Warner Bros. | Release Date: May 16, 2014
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NeelyryMay 16, 2014
Not quite what I was hoping. Avoided combat scenes extremely often, almost entirely till the last 20 minutes. It was upsetting bc every time that something good was going to happen it just switched scenes.
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FluffopotamusMay 16, 2014
I have seen every Godzilla movie, all 28 of them, all I can say is that the critics here are they lack a proper appreciation for the genera, because this was the greatest Daikaiju film I have ever seen.
People complaining about there being
I have seen every Godzilla movie, all 28 of them, all I can say is that the critics here are they lack a proper appreciation for the genera, because this was the greatest Daikaiju film I have ever seen.
People complaining about there being not enough of Godzilla apparently haven't sat down and taken the time to actually watch the source material.

He wasn't eye candy, he wasn't the main character, he wasn't MEANT to be the center of attention, he was meant to be an allegory and the destruction he caused and the peoples lives he affected were the main focus of the original.Given, that through the 60's and 70's he WAS the main attraction, but, that was in a time when he was targeted towards twelve year old kids while the original as well as the 1985 sequel were meant to be enjoyed for their undertones and plot.

TL;DR The movie is like the original which was amazing and the movie is SUPPOSED to be about the human element, so quit whining about there not being enough monster even though he is there for a reasonable amount of time.
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TheOnlineGamerMay 16, 2014
To all the people who complain there wasn't enough Godzilla in this movie: Have you ever seen the original Gojira (1954)? Or ever heard of a thing called 'tension-building'? Surely not.

This film was everything I hoped it would be and
To all the people who complain there wasn't enough Godzilla in this movie: Have you ever seen the original Gojira (1954)? Or ever heard of a thing called 'tension-building'? Surely not.

This film was everything I hoped it would be and thensome! The characters were all great, there isn't a single bad performance - everyone treats this with respect and add an appropriately serious tone to the film. Ford Brody is my favourite as his strict code of honour and morals was put to the test by malevolent creatures, which created some brilliant dilemmas and great duo scenes with his father (played brilliantly by Bryan Cranston). Themes were perfectly adapted from the original Gojira, which makes this 10x more dark and gritty, but it doesn't come off as stale or half-assed.

Godzilla himself is a majestic beast, and one I don't think audiences will forget about in the near future, as well as the MUTOs who are perfect adversaries for Godzilla. This isn't Pacific Rim, you actually care about these Monsters fighting and look forward to the outcome.

In conclusion, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is a magnificent monster movie full of heart and soul with wonderful direction and spectacular visual effects.

Even better than the original, IMO! (10/10)
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WhySoSerious54May 16, 2014
The entitled, 5 second attention span generation won't get the suspense build up here. This is a very solid movie with an amazing payoff. 1000 times better than the empty lifeless Pacific Rim. Here you feel, see, and realize the size of theseThe entitled, 5 second attention span generation won't get the suspense build up here. This is a very solid movie with an amazing payoff. 1000 times better than the empty lifeless Pacific Rim. Here you feel, see, and realize the size of these beasts with a very personal perspective. It's like eating an appetizer, enjoying the atmosphere, seeing the main course, smelling it, only to have to wait until you can sink your teeth into it. Oh and it tastes soooooo good. By the way the last 20 minutes are stunning. Expand
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cumoviesSep 19, 2014
amazing CGI helps balances a iffy script.

my ratting 7/10 8/10 action/special effects 6.8/10 for story 7/10 for acting 6.8/10 for Characters/Character Development
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alva3901Jul 5, 2017
Godzilla has been a movie icon for over sixty years, emerging from the deep oceans and causing havoc in cities across the world. This new depiction of the great kaiju, acting as a reboot of the franchise and directed by an up-and-comingGodzilla has been a movie icon for over sixty years, emerging from the deep oceans and causing havoc in cities across the world. This new depiction of the great kaiju, acting as a reboot of the franchise and directed by an up-and-coming director, Gareth Edwards, is a very entertaining film despite the complaints of there being too little of Godzilla. I somewhat concur with this argument, however, having seen many of Japanese films, especially the original in 1954, it is known for Godzilla to be teased throughout the movie or have limited screen time, yet still have a profound impact on the film and the audience it is delivered to, and this is what the 2014 version does very well. However, at times, it did come at an annoyance when right as we see him, the scene changes. But this should not take away from otherwise a really good film. The design of Godzilla and the monstrous villains, the MUTOs, were very well designed and augmented to represent a respectable scale to real world buildings/infrastructure. As usual, the action scenes were a blast, with the final act dedicated to the fight we've been waiting for between the creatures. The plot carried the film smoothly, coupled with some good acting from the likes of Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn. But it should be noted that the good acting came from secodnary characters while our central character, Ford Brody, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, was very bland and one-dimensional. The film was an attempt at very human orientated monster film rather than focused on the monsters themselves, which is somewhat of a problem in a movie called "Godzilla". However, Gareth Edwards blends both well enough to not detract what this film manages to accomplish. With the news of a Monsterverse being created by Legendary Studious, involving the likes of King Kong, I am very excited to see where they take Godzilla in his next movie in 2019, where he will pit off against his greatest foes, King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan, before taking on King Kong in 2020 to determine who the real "King" is. Expand
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FilmaholicMay 23, 2014
I have to tell you that IMAX 3D is really the only way to watch this movie. I enjoyed it thoroughly. A lot of people say that the first half of the movie was slow. It was, but there was a point to it.. It met my expectations exactly theI have to tell you that IMAX 3D is really the only way to watch this movie. I enjoyed it thoroughly. A lot of people say that the first half of the movie was slow. It was, but there was a point to it.. It met my expectations exactly the way I wanted it to. I believe that Ken Wanatabe's character was fantastic. Cranston's character was good too, but Wanatabe really stole the show for me. He is a great actor and cannot do any wrong. The fight scenes were very good. The movie was a little predictable in parts but still overall, very enjoyable. Expand
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JamesIrish68Nov 1, 2015
An entertaining blockbuster which would have been much better in the hands of a good director. Johnston the lead was great in Kick Ass but very bland here. Overall quality actors poorly directed

The supporting cast was poorly used and some
An entertaining blockbuster which would have been much better in the hands of a good director. Johnston the lead was great in Kick Ass but very bland here. Overall quality actors poorly directed

The supporting cast was poorly used and some of the dialogue was just daft .The writers are the other weakness, Should have done lot better with the story line. It has the Pacific Rim syndrome of having the monsters fighting at night and in murky conditions as if they weren't confident in their own CGI.

