Summer blockbusters can be hit or miss, and it’s frustrating to pay a lot and end up disappointed. I usually wait for them to be cheaper to rent too, so I can watch them comfortably at home. With Godzilla, I was tempted to give it a shot because of the spectacle and the talented cast. But like you, I had heard mixed reviews and didn’t have high expectations since it’s just a Godzilla movie.
The film did try to add a human story and had some amazing actors like Cranston, Binoche, Watanabe, and Hawkins. But it was a bummer that some of them were removed early on. It felt like they were promised bigger roles, which made their absence feel less brave and more like a missed opportunity. Instead, we were left with Taylor-Johnson and his quest to get home, which didn’t really grab my interest. The action scenes took center stage and overshadowed the human side of the story.
It’s definitely not your typical one! It takes a more serious approach, and I appreciate that the disaster scenes aren’t rushed. It really allows you to immerse yourself in the intensity of the situation.
And you’re right, watching it on a big screen is the way to go! Some parts are in the dark or under dusky skies, and seeing it on a larger scale enhances the experience. The effects are well done too. They’re not dizzying or overdone, and the monsters move naturally and look relatively realistic. The different locations, from Japan to Hawaii, are nicely portrayed as well.
I can understand your point about San Francisco during the destruction. It could have been a bit brighter to see the iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate more clearly. But I guess they had to spread things out to accommodate the monsters, right?
As for the plot, it’s not needlessly complicated, which is a relief. Though I have to admit, I did get a bit lost in the details with the tactics to kill the monsters and the nuclear link. But hey, the story about the people takes a backseat to the monsters, which works well in this kind of movie.
I really liked the main character played by Aaron Taylor Johnson. He brings a sensitive and observant quality to the role, which is refreshing. It’s nice to have a hero who’s not all about saving the day with superhero powers.
And I agree, Elizabeth Olsen’s portrayal of the love interest is more everyday ordinary, which adds a relatable touch. It’s a shame her screen time isn’t that much, though. Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche also provide solid support in their roles.
I can see why you think Ken Watanabe looks right for his part, but I get what you mean about his diction. Sometimes it can be a bit unclear when he’s relaying important plot information through dialogue.
Overall, it’s a well-made big screen action disaster monster movie that definitely deserves to be seen on the big screen. I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🎥🍿