Godzilla 2014 [Movie Review]


First things first. For the uninitiated, be aware that it has been sixty years since the conception of the King of the Monsters ‘Gojira’ and so far 28+ productions under Toho Co., Ltd (Japan) which has garnered millions of fans worldwide as a pop culture. However this doesn’t necessarily mean that you knew how the original Godzilla looked like if you don’t confuse him with Roland Emmerich’s (American) Godzilla 1998.

Meanwhile in 2013, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim did baffle the upcoming robot, monster genres with its Jaeger-Kaiju action fantasy. It surely must have put Michael Bay to rework his Transformers fourth installment. Our Daikaiju (Giant Monster) stood no exception to Toro’s benchmark. That being said, I hope you can appreciate the expectations the great beast shoulders for its 2014 reboot. And I must admit that British director Gareth Edwards gave a movie that Godzilla deserves in the digital era.

In Legendary-Warner Bros Pictures’ Godzilla, in every bit of a scene Big G was on screen, he was in his entire splendor being so true to the classic characterization. When the beast shows up for the first time with a thundering roar, you would rather adore him than getting spooked. And this directly attributes to the fact that the facial design of Godzilla involved bear, dog, eagle and komodo dragon. Albeit, when it comes to battle Godzilla is as fierce as his size and it is a spectacle best watched on the biggest screen when he fights the MUTOs when they get on his nerve. MUTOs however were no less, making up for equal and much darker adversaries. And the best part of the screenplay is that not much of anything is revealed so quickly. We get to see the monsters only almost after half the movie and their battles as a flash of scenes up until the end which keeps us engrossed throughout.

For any movie, especially a monster flick, human drama is so essential for us to relate to and Bryan Cranston (as Engineer Joe Brody) pulled off those emotions well in his tireless attempt to find answers for his personal loss. And that falters halfway when the gargantuans take on each other and the plight of the humans was not captured as much as the colossal catastrophe of the monsters. However there is an underlying message amidst the hardcore monster action that is evident in the line of Ken Watanabe (as Dr. Ichiro),

“The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around.”

Last but not the least, when you witness this tallest 350 feet incarnation ever, you will find J. Robert Oppenheimer’s quote from Bhagavad Gita so fitting,

“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”


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