Still enjoyed it but they should replace the director for the sequel.
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Jim222001Oct 16, 2014
Godzilla isn't a bad creature feature despite not enough Godzilla or Bryan Crantson. And the whole "will the family be reunited ?" plot is old by now. We've seen that ID4, Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and the Day After Tomorrow. TheGodzilla isn't a bad creature feature despite not enough Godzilla or Bryan Crantson. And the whole "will the family be reunited ?" plot is old by now. We've seen that ID4, Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and the Day After Tomorrow. The sequel needs more Godzilla, less humans and if you have someone like Bryan Cranston; use them! Expand
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Gamer84May 27, 2014
The movie was perfect the way it was done. I can't see anyone do better than this. There is a thing called, "suspense" that a lot of movies lack nowadays. I loved the teasing because that's when you know they got you hooked. Many monsterThe movie was perfect the way it was done. I can't see anyone do better than this. There is a thing called, "suspense" that a lot of movies lack nowadays. I loved the teasing because that's when you know they got you hooked. Many monster movie franchises in the past pulled this off effectively and no one complained about it. Let’s start off with Alien and the way that teases us little by little on what it looks like as it kills people one by one. The next one is Predator. This one is completely camouflaged killing squad members until Arnold is the only one left to finally show himself. Just look at movies like Jaws, Dragonslayer, Terminator, The hidden, Jurassic Park, The abyss and many others. This is a great formula because it keeps you in anticipation. Pacific Rim was pure garbage from beginning to end. I'm glad this movie didn't follow that path because then there’s nothing for you to look forward to. Children probably liked Pacific Rim just like another movie called Transformers. These are movies that failed to have an on par story. All they are is multimillion dollar toy commercials from beginning to end in which by the time the movie is over you wind up with a migraine. There’s no suspense or WOW moment unlike what the new Godzilla movie accomplished. There are enough Godzilla WOW moments and Trailer scenes that were newly edited which no one talks about. This made every Godzilla scene new to me. Also I will say that I have seen every Godzilla movie and I will say that this one had more screen time than each of those other ones. Now with talks of a sequel they will probably add more fight scenes but they have to stick to this formula. Expand
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beingryanjudeSep 3, 2014
Admittedly, this installment in the Godzilla franchise is my very first experience with Godzilla. It's nothing like King Kong, and Godzilla is not a villain. I never would've guessed--nor would I have guessed this to be suspenseful andAdmittedly, this installment in the Godzilla franchise is my very first experience with Godzilla. It's nothing like King Kong, and Godzilla is not a villain. I never would've guessed--nor would I have guessed this to be suspenseful and cheer-worthy. Bryan Cranston continues his career-peak with a notable role here. Expand
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RenwickeMay 17, 2014
I enjoyed this different take on a Godzilla movie. The effects are solid and the fight scenes are what any Godzilla fan would want. The character plot is alright, not fantastic, but why did we go see the movie in the first place? I give it aI enjoyed this different take on a Godzilla movie. The effects are solid and the fight scenes are what any Godzilla fan would want. The character plot is alright, not fantastic, but why did we go see the movie in the first place? I give it a 9 only because I could have used a few more minutes of the monsters fighting. Infinitely better than the last attempted reboot in 98. Expand
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H4T5UK1May 17, 2014
This movie really made me forget the crappy 1998 G.I.N.O... Speaking about it, Roland Emmerich stop doing movies, please! You and Michel Bay are almost at the same level as Uwe Boll!. Ok, back to Godzilla. This is a great monster movie. AndThis movie really made me forget the crappy 1998 G.I.N.O... Speaking about it, Roland Emmerich stop doing movies, please! You and Michel Bay are almost at the same level as Uwe Boll!. Ok, back to Godzilla. This is a great monster movie. And I loved it! The only reason I can't give more score is that there isn't enough of Godzilla in it, and! the anti-climatic fight scenes during the half of the movie. Who cares about human drama! I don't! and the only thing I expect to see in Godzilla is a MASIVE monster fights! Well, it got all that but they just focused too much in human drama that the title monster feels like a secondary character or an Extra. Anyway, saying all this, the movie is very entretaing and you will walk out of the teater with a smile. Hope to see more Godzilla movies soon! Expand
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AtomicKetchupMay 17, 2014
Amazing movie, don't listen to all the Godzilla fans saying there wasn't enough action and Godzilla sighting.
The effects are breathtaking and this film is worth seeing in 3d, it easily enters my top 5 films of all time!
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bmaster4616May 17, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. ve to start off by saying a couple simple things. **** the haters...**** them right in their asses". Now that I've got that off my chest, I can write this review. Also don't read if you don't want to read spoilers.

This movie is amazing in every way. Like Alex Maverick said "it's almost like Jaws". It builds the suspense of Godzilla coming and uses distraction as well. The people saying Godzilla wasn't in it enough need to just shut the **** up. Seriously, were we watching the same movie? The movie created this sense of how? Godzilla was destroying the nuclear plant that's eventually kills Brian's wife in the movie. We later find out it's the monster Godzilla will be hunting down the entire movie. This was pretty much what the movie was. A predator hunting down its prey. People also had the criticism of how it jumped around too much. It was about giant ****ing monsters that were trying to consume nuclear waste. It's not like there's ****ing nuclear waste just siting in one area.

The critics seem to be getting more snobby by the minute. If you don't like this movie, then simply you don't like the character of Godzilla. This was a perfect version of what a Godzilla movie should be. If you don't like Godzilla...then you have no right to comment then. You are just simply not liking the movie because of the character is quite childish to me. I'm looking at you Geoff Pevere. I don't care if you don't. Like the character...just don't be a jackass and make a movie rotten because you're a pretentious prick.

Some of the critics reviews were "Godzilla is a secondary character to his own movie". Like I said before, but let elaborate why this idea ****ing makes me made. Godzilla has a screen time of about forty five minutes and that's plenty of time. We see when he has too much screen time and the filmmaker runs out of things for the creature to do (the 98 version is a prime example). What did the critics expect from this movie. Mindless action of two beasts fighting the whole time? Didn't you hate when transformers just had a bunch of mindless action with robots? Or monsters fighting robots? The answer is yes.. It's sad that character development of the people around the beast and Godzilla himself, is classified as boring. So basically the critics are being pretentious and childish snobs.

The other man argument is that they killed Walter White off too soon and kick ass isn't a strong enough actor to be the lead...well I'm going to call your bluff and raise you another **** you. First of all. Godzilla is the lead and none of the humans were leads at all. They were simpler there to not have mindless action and also to have the audience to relate to someone. Also, he's a perfectly fine in the rule. "He's not a storm enough actor". Like I said "he's not suppose to steal the show" and what did you want out of the guy for Christ sake? I do wind Brian was in the movie more, but this doesn't hurt the movie that much. Critics sometimes to to just hide in their caves they live in and literally such their mouths.

The movie wasn't perfect by any means. It had a few plot holes, but they weren't major. When going into a movie called Godzilla, you do wish there was a little more fighting scene with Godzilla, but to me the fighting scenes were epic. It would have been too much like Man of steels ending if you would have Godzilla fighting for too long. Also the end scenes when he kills the last creature is ****ing epic. It's one of most epic scenes I've ever seen in movie history. It actually had me saying out loud "holy **** **** yeah". Overall it's one of the easiest 10/10 I could give to a movie. 2014 was saved by GBH and is now a success because of this move. 9.6.10.
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NephrahimMay 16, 2014
The best Monster movie in years. If you have any interest in this Genre Godzilla is a MUST see movie.

The human element of the movie sadly falls a little short, and Godzilla does not grace the film with his presence that much, but his
The best Monster movie in years. If you have any interest in this Genre Godzilla is a MUST see movie.

The human element of the movie sadly falls a little short, and Godzilla does not grace the film with his presence that much, but his scenes are amazing and I'm only sad because the movie would have been even more amazing with more of him.
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baeggMay 16, 2014
This movie is deeply human and visually gorgeous, but I don't think it will fulfill the expectations of audiences used to lots of action and none of the leave-it-to-the-imagination-suspense built on a slow pace in here. Every time GodzillaThis movie is deeply human and visually gorgeous, but I don't think it will fulfill the expectations of audiences used to lots of action and none of the leave-it-to-the-imagination-suspense built on a slow pace in here. Every time Godzilla appears it makes your eyes jump out of your face and that only happens because it's image wasn't banalized and the levels of tension were very well controlled. It is worth your money and I seriously believe that, if this movie gets misunderstood now, maybe in ten years it will begin to appear on top10 or top5 best commercial movies of the 2010's. Expand
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croeth_1234May 16, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. All over I think this movie is an example for a good "monster movie", which should be watched in the cinema. All effects, started at Godzilla himself over to explosions and so on, and also the sound are worthy for the cinema. When I went to watch the movie I just saw the first trailer, so I was unbiased, because I heard some trailers after include "spoilers". That was good.

