- Apr 29, 2007
- Reaction score
I'll see it when the crowds die down. And the hype.
I would venture more time was spent writing that post than was spent writing the script for the original version.Just back home from seeing this movie. Where to begin ?
I will give away no spoilers so its safe to read on as this is not a full review.
Firstly, the 3D effect has come along way and was used cleverly to enhance rather than overawe you. There were a couple of 'arty' scenes showing off the camera mans skills and the amazing depth of field. I never felt the 3D to be gimmicky or too intrusive, unlike in some earlier 3D efforts. The sound system was immense with Godzilla's roar shaking the cinema and the music at times reminded me of the 1954 score without ripping it off.
The film takes some time to really get going, setting the scene and trying to flesh out the science and existence of the huge creatures. In fact kids will be a bit lost for the first 30 minutes or so, so be warned. This is a serious movie with no humour, totally unlike the 1998 Tristar offering. There are a few parallels between both films, but this is inevitable when describing giant monsters, or Kaiju as the Japanese name it.
The 1954 'Gojira' is payed homage to, explaining the origins of what you are to see and helps to create a reasonably plausible story line. This aint Shakespeare, so dont try to over intellectualize it ! The actors tried their best to get a foothold in the script, but once the 'Big guy' got stomping, they were never going to act him off the stage. Cranston did an impressive job with what he had to work with and i could have done with seeing more from him. Typical human folly, conspiracy theory and Army/Government meddling abound, though blame is not easy to place. I dont know if this is a bit close to the memories of the Twin towers or Fukushima for the US and Japanese audience, there is a lot of devastation.
The monsters are realized very well, Godzilla being given the gravity and poise you'd expect. The Muto's are unusual and not as easy on the eye, but the CGi was well used.
There are many holes you can pick in the storyline, but this is a huge piece of fiction to convey and make interesting, so some details will be skipped over or rounded off to keep things rolling.
Over all I really enjoyed it, Godzilla wins the day and we are all thankful for that.
There was not too much saccharine at the end, but the producer wants you to feel a warmth toward our anti-hero at the conclusion of the Film.
To sum up, go see it in 3D on a big screen. Dont expect an 'Independance day' style bravado and humour. I dont think young children (rated PG12) will be entertained early on, unless they are 'Zilla' mad.
I am biased to the 'King of the Monsters' from a young age and will see this again before the DVD comes out. I really liked this movie as did a friend who is not really into this genre, so without the help of distance, i'd score it 8 out of 10. Just maybe, we will see more of Gojira before too long, I for one certainly hope so.