Godzilla 2014

The mega-monster, Gojira, is back on the big screen for the 29th or 30th time since its premiere in 1954. The early press screenings for Godzilla 2014 have already yielded good reviews and good ratings.  Besides the invincible big boy, there are the usual scientists, the nuclear reactors, the warfare, the crumbled cities, and lots of mass deaths (though not really depicted graphically). Is there anything new to this scifi/action/monster/disaster movie we haven’t seen before?


Don’t forget to latch the door

Godzilla 2014 is not a movie to get very perplexed about. It is not a movie you would have deep conversations about after, unless you wanted to pick on the plot loopholes, or poor character development. Well, perhaps one should talk more about the computer imagery which I was rather impressed with.


Bryan Cranston’s screen time is too limited


I prefer Ken Watanabe wielding a katana

The movie had a great line up of actors who will undoubtedly draw in some of the more discerning moviegoers that aren’t bewildered by Godzilla’s vital statistics or its atomic ray breath. Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche and Elizabeth Olsen, provided sufficient acting prowess to pull the movie together with an average script and loose screenplay. Their performances, however, won’t win them an Oscar.


Elizabeth Olsen’s shocked expressions are always absorbing. Too bad we don’t get to see enough of her


Visually, Godzilla 2014 is spectacular with nice camera angles. Viewers will be treated to nothing less than what is available with the current technology. There are several iconic scenes which will probably be mocked by, many soon to come, movie parodies. The relatively new Director, Gareth Edwards, has received many praises for this re-imagination of the giant whale-dinosaur.


The movie provides pure entertainment value. It isn’t a solid movie in my books but it will probably be a box office sensation because everybody wants to see what’s going to happen to a large monster that owes its gigantic size to radioactive exposure, and the trail of death and destruction it attracts and leaves behind.

Godzilla 2014 has been ripping apart Malaysian cinema screens since 15 May 2014.


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