At the beginning the movie starts with a good pace, but then there is a lean period in the middle. The movie takes time to describe the characters and the background of Godzilla, etc. I don't think that it is as bad as it sounds but I wished there was more pace in this part of the movie. In addition in my opinion the character Ford Brody keeps a little bit pale. The love to his wife and his little son is illustrated very well but I think the relationship to his father is neglected. But this might be dedicated to the early death of his father. These are the only points of criticism. The rest of the movie is great. As I said the effects and especially the final fight are awesome!

Persons how know the "old" Godzilla will watch this movie with a little chuckle I think. Above all at the final fight.

I hope you'll like my first little review. (I apologize for my beginners English. Be patient with me, I promise to improve :-)
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TobyManMay 17, 2014
Hail the king to monsters. Everything is done so well. The acting is what we can expect from a Godzilla film. The action sequences are very good. Godzilla's design is good. The roar is incredible. The soundtrack was nice. This tops everythingHail the king to monsters. Everything is done so well. The acting is what we can expect from a Godzilla film. The action sequences are very good. Godzilla's design is good. The roar is incredible. The soundtrack was nice. This tops everything I've seen this year. Let's wait for Days of Future Past... Expand
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DumboMageeMay 16, 2014
I usually hate dumb monster or superhero movies, but I thought this movie was very well done. It was probably too suspenseful for the average dumb movie goer who wants instant gratification. I though this movie was without a doubt modeledI usually hate dumb monster or superhero movies, but I thought this movie was very well done. It was probably too suspenseful for the average dumb movie goer who wants instant gratification. I though this movie was without a doubt modeled after JAWS, which is quite possibly the greatest monster/horror movie of all time. Yes, the human drama leaves something to be desired, but I I really liked the back story. The best part of the movie was an incredibly satisfying, epic finale. Best monster movie in a long long time. Expand
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ahnehnoisMay 19, 2014
It's an enjoyable movie. More than most remakes, it remains very true to the original concept. Since the original concept involves rock 'em, sock 'em fights between giant monsters as puny humans watch their cities crumble in the crossfire,It's an enjoyable movie. More than most remakes, it remains very true to the original concept. Since the original concept involves rock 'em, sock 'em fights between giant monsters as puny humans watch their cities crumble in the crossfire, there's a limit to how auspicious this new film can get. It's pretty close to that limit.

The concept is revised for modern times, cleverly and disturbingly working in some of our modern experiences with nuclear energy. Some of the film's strongest work is a visit to the ruins surrounding a destroyed power plant in Japan, a chilling reminder of recent history. It's good enough to keep your attention while you wait for the monsters to appear. The movie builds suspense for a while, but don't worry. The mayhem is coming.

The effects are very strong, and seeing this movie in a good theater with IMAX and/or 3D is advisable. This being an American production Godzilla seems to be illustrating our obesity problem, but he works. The score is a bracing homage to early film music, with a bit of Japanese flavor sprinkled in. There isn't a great deal of ceremony or sentimentality. The tone is very appropriate and conveys a sense of cosmicism. That is, the lesson of Godzilla is that the universe is bigger than us.

There are some fetching lines of dialogue, but the human characters aren't particularly developed. The Bryan Cranston character is probably the most compelling one in the movie simply because he is trying to do something productive, while the others occasionally act but spend most of the film sitting and watching the larger goings on. Which, to my way of thinking, is fine. You're not going to see a movie called "Godzilla" for the people in it. Ultimately, the film's suspense and action, summoned skillfully by a surprisingly newfound director, make it worth seeing.
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CiaranMcDaid12May 16, 2014
Seen there....... really enjoyed it. Love the creature design of Godzilla and MUTO!!!!

2014 is definitely a great year for the King of Monsters to return!!!!!

Also this movie is way better than 1998 Godzilla movie (awful!)
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CandykissChrisMay 18, 2014
Saw it yesterday in 3D. A truly intense and sometimes funny remake of the 1964ish old time films film. This Godzilla is an awesome, indulgent blockbuster film made by a great director with even more fabulous actors. A few cheesy scenes butSaw it yesterday in 3D. A truly intense and sometimes funny remake of the 1964ish old time films film. This Godzilla is an awesome, indulgent blockbuster film made by a great director with even more fabulous actors. A few cheesy scenes but all in all action packed, great effects, and unbelievable creative scenes. Wish Bryan Cranston was in it more. Love that actor… My fav was him as dad in Malcolm in the middle. http://www.imdb.com/media/rm875075584/nm0186505... Expand
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WalterLebowskiMay 19, 2014
So Hollywood tries their hand on Godzilla for second time. Will it be a hit this time unlike last time? Well unlike Ronald Emmerich helmed 1998 remake, which I haven't seen so far, this is the best monster movie made in Hollywood sinceSo Hollywood tries their hand on Godzilla for second time. Will it be a hit this time unlike last time? Well unlike Ronald Emmerich helmed 1998 remake, which I haven't seen so far, this is the best monster movie made in Hollywood since Jurassic Park. In some parts it is even better and more creative than Jurassic Park. Only thing lacking is the humour and memorable character like Dr. Ian Malcolm or Dr. Alan Grant from Jurassic Park. But enough with the comparison, let 's talk about the film on its own. This movie is non-stop entertaining that's for sure. It is entertaining even when the scene does not involve monster fights and human drama. And main credit for this goes to Bryan Cranston(whom we said goodbye on TV last year as "Walter White" on incredible finale of equally incredible "Breaking Bad") and Ken Watanabe who steal every scene they are in as scientist due to their incredible acting despite the fact they are in supporting role. As for the leading characters played by Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elisabeth Olsen as husband and wife, they are okay in their performance, but are not convincing enough to be a parent of 5 year old, since they themselves look like a teenager. However when they are not together, they do their job decent enough to hold their scenes tight.
Enough about performance, let's talk about the action scenes. The fight scenes are pretty awesome. They would be one of best fight scenes you would see this year. Some of the monster-vs-monster fight can give competition to last year's Pacific Rim. Unlike some monsters in a PG-13 film, here monsters are really scary not only because of their looks (kudos to creature design department) but because the not so experienced director add enough build up, momentum ,unpredictability and thrill without any clichéd jump scares, to make the atmosphere scary.
The film is brilliant technically. And by technically I do not mean just the special effects but the cinematography and sound effect. But most impressive thing is art direction. Here everything is not grey or dark, which is the case in movie like these, but here each and everything looks beautiful, be it architecture of Japan or close up shots of insects(yes, insects!) which looks like they are from National Geographic Channel.
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LJHayesMay 19, 2014
For those of you that remember the 1998 train wreck of a Godzilla film this will breathe new life into the franchise for you. The redesign and reintroduction of the king of monsters is fantastic and he is truly mesmerizing when on screen.For those of you that remember the 1998 train wreck of a Godzilla film this will breathe new life into the franchise for you. The redesign and reintroduction of the king of monsters is fantastic and he is truly mesmerizing when on screen. Just don't expect to him being on screen too much. There's a lot of focus elsewhere for big chunks of the movie such as when we're with the human characters or the other monsters in the film. It's not that these portions of the film aren't good but after a while you do expect to see a bit more Godzilla in a film called 'Godzilla'. It's like when you go to see a band and the support act is good but have an obnoxiously long set so you're standing there thinking "Okay you guys aren't bad but you're not the reason I came here. Wrap it up." But when the headliner finally appears it is just un-freaking-believable.
The acting is decent though not outstanding. Bryan Cranston puts in the best performance but that was kind of a given. Birds fly really well, fish swim really well and Bryan Cranston acts really well. Aaron Taylor Johnson has the most screen time and there's nothing really wrong with his performance it's just not his most impressive one. Although that's mainly because the writing of them film rarely calls for him to show anything other than worry, angst or fear.
Could it be better? Yeah but it's still a huge leap in the right direction, a triumphant return for everyones favourite kaiju. For people new to the franchise it would be a great introduction. For those long time fans it is tremendously satisfying to see Godzilla have his dignity restored more than a decade since the last horrific attempt that we can all finally forget about.
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StriderKiwiMay 18, 2014
Huge Godzilla fan, and while I did like the movie (the last 20 minutes in particular are great) there was a lot of missed potential in this movie. Godzilla and the Muto are great, the look cool and when they fight it's great, but we don't seeHuge Godzilla fan, and while I did like the movie (the last 20 minutes in particular are great) there was a lot of missed potential in this movie. Godzilla and the Muto are great, the look cool and when they fight it's great, but we don't see much of it, mainly just in the end. The titular character is mostly just treated as a backdrop for the human conflict, which while watching Aaron Taylor Johnson's and Bryan Cranston and their struggle wasn't bad, it wasn't great either. The middle of the movie was pretty boring. We get to see Godzilla for the first time (as in all of him) and right before a huge fight starts, the movie cuts away and we don't see any of it. Ultimately, it's still a good movie but the sequel has a lot of room for improvement if you get what I mean. Expand
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GantoorMay 17, 2014
This movie is awesome. It delivered everything I expected from it, and a bit more. The story isn't actually worthy caring about in my opinion, but the action scenes sure make up for it. A must see movie if you're a fan of Godzilla or justThis movie is awesome. It delivered everything I expected from it, and a bit more. The story isn't actually worthy caring about in my opinion, but the action scenes sure make up for it. A must see movie if you're a fan of Godzilla or just wishing to watch something nice. Expand
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eagleeyevikingMay 24, 2014
While it's human characters don't leave a lasting impact (with the exception of Bryan Cranston), Godzilla compensates with plenty of action and an overall eerie tone not found in other epic monster movies.
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PeterTheRockMay 18, 2014
This movie was epic! I'm neither a film critic nor a frequent movie goer so i dont much knowledge about what makes or breaks a movie but from my perspective this movie delivered on its promise (and then some during the final fight scene (; )
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DragonBallMay 18, 2014
Going to try and keep this short and spoiler free for you all. I had a couple of problems with it, but they were just minor niggles. Overall it was an enjoyable film, well worth seeing in my opinion.
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Viper8787May 18, 2014
The fight scenes in this movie were awesome, reminded me a lot of the movie Pacific Rim which I also really enjoyed. Some times during this movie though however it got kind of boring, as nothing was really happening. Some people complainThe fight scenes in this movie were awesome, reminded me a lot of the movie Pacific Rim which I also really enjoyed. Some times during this movie though however it got kind of boring, as nothing was really happening. Some people complain because you don't see Godzilla enough but I though he was in the movie just the right amount. The acting was great by everyone involved. And of course the special effects were awesome, it just showed how big these creatures really are and how much destruction that they can cause. A good movie all in all but got boring at times. Expand
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SilverscreensnoMay 17, 2014
Directed - Gareth Edwards

