Godzilla, Film Review: A Fusion of the Old and The New




The Showbook Rating : 3 out of 5 Stars
Gareth Edwards stated in an interview that he tried to stay true to the original as he can. And stayed true he did, as the new “Godzilla” successfully fused the old and the new in one monster mayhem!
The film stars an international ensemble cast led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Oscar® nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Emmy® and Golden Globe Award winner Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).
The biggest superstars of the film are definitely the people behind the character animation of Godzilla. Godzilla still have that man-in-costume prop guy look just like in the 1950’s only with a bunch of 3D flair, scales and “monstrosity”. Peppered with a killer musical score full of unsettling buildup, whines, screams, and darkness while he destroys the cities of Tokyo, Honolulu, among others – the fight scenes are definitely awesome. Something that a true Kaiju fan would love seeing.
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The “human” characters took the backseat in the film. The story highlighted the havoc the monsters are about to create on the different cities, the fights, and destroying the buildings rather than focus on history of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s character and his relationship with his father.
Although we wished that there was more exposure on Bryan Cranston up to the end of the movie, probably him be part of creating solutions on how to resolve the chaos, we understand why Gareth Edwards and the screenplay have to make some changes on his character’s visibility on the fillm. Ken Watanabe is a breath of fresh air in the film, probably his line saying “Gojira!” as one of the most memorable.
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Definitely a must watch of all the Kaiju fans out there! This film will quench that thirst for some real, uninterrupted Kaiju monsterfest. As for the ladies, probably you got to be there as support to the men who will love this film.
The film will open across the Philippines on May 15 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D in select theatres, “Godzilla” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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