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on 30 July 2016
Not as terrible as i had heard, the Godzilla at least looks a lot like the Japanese version i remember. Aaron Taylor-johnson could try a different expression or or 2, throughout the film he looks either in a small amount of pain (or like he's on the loo) or completely bewildered. Bryan Cranston is good for the small time he's in the film.
the main disappointment in the film is that everything happens at night with monsters that black everything out so a lot of the times you are watching silouettes fight against whatever fires might be about (spoiler?) So for me it was worth a watch, but no one i'll be adding to my dvd collection.
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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 17 July 2016
If you like the classic Godzilla V's Monster of old movies - you'll love this.

Humanity is attacked by a giant monster that feeds on radiation. The only thing that can save mankind (as humans basically make everything worse in any attempt to fight back) is Godzilla! Another monster!

Watch a cast of Hollywood's whitest and greatest (with a few token minorities thrown in for good measure!) run around like headless chickens as monster battles monster.

Oh. Yeah, and San Francisco is pretty much buggered!

A brilliant re-imagining of the monster classic!
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on 27 July 2016
The director must have watched every monster film he could and pinched the best bits. Jurassic Park ; King Kong. Even Power Rangers.. The monsters are clumsy and very unscary . To me its messy and fussy. the final battle in particular suffers from messy camera work. The music is a layer on top rather than supporting the action. Come to that why do the creatures have to be so noisy..
Why give it three stars ? Well... I've seen worse and there are some good bits.
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on 21 July 2016
As a Godzilla fan, I was disappointed with most of the movie and pleased with only a few moments.

Among my criticisms are: The mutos were very mechanical looking. For all the work the trivia says they did on Godzilla, not enough thought was given to the other creatures to make them realistic for an "ancient" creature. Also, the movements of the mutos following the nukes around.... Japan is littered with nuclear power plants. There was no necessity for the creatures to leave the Orient and fly all the way across the ocean other than to fulfil a poorly written story line. I could go on, but I think I have used enough valuable time just by watching the movie and writing this.

I am glad that Godzilla lived to fight another day. Hopefully the next movie will live up to the Godzilla potential.
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When Gareth Edwards was announced as the director for the new American reboot of Godzilla, it was something of a mixed blessing. His low-budget debut Monsters had been impressively directed but lacked much in the way of narrative or genuinely interesting characters, ending up a good looking but uninvolving travelogue through a devastated Mexican landscape after giant creatures had laid it waste. Godzilla’s a minor improvement in the character stakes but thankfully a major one in terms of story and narrative drive, tweaking the mythology so that Gojira (and they do call him that until the very end of the film) is no longer a creation of the nuclear tests of the 50s but the intended target of them and even offering a few surprising developments (for once, the marketing did a brilliant job of hiding its two major plot twists, which left some feeling cheated but pleased me no end after years of trailers spilling the entire plot).

Constructed as much as a disaster movie as a monster mash, it’s probably more satisfying for those who grew up with the early entries in Toho’s series before things got goofy: this takes itself deadly seriously and manages to get away with it by thinking through not only what would happen if a seemingly indestructible creature awoke but also just why modern weapons would be useless against it. It’s true that there could be more Godzilla, but that’s clearly a conscious throwback to the early films where the big feller would barely be in a third of the film (indeed, his actual screentime is comparable to the 1954 film though at times Jaws seems more of a template). And if Edwards keeps him offscreen for the majority of the film, he knows just how to build up his star: his first appearance is magnificently stage-managed and such an iconic moment you want to see more than he’s ready to show you yet.

Its biggest drawback is a lack of personality, not only in Godzilla himself but also in some of the human cast. Elizabeth Olsen makes little impression while the best that can be said of leading man Aaron Taylor-Johnson, an actor with the emotional range of Eyeore and considerably less personality, is that in a thankless role he may give a performance that no-one will thank him for but his blank blandness doesn’t offend or distract from the real star of the show and at least he’s not as irritating as Maria Pitillo in the 1998 film. But then the better actors like David Straithairn have little to do but add gravitas to the “We’ve tried everything but nothing can stop it” moments (interestingly the army are definitely the good guys here and act far more reasonably and are portrayed more sympathetically and with more dignity than in the usual Summer blockbuster) while others like Juliette Binoche, presumably part of a contractual obligation for every American Godzilla film to have a major French star in the cast, are barely in the film. But then the actors are here primarily to advance the story (Bryan Cranston), provide exposition (Ken Watanabe, rather too self-consciously adopting Takeshi Shimura’s posture) or track the creatures’ progress (Taylor-Johnson), and as such they do what’s required of them.

The effects are excellent, though the unimpressive post-converted 3D adds nothing but simply acts as a distraction, while Alexandre Desplat’s score might not be as impressive as David Arnold’s work on the 1998 film or as memorable as Akira Ifukube and Masaru Satoh’s efforts on the Toho films but gives the film an imposing sense of gravitas. It may have left some of the Transformers generation underwhelmed and at times only offers a marginal improvement on the human characters that have always held centre stage in the Toho films, but for this classic Godzilla fan it was a very satisfying return for the big feller.

However, it has to be said that the film is not as effective on the small screen as the giant one. It doesn’t help that, despite claims of reference standard picture quality in Blu-ray.com’s review, the picture seems a lot darker in the final showdown than it did on the big screen, at times making it hard to make out which monster Godzilla is taking on and how much damage he does to them. No such complaints about the sound quality, which does an exceptional job of recreating the film’s excellent sound design.

The extras package is disappointingly thin – no audio commentary, no deleted scenes (and you’d have thought original Gojira star Akira Takarada’s deleted cameo would have been included) and none of the film’s excellent and pleasingly misleading trailers. What you do get is a handful of everybody-was-wonderful making of featurettes, the best of them dealing with the H.A.L.O. jump sequence, and three nice-idea-that-doesn’t-work mock featurettes of Army briefing films and internet conspiracy podscasts let down by clumsy image manipulation and poor voice-over work.
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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 10 July 2016
The best bit is the intro, giving a hint as to what it was like to live in the fifties, the new era of global destruction when fear and technology went hand in hand. First half ok, almost interesting, and then it descends into Marines with guns doing nothing useful while the monsters play.
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on 17 July 2016
I wasn't expecting much from this movie but was hoping to see some great monster fight sequences. Unfortunately all the key monster fight sequences are I the dark. I even paused the movie, closed the curtains and but brightness to max and still could not really make out what was going on. If like watching a black screen wondering 'what?' ~This is for you.
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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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