Starring - Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe In 1954 the Toho Film Company made a picture about a huge dinosaur-like monster that rampaged through Tokyo. It was only 93 minutes
Directed - Gareth Edwards

Starring - Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe

In 1954 the Toho Film Company made a picture about a huge dinosaur-like monster that rampaged through Tokyo. It was only 93 minutes long but it spawned a legend that has lasted 60 years and 28 (Japanese) films. I am, of course, referring to the colossus that is Godzilla.

Fast forward to 2014 and the newest incarnation of the world's most famous kaiju. Godzilla is an icon and the director, Gareth Edwards, had a mammoth task to overcome; how to bring the monster into the 21st Century without angering the fans.

The film begins with some original opening credits; words are redacted before the viewers' eyes, leaving only the names of the cast. This plays out over footage, supposedly from the 1950s, showing radars, military personnel and, finally, a large nuclear explosion at Bikini Atoll (the first of many references to actual events and /or classic Godzilla movies ).

We jump to 1999 and meet Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) who is investigating the skeleton of a large, prehistoric creature found in the Philippines. Then we zoom over to Japan where Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) is concerned about the nuclear plant where he works. Disaster obviously ensues and what follows is a sequence reminiscent of the Fukushima disaster which occurred only a few years ago.

And now we are up to date. Joe's son, Ford, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is happily living in San Francisco with his wife (Elizabeth Olsen) and young son.

At this point I would like to say that I was slightly disturbed at watching these two young actors playing lovers as, in my head, they are the Maximoff siblings (I know, I know, it's not real but I can still have my opinion).

Father and son are eventually reunited and that's where the action really begins.

Cranston is brilliant as a father who feels like he has lost it all; both traumatised and unhinged in equal measure. Watanabe is the yin to Cranston's yang; calm and collected to a point where some of his dialogue is barely above a whisper.

The younger actors; Taylor-Johnson and Olsen, are not as strong in their roles. Olsen is not given much to do except cry and run. In fact, one downside of this movie is that there is a distinct lack of strong female characters.

Taylor-Johnson has a larger part to play but he doesn't quite fulfil the leading man role. He isn't entirely convincing as an action star but neither plausible as desperate family man. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a good actor but he wasn't given enough to work with. The script is basic with Cranston's impassioned ranting (heard in the trailer) as the only stand out part.

But to most, it isn't the human cast that people care about. Does the 2014 version of Godzilla make the grade? In short, yes. He bears a resemblance to the original creature but without the look of a rubber suit. You could believe that there is a dinosaur-like monster out there. As you have probably gathered from the many trailers, Godzilla isn't the only kaiju in the movie but I will leave what they are, and why they are there, as a surprise.

And then there is THAT roar. Spine tingling with a bass deep enough to turn your internal organs to mush, perfect.

At several points in the film, just as the audience thinks it might be treated to a monster smackdown, the focus is always pulled back to the less interesting human story. However, the final battle is worth waiting for, if not a little short. Gareth Edwards has held enough back for the inevitable sequel (pending box office results).

There are small niggles here and there but I was always a fan of the King of Monsters (another classic reference) and there is enough here to remind us of the creature we fell in love with.

Bonus points if you spot the reference to another kaiju which appears in the first half of the film.

Rating - 7/10
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erty_wertyMay 17, 2014
First of all it should be noted that Godzilla himself only appears for about 20 min...With that being said its all about the build up in the first 2 acts, something i felt was really well crafted by director Gareth Edwards (Bryan CranstonsFirst of all it should be noted that Godzilla himself only appears for about 20 min...With that being said its all about the build up in the first 2 acts, something i felt was really well crafted by director Gareth Edwards (Bryan Cranstons great when he's onscreen). I think if you go to the film expecting say Pacific Rim you will be disappointed but then again non-stop monster fighting isn't always a good thing. Expand
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VikmourneMay 16, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Breakdown:
Story: 7/10 Decent
Acting: 7/10 Decent (10/10 Amazing for Bryan Cranston)
Spectacle: 10/10 Amazing

Overall Score: 9/10 Great
Verdict: Go see it if you like epic disaster movies or monster carnage

A brand new start and also an homage to previous Godzilla movies, this new film combines the best of disaster epics and monster brawls in one package deal, yet seems to forget a few things behind when portraying the human story underneath it all (but who wanted to watch this movie for the human story?). The beginning plot with Joe (portrayed by Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" fame) witnessing the traumatic effects of (what's soon to be revealed as) giant dormant monsters and desperately wanting to find answers, is really interesting and gets you emotionally invested in the non-monster side of the film. Sadly, the trailer shows almost all of Cranston's scenes because he dies as a result of the carnage from the first monster debut at about 45 minutes into the film. This is pretty sad, as his acting stands leagues ahead of everyone else in the film. In his wake, we're left with following his son Ford (played by former Kick-Ass, Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who while believable as a emotionally-damaged son and still caring father and husband to his own family, comes off as wooden and emotionless in scenes where he's confronted with the brutality of kaiju destruction. He seems to forget the urgency and danger of what's happening except in scenes where he reminds others of it. Ken Watanabe plays the lead expert on Godzilla, part of a secret corporation whose main goal is to study the monster since its discovery in the 1950s, yet always seems to have a strained confused look on his face when looking at... well... anything. While the corporation is worldwide, his role seems to be there for two reasons: 1) to be the token Japanese guy because this is a Godzilla movie and 2) to be the only one in the story who (like the audience) wants the American military to back off and let the monsters duke it out. "Let them fight!"

