Godzilla (2014) – Review



A remake of the japanese classic Godzilla this year is definitely a movie about people and their dilemmas. From this premise then we have the backdrop of the threat of colossal creatures towards the destruction of cities and the annihilation of populations. It is true that to have a good plot of suspense is essential that have the point of views of victims, after all she builds a relationship of “concern” between the viewer and the heroes of the movie.

But this Godzilla directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) the character theme of the movie is content with very little screen time, not to mention the unnecessary development of its human characters. The first act of the movie is what suffers most by presenting almost an hour arc starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston. Suffers because he is too patient to present their arguments and ultimately prove irrelevant to the final balance of the movie.

The wait for a disaster film extends too far dragged into a development of characters we’d like to see as supporting and not otherwise. And while hope the viewer to see the chaos proliferate remains after the slow half of the movie have already gone, the long awaited Godzilla hundred meters is not exactly the creature that we have longed.  It is not the design of the creature, which incidentally is quite convincing and threatening, but the “motivations” of the creature and its true role in the unfolding of history shows that at least disappointing. After all the vast majority expects a true beast, without conscience or limitations and having only through its gigantic form and predatory instinct, the goal of destroying wherever he goes. Unfortunately the argument built by the script of Dave Callaham and Max Borenstein limits the creature.

Even if you have some good action scenes, like the descent parachute that had already been presented in the trailers, plus a few scenes of destruction that prove the potential of the direction of Edwards in this regard. Another highlight is the appropriate use of sound effects during the actual action scenes that help create tension. It would be much more profitable recovery of these stunts and destruction to what is expected in a movie that has the name Godzilla.

And to not keep talking about the shallowness of the characters in Taylor-Johnson and Cranston, is worth remembering that in terms of futility, the roles of Ken Watanabe and Elizabeth Olsen are the worst. The first as a scientist put on display just for exercising the important function of speaking the classic catchphrase: Gojira! The second seems to be lost or thrown in the film only to gain time in a barely functional subplot.

Godzilla could have been an opportunity to good use, even using some of the scenes of this final product, but investing more in its true potential feedstock. The perfect example of the lack of focus on the most important element of the film is when we finally have the opportunity to attend the first meeting of Godzilla with his “antagonist”, but the director simply cuts the scene. It is saddening.

The frightening scream of Godzilla which occupies the speakers of the film a few times during the movie, you might actually desperate appeal the poor creature to try to be part of your own movie monopolized by these pests called humans.


Director: Gareth Edwards

Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

3.5/5 – Good

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This post was written by Jeff H.

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