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Monday, 19 May 2014
Film: 'GODZILLA' (in 3D)
I had deliberately not seen the 1999 Roland Emmerich/Matthew Broderick version because of practically universal negative reviews so I can't compare. But whatever that was like, I'd say "Forget it! This one would be extremely difficult to surpass."
Director Gareth Edwards has already produced the high standard, minuscule-budgeted 'Monsters' of 2010 - an object lesson on how to deliver good quality entertainment on a shoestring. (I understand he produced all the CGI effects of that film on his own computer in his bedroom - and it doesn't show at all on screen.)
Here, for Godzilla, he's given his head with a multi-million dollar package to play with and, in no way disappointing, he yet again pulls out wonders, as he should with his many times huger resources!
Most of the first half of the film is set in Japan, disclosing how the monster inadvertently came to be generated through nuclear tests back in the 1940/50s. Then it moves briefly to Hawaii and then to California.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, an English actor whose name I didn't recognise until looking up his credits, plays the American lead, assisting the army in its fight by imparting information which his father (Bryan Cranson) had been collating about the effects of the nuclear tests. He actually plays someone one cares about, a character with more background than the usual ciphers we see in such roles. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the marvellous Sally Hawkins whose appearance, almost entirely in the first half, is purely functional and could have been performed by just about anyone. After that we see almost nothing of her.
Not knowing the original story I'd assumed that there'd be only one monster, that of the title. Far from it. I say no more.
The special effects are really breathtaking throughout - and there are many imaginative touches involving bridges, trains, tunnels, ships, aircraft and God knows what, all looking as fresh as if we are seeing such for the first time
It takes a lot to impress me since CGI came along, but I have to aver that some of these are truly amazing. I was sitting literally open-mouthed for much of the time.
The action rarely slows - only for the emotional scenes involving the male lead and his family, but they don't spoil the pace. In fact the entire film, at two hours in length is, though long (actually rather short for films of this ilk) it doesn't outstay its welcome.
I'd strongly recommend that this be seen in 3D and on the biggest screen available to you. It would be a shame if the capacity to knock one back in ones seat is diluted.
I'm within a whisker of endorsing this film with an '8', and if I did I wouldn't have been afraid of inviting potential ridicule. But I think if I had done so I might be regretting it on the morrow as it being not as profound as other films to which I have already accorded that very rare score. So, seeing that 7.75 is not available in my own rating system, I'm more than happy to award this 'Godzilla' with a still splendid ........................7.5
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OMG now I really thought this would be bad. Now I have to rethink it.ReplyDelete
That was my fear too, Sol. If it hadn't been for the good reviews I wouldn't have bothered. I'm glad I did - it's one hell of a ride. If you get the chance do give it a try.Delete
My friend Pat (of Toronto, Canada) is going to see this movie tomorrow. Thanks for the review.
I hope he'll be able to see it on a really big screen, Ron. It needs it for maximum effect even though the structure of the film itself I thought superior to the usual standard for this genre. It'll be good to find out from you, either here or on your own blog, what he thought about it.ReplyDelete
He saw it in 2D and he said it was "alright." But based on your review I'll see it in 3D. Thanks!
3D will certainly make it a different, hopefully more positive, experience, Ron. We have a slightly higher cost here to see 3D films, even if you bring your own glasses, but I think the little bit extra is worth it. Have a 'nice' couple of hours!Delete
Just as through itReplyDelete
Will review tomorrow
I agree with some of what you have said............
I'm biting my nails, J.G.Delete
Bet your not!Delete
Actually I am, or near enough. With your own many times more followers than I have your view is going to be far more influential than my own blog. But, as I've said before, there's no 'right' or 'wrong' opinion.Delete
It was quite a different cup of tea than the original and it wasn't just a remake of one of the old movies. It had a new spin; and overall it worked. Go Godzilla!ReplyDelete
Phew! Some relief that I what I said might have been part of the reason you may have spent money and time needlessly. Happy that you thought it worthwhile and pleased that you also felt it was refreshingly different from the usual offerings of this type.Delete
Unless it received a panning, I am not going to miss a Godzilla movie!Delete
I can't quite go that far, Dr Spo. It would need to attract that 'something special' quality from the critics (which this one did) before I can enthuse to seeing another.Delete