Enough about the humans... GODZILLA AND MONSTERS! Like a true Godzilla film, this isn't just a disaster film about a giant monster rampaging through civilization. Godzilla is the strangely-accepted solution to dealing with OTHER monsters. We're introduced to 2 giant bug-like MUTO (massive unidentified terrestrial organism), one male and one female, who have awoken from their dormancy to begin mating season in San Francisco. These big beasties love radiation and emit EMP-like signals that thwart all major military equipment within range. With both a first round in Honolulu between the male MUTO and Godzilla, and the main 2v1 battle in San Francisco, too much of the monster fighting action is portrayed in the background, watched second-hand on TV screen, or quickly cut-away from to the human story. Only at the end, do we get to see full-on unadulterated monster-on-monster-on monster action, which makes the entirety of the movie worth it, especially with Godzilla's secret weapon and finishing move. That scene is almost worth the price of your movie ticket on its own.

In summary, "Godzilla" is a film that returns to formula on monster movies. While it take a while to get the story going (about 40 minutes), gets rid of its best actor too quickly, and later peppers in a bit too much human story when the monster action is at its peak, it's still a great popcorn flick that's worth it for anyone who's been hungry for a truly epic movie.
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JmtStudiosMay 17, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This has become my favorite movie of the year so far. This is exactly how a monster movie should be. It was realistic, it was intense, it had my jaw on the floor for some scenes.

Let's start with the story. Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) loses his wife (Juliette Binoche) in a giant power plant earthquake but what the public doesn't know is that it wasn't an earthquake at all but a giant cave in where a giant monster known simply as a MUTO has hidden itself in a cocoon for 14 years since that day and is now being hidden away in a fake quarantine zone. Once the monster escapes it's left up to the only other thing big enough, Godzilla, to take it down.

Now I took into account that this is a giant monster movie and for a plot to be something pretty simple like that is perfectly okay with me simply for one reason, the execution of the story is done in a way that I feel as though this is how it would go down if there were giant monsters roaming earth.

Now the acting. Bryan Cranston just kills it in this role. In the scene where his wife died I believed he was truly sad. All around an amazing performance which makes it kind of heartbreaking since he's only in the movie for maybe 20-25 minutes and then just dies leaving us with the rest of the story to be told through his son, Aaron Taylor Johnson. I'll be honest I think I would've liked it better if Cranston had stayed alive and like helped back at the headquarters that was monitoring everything but that's just me. I say this because Aaron's character just feels a little one dimensional to me. Like he didn't have enough character. I cared more about seeing his wife (Elizabeth Olsen) stay alive than him and she's off somewhere hiding while he's risking his life trying to diffuse a bomb to save thousands of people. Elizabeth Olsen does a great job playing the wife in trouble and Ken Watanabe is great as always.

The CGI. I'm just going to run through this one fast because this is something I don't focus on a ton in movies but I was told how amazing the CGI in this was so I knew I'd have to focus on it for this and talk about it. The CGI for the monsters is just beyond incredible, Godzilla just looked all around great and I loved every moment that I got to see him and the MUTOs. Now as for the scenery I felt it was a little lacking, I don't know just when I see those buildings fall apart I had a harder time believing I was actually seeing buildings get destroyed. That's all I really have to say on CGI.

Now for our main man, The King Of Monsters himself. Godzilla. I had a few nitpicks in everything but this guy right here is the reason this movie got a full 10/10 from me. To describe him in one word, Epic. Just all around epic. His grand reveal sent chills down my spine and left my heart racing 10 minutes after the scene had ended. Every time that roar came out I just melted with pure nostalgia and love. This is exactly what I want Godzilla to be. He's not a "hero" he's not an "enemy" he's just an animal trying to take out things he feels threatened by. He didn't attack humans, only if they attacked him and even then it seemed like he didn't purposely try to hurt them. He seemed more scared than angry. I feel he doesn't attack humans simply because well... they're humans. They're no threat to him, they tried to drop nuclear bombs on him and he just walked it off. He fights the MUTOs because they're a threat to him. They want him dead and have the strength to back it up. The fight sequences between Godzilla and the MUTOs are something out of your childhood dreams. He throws these things around into buildings and the second you see his tail turn blue you just get this amazing feeling in your stomach because you know what's coming. ATOMIC BREATH!! Me and my friend saw Godzilla grab the larger MUTO's jaw and we said how we thought he was gonna break it's jaw and it was going to be awesome but what does he do? He freaking uses his laser breath and shoots it down the MUTO's throat until it's head falls off. My jaw was on the floor out of sheer amazement at this sight.

In conclusion Godzilla is a great movie with nice acting, good effects, and one bad ass monster. A definite must see for any Godzilla fan or fan of monster movies.
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SimonSays18May 17, 2014
Godzilla's slow build-up can be tedious at times, but the combination of its awe-inspiring visuals, surprisingly deep screenplay, and the sheer magnitude of the iconic beast at its center is more than enough to provide ample entertainment forGodzilla's slow build-up can be tedious at times, but the combination of its awe-inspiring visuals, surprisingly deep screenplay, and the sheer magnitude of the iconic beast at its center is more than enough to provide ample entertainment for hardcore fans and casual film-goers alike. Expand
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ShaneDogMay 18, 2014
A must see in the theater, DO NOT wait for this movie to watch at home. While the in depth characterization wasn't necessary, the movie is well worth the wait of seeing Godzilla. The battles at the end are awesome and the sound fromA must see in the theater, DO NOT wait for this movie to watch at home. While the in depth characterization wasn't necessary, the movie is well worth the wait of seeing Godzilla. The battles at the end are awesome and the sound from beginning to end is worth the price of admission at the movie theater. A very well done movie all around and the only thing I would have wanted more of is more Godzilla. The way the cities were destroyed is something Michael Bay needs to get schooled on. This is the way you do it and with substance!! GO SEE THIS MOVIE!! Expand
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cocoleroMay 18, 2014
The best of the worst. - A-grade B-grade. Finally a half decent monster remake. Plot had substance but felt like the performances were at best contrived and too family-friendly for my liking.
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MasterZokenMay 18, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was very excited fro Godzilla to come up in cinemas, I even wanted to buy the posters. Though they do not sell the posters which saddens

Anyways, first off, I love Bryan Cranston's acting. He was perfect at his role. It was unfortunate that he had to die early in the movie. On the other hand, Aaron Johnson was alright. To be honest, I do not like the part of him saving his family and all. Still, Ken Wanatabe was quite good at his acting. A quiet character who believe in Godzilla saving the world. The weird part was when he brought up the bombing of Hiroshima. I might not understand what significant of that reminder, but yeah.

I thought Godzilla was to be the only monster in the movie, but it got better. In this movie, Godzilla is not the destroyer, but the savior. It was very nice of him to save the world from MUTO. My favorite part was when Godzilla decided to use his laser beam towards his enemies. It was AMAZING. I love it. There were some anti climax in the movie. When Godzilla was about to fight for the first time, it was shown in a TV which also skipped some part of the battle. Still, it was nice and I was happy that Godzilla did not die at the end.

I recommend this movie. It was nice to watch, especially at the end. Go Gojira!
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tvnewsguidoAug 22, 2014
If you don't go in thinking you're going to see a Godzilla movie - it's not bad.

