Godzilla… He’s (sometimes she) a big lizard stomping around the city mashing up shit. This is what the real fans want to see. Instead we get tease after tease after tease and no real “Holy crap! Godzilla’s kickin’ ass!” moments. Instead, what we get is a handful of characters that have no dimension to them who somehow have a magnetic attraction to Godzilla and are always around.
Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” was an entertaining movie about trying to get out of a quarantine zone where giant monsters run. That’s the basic gist of it and it worked. That movie was shot with a small budget and we get saving the big reveal for when it gives maximum payoff. The problem is that this movie is about Godzilla. We know him and we want to see him. What was supposed to be the best part is that this movie can afford to do it right and show him as often as they like. NOPE! It’s like he thought we wouldn’t actually want to see extended scenes of big G beating crap up, but in my own case… this was the exact reason I paid for my ticket.
The problems also come by way of Ken Watanabe’s character, Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, and the way he uses completely ridiculous science. I get that it’s wise to answer some questions, but it’s also OK for the characters in this universe to just not know. It’s OK if one of Watanabe’s responses was “I have no idea what is going on. This is crazy.”
Ford Brody, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is our main character. This is a huge disappointment. The character is as flat as they come and, for a man that is focused on getting back to his family, he seems to want to stay as far as he can from his wife and kid. Joe Brody, Bryan Cranston’s character, is so incredibly underused that you’re pretty sure the rest of the movie is going to go downhill when he’s done in the movie – and you’re guess is right.
The movie was a disappointment to anyone that likes seeing Capital G smashing stuff. The few times we see him are cool, but they’re so few. If Edwards wants to make a Godzilla movie worthy of this cool character he should ditch the scientific guesswork of explaining anything and the one-dimensional characters that only distract from the cool moments he left in the background.
P.S. You see Godzilla more in the pictures attached to this article than in that movie.Trailer: