This was a film that I was slightly hyped about for quite a long time. For some reason, though, I never went to see it in cinemas. Which may or may not be a shame, as I ended up watching it instead on a tiny airplane screen.
Godzilla (2014, dir. Gareth Edwards) is, as you may know, about a giant lizard monster who has a well-established history of wrecking cities. In this new installment, Godzilla is risen from his/her slumber to combat the forces of a mysterious insectoid monster. Here are some of my thoughts on it!
- All of the posters for Godzilla are legitimately amazing and I had such trouble picking one for this post. Have a look at all of them here!
- I watched the ‘plane version’ of this that was apparently ‘edited for screen size and for content’, so I’m unsure as to whether I missed out on anything crazily violent. The film did seem pretty tame.
- Either way, I didn’t think this was that bad. It wasn’t the worst out of all the airplane films I watched (that award probably goes to 22 Jump Street), and it wasn’t boring.
- It was slightly repetitive in the way that monster movies can generally be (e.g. of course the main character will always end up near the monster or threatened by it in some way, throughout the entire film), but other than that, I can say I enjoyed watching it.
- However, it is a universal truth that there was not enough Bryan Cranston in this film. I feel like I was jibbed since the trailer featured him quite heavily.
- Elizabeth Olsen is also an extremely capable actress and was severely underused.
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an alright lead, but is slightly forgettable.
- I really liked the opening title sequence that was filled with government documents with parts censored out, that was really clever. The graphic design team did a great job with this film.
- I also love that the film focused on Godzilla as technically a force for good, or as a protector, unlike the ridiculous monstrosity that was 1998’s Godzilla.
- One bad thing, though, was that we didn’t really get to see enough of the big guy in action. I could watch an entire film with Godzilla just doing things by him/herself, without any humans present. Ultimately, Godzilla is the star of the show, and no petty human drama can distract from that. But still, I would have loved to see less of the humans and more of the monster(s).
- The characters are fairly one-dimensional, and as a viewer you’re pretty much constantly distracted from them. Which may be a good thing.
- The final showdown was awesome though, and was almost worth plodding through all the human content.
- All in all, not a bad film to watch on a plane!
Watch this film at Amazon!