One does get the feeling the monsters are more real than the characters running from them but I had a good time watching it.
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dharmaMay 24, 2014
After the disastrous 1998 remake, the Godzilla franchise has been dormant form more than 10 years. Enter Gareth Edwards and the team behind Legendary. What we have is a film that respects its origins as a kaiju movie, while trying hard toAfter the disastrous 1998 remake, the Godzilla franchise has been dormant form more than 10 years. Enter Gareth Edwards and the team behind Legendary. What we have is a film that respects its origins as a kaiju movie, while trying hard to balance it with modern sensibilities. Sure by showing the monsters from an 'ordinary man' perspective and delaying the monsters' reveal, Edwards made a creative choice that is artistic but controversial at the same time. It would have worked wonderfully if the characters are strong like in Spielberg's earlier efforts (Jaws, Close Encounters..) But Aaron Taylor's character is not compelling that it almost derails the whole film. (a weakness of old Japanese Godzilla films too in fact) Thank goodness for the kick ass monster action and spectacle, while reserved for the final third, was so great that you don't mind those boring bits. Great re-start of the franchise..essentially 'Godzilla Begins'. Can't wait for the next installments when classic monsters such as Mothra and Ghidorah are re-introduced. Expand
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JohnnyCMay 23, 2014
For good or bad, this film is structured just like the old Godzilla films that Toho Studios produced for years. You have to sit through a "human" story that is not all that involving, you get a peak of Godzilla or another monster now andFor good or bad, this film is structured just like the old Godzilla films that Toho Studios produced for years. You have to sit through a "human" story that is not all that involving, you get a peak of Godzilla or another monster now and then, building to a brief ending where Godzilla and company strut their stuff. Technically the film is great, and when Godzilla finally struts is stuff, he kicks ass awesomely. The director obviously is influenced by Spielberg and "JAWS", too bad the human story couldn't have delivered. This does need to be seen on the big screen, so you can enjoy the impact Godzilla makes. Expand
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TheApplegnomeAug 9, 2014
Not as good as the expectations, but it’s still an massive and entertaining movie that’s worth paying for.

This Godzilla reboot is both massive and highly unique, and the directing is just something spectacular. Gareth Edwards is one
Not as good as the expectations, but it’s still an massive and entertaining movie that’s worth paying for.

This Godzilla reboot is both massive and highly unique, and the directing is just something spectacular. Gareth Edwards is one director I’m not familiar with, but with this movie he truly kept me interested. The things that truly stands out with this movie is the epic soundtrack, the CGI and massive and unique scenes that I never have seen before. There are much awesome things with this movie, but it got some critical downsides. The aspects of the movie that I find most disturbing is that there could have been more scenes with Godzilla, it felt like the focus of the film is on other things. Another critical thing is that it could have had more action sequences, and that some choices that some characters did isn’t well thought through. Aaron Taylor-Johnson isn’t the best actor for the main role, I think they should focused more on Bryan Cranston, who is an flawless actor. The final critical thing with Godzilla is that one of the main characters died, and I think that ruined the movie, but also that the ending could have been more entertaining.

My conclusion of Godzilla is that it’s an cool and massive movie that's well directed, but it got some critical things that lowers my rating.

Godzilla get a 7/10
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mariotoadrabbitJul 5, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Thanks to the new Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, I must say in this new latest monster anticipation of the summer, Godzilla brings better sound, and visual effects, new casts and the first time they actually ever converted it in 3D and IMAX 3D. I am going to contrast between gojira 1954 and Godzilla 2014. I'll start with gojira 1954. In this first Kaiju film, this is in black and white, they speak Japanese and it's over a ninety-eight minutes if the film which that sucks to only me. Now next am going do about Godzilla 2014. In this new reboot franchise, this has new creatures fighting Godzilla in it, perfect sound, and visual effects, also in 3D and IMAX 3D and best action performances which I gotta say I loved it better then the 1954 one and other franchises before the new one came out. So I would liked to say thank you Gareth Edwards for bringing the franchise back this year. And one more thing to say that this is the summer's best anticipation movie I ever seen in 2014. Expand
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aguywhoreviewsMay 24, 2014
This is how Godzilla is done. Like the original Japanese movies, Godzilla does not show up until the end but that's ok. The human story in between is interesting and it pays off. This is a movie that must be seen in theaters for the audioThis is how Godzilla is done. Like the original Japanese movies, Godzilla does not show up until the end but that's ok. The human story in between is interesting and it pays off. This is a movie that must be seen in theaters for the audio alone, because when Godzilla roars, it is epic. The score is good and the visuals are spectacular. Cinematography is great. My only real complaint is that Bryan Cranston feels underused and a particular scene that I will not mention because that would be spoiling it. Go see Godzilla. Expand
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fusion_13May 25, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie is definately worth seeing. Godzilla is just amazing, and the two Mutos he fights look amazing as well, the action was awesome and the Human characters didn't really get boring. Some things i didn't like were that the human characters didn't have much effect on the story and Godzilla didn't have a motive for fighting the Muto's, for some reason he just decides to fight some monsters. Also it was weird how he didn't harm and humans. Over the story and action were great, i recommend watching it. 8/10 Expand
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samthebeastMay 21, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this movie was just an extremely entertaining movie. just a fun ride all the way through, just a great way to kick off the summer of movies. even though there wasn't enough Godzilla action which was one of it's few flaws it still had enough action with the MUTOs to keep you on the edge of your seat. my only huge dislike of the movie is that Bryan Cranston dies way too early in the film. but overall just a great way to start off the summer and makes me want to see more this summer Expand
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LucasAmancioMay 23, 2014
It's a good movie. It remains consistent, cohesive and has its fidelity to the original. However, not enough at times that an expectation, though it may be small, it is created.
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Sergei1926May 23, 2014
This film restores the great tradition of monster movies to its rightful status. Gareth Edwards has incorporated all of the elements of the mid-50s tradition into a contemporary film that has several significant messages for our time, and isThis film restores the great tradition of monster movies to its rightful status. Gareth Edwards has incorporated all of the elements of the mid-50s tradition into a contemporary film that has several significant messages for our time, and is an absolute blast to watch. His opening credits, which no one seems to have noticed, focus on the very immediate crisis of government concealment of truth and prosecution of whistle-blowers. Note how he "whites out" information about the filmmakers and actors against background imagery of everything from Darwin's Origin of Species to classified documents on nuclear testing. The other themes have been much discussed and usually mistakenly by conventional movie reviewers who really have no idea what they are watching. This is a monster movie about the relationship between individual and state, and between individual and nature. Don't miss it! Blow-off the latest vacuous romantic comedy or the next BS transformers regurgitation. Godzilla is the real thing. Expand
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PercivallianAug 19, 2014
This was an excellent reintroduction of the Godzilla character, and an excellent movie in general. It was definitely a lot different compared to what I was expecting. That's for sure. But, in my opinion, the movie that we got (with GodzillaThis was an excellent reintroduction of the Godzilla character, and an excellent movie in general. It was definitely a lot different compared to what I was expecting. That's for sure. But, in my opinion, the movie that we got (with Godzilla as the semi-heroic monster battling against the antagonistic M.U.T.O.'s) is preferable to the movie I had predicted (with an antagonistic Godzilla wrecking things all the way through the movie). This is my new favorite incarnation of Godzilla: a dark guardian protecting the balance of nature, no matter the cost. The special effects are fantastic. The acting is good. The story is great. This is all that I could ask for from a Godzilla movie. I left the theater with a smile on my face, and I would definitely recommend watching this movie. Expand
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Gojira2Jun 15, 2014
Its Incredible! The most amazing movie of the year,Godzilla is a epic japanese monster who figth against other 2 monsters named ''M.U.T.O.'' Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism
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quandrewJun 24, 2014
Watching Godzilla was a cathartic experience.
The sense of wonder I'd felt at the movies as a very small child came flooding back into my adult heart as I watched this remarkable film tell it's story. I felt renewed hope in myself and in
Watching Godzilla was a cathartic experience.
The sense of wonder I'd felt at the movies as a very small child came flooding back into my adult heart as I watched this remarkable film tell it's story. I felt renewed hope in myself and in humanity.
It's worth your time to watch it.
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NotoriousFraudAug 31, 2014
This is one of these "extreme split" movies. One half (here being the human part) is completely uninteresting, while the other half (the monster parts) are incredibly awesome. It's like peeling a really hard and bitter shell to finally getThis is one of these "extreme split" movies. One half (here being the human part) is completely uninteresting, while the other half (the monster parts) are incredibly awesome. It's like peeling a really hard and bitter shell to finally get through to the sweet fruit inside. Also, I don't know how someone can do such a generic human story, look at the finished product and think "Wow, this is great". I mean, even for Hollywood summer movie standards. Expand
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xdhollywoodOct 7, 2014
It's a good movie. It follows the original ways of godzilla movies by hyping up the appearance of godzilla which is really awesome on how it is done. It mostly portrays the story for the stupid son. Overall it is a good movie.
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OrwMay 16, 2014
It was an amazing experience. It felt very real. Godzilla is the kind of movie in which you can submerge and let everything go. Its candy for our imagination. Epic in every way, and at the same time every frame could be exhibited as aIt was an amazing experience. It felt very real. Godzilla is the kind of movie in which you can submerge and let everything go. Its candy for our imagination. Epic in every way, and at the same time every frame could be exhibited as a painting in any gallery over the world. Having seen Gareth Edwards most famous previous work "Monsters", i knew i wasn't going to be disappointed. Now i can say i have seen Godzilla, the King of all Monsters, in its full glory. Just like this movie is now the King of all Fine-Arts-Blockbusters. Expand
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eGaryMay 16, 2014
I really liked most of this film. It maybe had some too slow moments for a movie about the King of Monsters, but it didn't ruin the experience for me at all. All of the background information was awesome and made the story much moreI really liked most of this film. It maybe had some too slow moments for a movie about the King of Monsters, but it didn't ruin the experience for me at all. All of the background information was awesome and made the story much more interesting. As for these slow scenes - it's just that people (including me) probably went to the movie to see more of Godzilla himself and him fighting than it was shown. But when it was shown - it was epic. It's probably the best Godzilla movie (of course it's almost impossible to compare it to the oldest films, but it was definitely better than the previous 1998 American version). Expand
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iRakeJakeiJun 17, 2014
I have seen this movie twice and I must say, it holds up a second time. One of the few movies iv seen in a while that makes your jaw drop and cheer at the screen. Holding back Godzilla was an incredibly smart choice and gave life to theI have seen this movie twice and I must say, it holds up a second time. One of the few movies iv seen in a while that makes your jaw drop and cheer at the screen. Holding back Godzilla was an incredibly smart choice and gave life to the monster on screen. (Good for this movie, if there is a sequel i want to see him for a much longer time.) That being said, Godzilla had more character and personality then any other human character in the movie. Luckily the human drama is just interesting enough to string you along till you get the major pay off at the end of the movie. Its great that we have a Godzilla movie where we can actually root for Godzilla. Expand
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Pazzo7May 17, 2014
So I went to see the movie again because the first I felt like I didnt catch up some things and some other things bothered me.My fault (and I think a lot us did the same mistake) the first time I watched the film was that I went to seeSo I went to see the movie again because the first I felt like I didnt catch up some things and some other things bothered me.My fault (and I think a lot us did the same mistake) the first time I watched the film was that I went to see Godzilla and with this thinking I didnt connect to the characters.This time I went to see it again but I wanted to see a film not ONLY about Godzilla but also about humans and I was able to actually connect enough with them to route for them and the things I didnt get the first or didnt like this time I liked a lot.Thats a tip.Go see Godzilla a second time but dont think about Godzilla as the main character.Think about the humans as well and I hope you will enjoy the movie much more than the first time. Expand
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IIISPQRIIIMay 16, 2014
Definitely a case of quality over quantity. The director was smart about limiting the amount of actual Godzilla screen time because every scene the King of Monsters does show up in is made much more powerful than following him around everyDefinitely a case of quality over quantity. The director was smart about limiting the amount of actual Godzilla screen time because every scene the King of Monsters does show up in is made much more powerful than following him around every single second. There are also plenty of scenes that focus on the main characters while the rampage is occurring and that let's you appreciate the scope of the action.

