job he did with something that I would view as risky. It had a lot of footage released before the actual film came out, be it from trailers or TV spots and It was starting to get to a point where many people felt that we, as an audience, had seen too much. The trailers, for me, showed a lot but not too much, there are times throughout the film where you would recognise scenes from the trailers but it wasn’t enough to ruin it as the trailers were really well edited and it doesn’t all happen like it does in the trailer, so that was a nice little surprise.
Brian Cranston plays a nuclear physicist, Joe Brody, Arron Taylor-Johnson as Lieutenant Ford Brody, an EOD engineer; Elizabeth Olsen plays a nurse named Elle, Ford’s wife. The whole film follows the individuals of the Brody family; it would be fair to say that Ford Brody is the main character in the film. Many critics had complained that the emphasis on the human element of the film was too large. I see it as giving the film more dimensions and not just a typical monster film. The film travels around a lot and you do need to pay attention throughout the film otherwise you can be left confused and feeling that the film didn’t make sense. Ken Wantanabe also plays a scientist, Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, who names Godzilla, Godzilla.
The film doesn’t follow Godzilla as such, many have complained about the low amount of time that Godzilla is actually on the screen. I loved the fact that he wasn’t always on the screen, there are no words to describe when you first see Godzilla in the film, it’s simply amazing. What I think they did well was that every time you see Godzilla, it almost feels like a privilege. As much as this is an enjoyable film, there are issues and things that could have been better, the characters in the film could have been given more of a background in a shorter time, and the start did seem to drag at times. The CGI in this film is unreal; it is frighteningly good and scary. Godzilla and the other creatures that are in this film look so realistic, the fighting scenes are some of the best that I have seen in terms of effects, the fights themselves could have been better, and there could have been more.
Overall this adaptation of Godzilla is a great start as I imagine there will be more, especially with the hints that feature in this film. The music is probably one of the best aspects of Godzilla; music always improves a film when it is executed well. Godzilla is worth a watch, even if it’s not to your taste as there is likely to be more and it’s likely to be successful. Godzilla has it’s flaws and there are parts that aren’t really logical but putting that aside it’s a strong film.