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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 November 2015
I thought this was pretty good but it will definitely divide opinion - it's clearly not the Godzilla-fest many people were hoping for as there is a lot of build-up and there are only very limited appearances of him for a fair while before the main action kicks in, so you might be disappointed if the trailer has led you to believe there is non-stop destruction. Instead the story builds for a while and it feels like a more grown up film compared to the 1998 version, with more in-depth story development and a narrative that takes center stage above the big guy himself for a lot of the film, but this does then make for more of an impact when Godzilla does make an appearance here and there before a brilliant finale. With that in mind, perhaps there isn't enough action, comedy or fun characters to keep children or younger viewers engaged the whole way through but the gaps are also filled in nicely with the development and journey of the MOTU creatures who have coaxed Godzilla into the story and inevitably end up battling with him, so there is more action and big-scope destruction than perhaps some reviews indicate, it's just that it doesn't all always involve Godzilla the whole way through. In that respect, this is far closer to the original films that Godzilla grew from but with an obvious and very nice update to the effects and believable nature of the monsters and mayhem/destruction.

Worth watching alone for the moment Godzilla pulls his special move out of the bag at the end of the final battle - a truly iconic piece of cinematography that was executed perfectly which I'd have given five stars for. Elsewhere, nobody is going to win any awards based on their performances but I think the cast do a good job of being just engaging enough to carry you through the story without distracting you from it too much. With slightly better characters to care about and a pinch more Godzilla screen-time it could have been an easy five stars.
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on 18 September 2014
Reading the reviews of this film have made me confused. It seems to be overrun by the misinformed and clueless masses astroturfing negative reviews because it's not the film they expected. It's a real shame because this film, at its core, is a perfect westernised version of Godzilla. It is strong enough to even stand on its own monstrous two feet as a fantastic film.

I think people expected Pacific Rim meets Godzilla. Why? It wasn't advertised to be. I hear complaints like "Not enough Godzilla screen time!" and "Slow and boring!" "More fights!" Had these requests been satisfied, the film would have been an utter disaster. All of the impact the title character has would be lost and wasted on non climactic and non exciting fight scenes, so that by the end you've had enough of huge fighting monsters thrown in you face. Godzilla actually managed to get the audience to cheer when he finally got his first hit in.

What do you really want? Dumb action? Watch Pacific Rim. Interesting and impactful storytelling? Watch Godzilla.

Those who have not seen the original 1954 Godzilla and have posted 1 star reviews preaching more action, need to think if their contribution is with anything at all.
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on 14 March 2016
Bryan Cranston is excellent; carried the movie. Does not feature Godzilla enough!
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on 25 November 2014
Average really, it start amazingly then just sinks into boredom
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on 21 September 2014
Not bad at all...its not a masterpiece but its ok. Far away better then godzilla of 98. Good actors and good cgi effects. The story its not the best one but....was better then expected. Not a Oscar winner :) some Stuff its too much fantasy.. Overall i think 6,5 /10 Nice soundtrack
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on 18 March 2016
I was really disappointed with this. When it came out, initial reaction from critics was quite positive, but I don't know why.

Firstly, Godzilla is a bit of a secondary character. He's not on screen a lot and when he is it's still not easy to see him - because it's often so dark. At the end of the day, you go to see a Godzilla film to see Godzilla - that's a big part of what makes it fun. This film doesn't give you enough of that. I get the fact that perhaps they felt that less was more, but that's only the case if you do it well.

The storyline is a bit confused and not easy to follow and most of the human characters feel like afterthoughts. I didn't expect it to be Oscar quality story telling, but you do need some depth otherwise it doesn't really hold your interest. The other monsters in the film (the mutos) make it even worse - they look robotic and dull, and they are in the movie far too much.

It's the kind of thing I'd expect to see if I told a 10 year old to make a monster movie. I hoped for so much better. The 1998 version was superior to this - no doubt about it.
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on 8 January 2015
Not the best Godzilla film I've seen but the children liked it.
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on 17 January 2015
This film was ok. A lot of it was in the dark so you couldn't really see very much! Plus Godzilla doesn't appear until an hour in and by that time we were starting to get restless and waiting for something to happen. Not as expected and wouldn't recommend.
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on 13 January 2015
I've not seen any other Godzilla films, so can't compare this but I enjoyed it it's action packed with great special effects and a good build up to a spectacular end don't get too caught up in the plot it's simply about giant monsters ha
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on 27 February 2015
Very little character development (which u don't really expect in a monster movie anyway). It could have been better if just one of the 'monster vs monster' scenes had been in daylight. Over 90% of all monster action takes place at night and is hard to see, especially when water, clouds or excessive darkness impair the view. It would have been so much more effective in full daylight (one thing at least the old Japanese Godzilla movies got right). Maybe the budget wouldn't stretch to the monster's CGI being in full colour. I don't know. There wasn't a lot of tension or excitement, but at least I can say it wasn't boring and that I enjoyed it. Worth a watch.

My advice is if u buy the DVD, buy it second-hand.
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