The only person who needed more screen time in this film was Brian Cranston.
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GreatballsMay 17, 2014
One of the year's best movies! Godzilla is back in a big (huge) style and he does not disappoint. The visual effects and the music is stunning! The story is well told and you get a good insight into the events. One problem I had with theOne of the year's best movies! Godzilla is back in a big (huge) style and he does not disappoint. The visual effects and the music is stunning! The story is well told and you get a good insight into the events. One problem I had with the film, was the lack of few more monster battles! The instructor could easily have included the battle between the Mutos and Godzilla at the airport. But once the fighting was on it was a pleasure to look at!

If a sequel comes, I hope, however, there will be more focus on Godzilla and less on humans.

Great to see Godzilla back in shape!
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CybercoreCEOMay 16, 2014
This reincarnation of the beloved Kaiju franchise is 20 times better than the 90s American version. This movie focuses on the human interaction, where it shows believable reaction if giant monsters were introduced to mankind. There are veryThis reincarnation of the beloved Kaiju franchise is 20 times better than the 90s American version. This movie focuses on the human interaction, where it shows believable reaction if giant monsters were introduced to mankind. There are very obvious homages to the source material, from the design and talks of the dangers of nuclear warfare. I love the action sequences, when they are there. There are few in depth shots of monster on monster fighting, but when the action was up close and personal, it blew me away. If you are new to the Godzilla franchise, you will not be confused, but intrigued by this new world of colossus and titans. Expand
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JetJaguar83May 16, 2014
It's hard to walk into a new Godzilla movie with low expectations because his franchise is such an established brand. That being said, I felt I was in good hands as the director teased me and built intensity towards a worthwhile payoff inIt's hard to walk into a new Godzilla movie with low expectations because his franchise is such an established brand. That being said, I felt I was in good hands as the director teased me and built intensity towards a worthwhile payoff in the final act. Kaiju filmmakers will always have to ask their audiences for a leap of faith on certain plot points and securing top talent to carry the majority of films during monster rampages isn't easy. I applaud the efforts in this latest reincarnation and would happily see it again. Expand
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CyanisticMay 17, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A really good movie. However, as in all movies, there are flaws, even in the old Godzilla movies. There is things left to be desired of the movie as per usual. But as a die-hard Godzilla fan, I absolutely loved it from beginning to end. However, I do feel that the monsters died a little too easily. Expand
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JcelsiusMay 18, 2014
I agree with a lot of the criticisms of the film. It felt less like a film about Godzilla and more like a film about a soldier trying to get back to his family, with Godzilla fighting monsters in the background. I understand the desire toI agree with a lot of the criticisms of the film. It felt less like a film about Godzilla and more like a film about a soldier trying to get back to his family, with Godzilla fighting monsters in the background. I understand the desire to tease us, but at some point it gets to be too much. The reveal was worth the wait because Godzilla seriously kicked butt, but the fight could have been shown much more.

