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Pretty Good but Needed More Action
on 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.