It was an awesome but frustrating movie. Whenever it comes out on home video, I will surely watch it again but I may fast forward to the good parts, if that tells you anything about the movie.
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KivaMay 19, 2014
Though the trailer showed different things, I can say that I actually liked Godzilla. It was something I've never experienced in the movies. The whole cast was amazing, especially Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Oslen. It was interesting and IThough the trailer showed different things, I can say that I actually liked Godzilla. It was something I've never experienced in the movies. The whole cast was amazing, especially Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Oslen. It was interesting and I was during the whole movie on the edge of my seat. A must-see Expand
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Mell0srt4May 16, 2014
One of the things that made this movie great is that it made you anticipate the climax and when that did happen wow!! If you want to see fighting scenes the whole movie or all of the characters immediately go see transformers that movie isOne of the things that made this movie great is that it made you anticipate the climax and when that did happen wow!! If you want to see fighting scenes the whole movie or all of the characters immediately go see transformers that movie is terrible to me and I'm glad Godzilla did not go that route! Expand
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wzy200912345May 16, 2014
IT IS WORTH FOR MY WAIT,FOR disaster film,it's almost perfect

For godzilla movie?the time for godzilla is tooooooo short!even less than muto,I NEED MORE!

P.S:godzilla'roar is fantatic,it's STRONGER THAN ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK IN THE EARTH!
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MovieReviewsMay 16, 2014
Not only one of the best monster movies in recent years (This includes Pacific Rim) Godzilla is the best Gojira monster movie ever made, such a blast. This movie is epic, despite I didn't watch it in 3D, I was infected by its beautiful,Not only one of the best monster movies in recent years (This includes Pacific Rim) Godzilla is the best Gojira monster movie ever made, such a blast. This movie is epic, despite I didn't watch it in 3D, I was infected by its beautiful, mesmerizing visual effects. However, if you are coming in to watch 2 hrs of Godzilla, Godzilla is show only for 20 mins or something, because this movie about humans facing this terrible plague of monster(s). Godzilla is highly recommended to everyone, it will be one of the best of 2014 and will be an instant classic for sure. Expand
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EdgyTheEdgehogMay 18, 2014
For a giant monster/disaster movie, this one does just about everything right. It's tightly paced, well acted, and has plenty of truly spectacular "WOW" moments. The movie takes some valuable cues from the original film in terms of pacing andFor a giant monster/disaster movie, this one does just about everything right. It's tightly paced, well acted, and has plenty of truly spectacular "WOW" moments. The movie takes some valuable cues from the original film in terms of pacing and tone. It treats its subject matter as seriously as a good disaster movie should, and provides us with ample buildup as the human characters work to piece together the mystery of Godzilla and his foes.
There is certainly an ample supply of stock side characters and disaster-movie tropes, and Bryan Cranston's role in the film is basically just to deliver lines for the trailer, but this is a Godzilla movie. Judged by that standard it stands tall as one of the best.
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StoligMay 16, 2014
By far one of the best movies to feature giant monsters ever made, I was sorry to see most of the earlier monster fights actually took place off camera and were told through news broadcasts. But when the big fights do come later in the movie,By far one of the best movies to feature giant monsters ever made, I was sorry to see most of the earlier monster fights actually took place off camera and were told through news broadcasts. But when the big fights do come later in the movie, they are pretty awesome. Like many giant monster movies, the human element is the weak point, but no one wants to sit around and listen to dialog when monsters could be fighting or destroying stuff. Hopefully in the inevitable sequel they might actually have more Godzilla in it. Expand
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bfoore90Sep 26, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ive long been a Godzilla fan, Ive seen almost every movie and the original one from 1954 still hails as a classic in my opinion and while there was some things that could have been done better in this movie, I still feel like this movie was/is one of the best movies of 2014 and marked a successful return for the King to America. Yeah, some could say that holding Godzilla back until roughly an hour in was sort of a letdown as well as killing off Brian Cranston(the only actor who seemed to give a **** the entire film) but this film mostly suffered from what I felt like was under-developed characters and over-all a somewhat too "human centered" movie. Taylor-Johnson is passable and Olsen is also enjoyable but other than Cranston, Hawkins, Strathairn and Watanabe the movie could have benefited from a better lead actor who could take command of the screen while not feeling like such an emotionless rock someone like Chris Pratt, Matt Damon (doubt he would do it) or even a Tom Hardy would have been much better suited for the role than Aaron Johnson. Yes, showing the human side of Godzilla's path of destruction is a much needed quality to these movies but not to the extent of giving your title character around 24 minutes of TOTAL screen time(+small appearances in the beginning) which is why I didn't have an issue with it. But on the flip side, most of the movie showed the humans being stupid and trying to nuke Godzilla(who feeds off nuclear fallout) and the MUTOs, the entire human aspect of the film could have been done alot better then the simple "lets nuke em" approach. The fight scene towards the end really made the movie for me as a whole and the final appearance by Godzilla was glorious as well. All in all, I feel like this movie was very well done. Say what you want about Godzilla's screen time but you can definitely feel his presence being felt as they cleverly took a page out of classic movies like "Jaws," and "Jurassic Park" at holding their biggest and baddest monster back, allowing you to feel his presence off screen before unleashing him onscreen. Expand
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LienooneMay 19, 2014
This movie is just epic, Godzilla is just epic, I mean this movie is just one hell of a ride, and just everything makes you wanna wish that they make another Godzilla movie fast. This movie was exactly what I wished it to be, one epic monsterThis movie is just epic, Godzilla is just epic, I mean this movie is just one hell of a ride, and just everything makes you wanna wish that they make another Godzilla movie fast. This movie was exactly what I wished it to be, one epic monster movie, that nobody who loves Godzilla like I do should miss! Expand
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Sportsfan756May 16, 2014
This movie was simply a spectacle to behold from start to finish. The acting of two of my favorites, Bryan Cranston and David Strathairn, is great as expected. The story is not so much original as it is perfectly executed. Aaron TaylorThis movie was simply a spectacle to behold from start to finish. The acting of two of my favorites, Bryan Cranston and David Strathairn, is great as expected. The story is not so much original as it is perfectly executed. Aaron Taylor Johnson left something to be desired though. The monsters are well done and the cgi is heavily used but to good effect. There is plenty of action for those looking for it, and a great buildup to the final showdown. Overall, this one gets a 9 out of 10 from me. Expand
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Rob7309May 16, 2014
This is a real solid summer blockbuster. Good story, likable characters and obviously awesome monsters. The movie is genuinely exciting and built some good tension. The CGI and sound were great so definitely check this out on an IMAX screen.This is a real solid summer blockbuster. Good story, likable characters and obviously awesome monsters. The movie is genuinely exciting and built some good tension. The CGI and sound were great so definitely check this out on an IMAX screen. The "teasing" started to bug me a little, but patience is a virtue. Expand
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TheViking101May 17, 2014
This movie was suspenseful, action-packed and kept me entertained the whole time. I know a lot of people use the term epic for movies these days, and its become meaningless, but this was right out EPIC. People were cheering in the cinema asThis movie was suspenseful, action-packed and kept me entertained the whole time. I know a lot of people use the term epic for movies these days, and its become meaningless, but this was right out EPIC. People were cheering in the cinema as the great special effects and scenery gave an intense feeling of awesomeness. Great film, check it out. Expand
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kopekopeMay 16, 2014
Overall, tension is build properlu, and imo, except for music, which has its good moments and moments where it cleary sounds outdated, the film is pretty awesome. Definetely worth watching. Well done.
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sethry101May 16, 2014
I have just seen the new movie, and simply put it is God-like! I want to talk about all the incredible parts, but can't spoil it. Go out and see it, it is amazing!
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MisterKhan101May 17, 2014
I enjoyed the movie a lot. For me the pacing was good. It moved from one point to another with little to zero slowdown. The scenes leading up to the big fight were tense and thrilling. My only gripe is there should have been a bit moreI enjoyed the movie a lot. For me the pacing was good. It moved from one point to another with little to zero slowdown. The scenes leading up to the big fight were tense and thrilling. My only gripe is there should have been a bit more godzilla. They could have shown us one of the fight scenes that were cut off. Overall enjoyable movie. Expand
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RaanthMay 16, 2014
Easily one of the best movies of 2014 so far, if not the best. As someone who kind of spoiled himself to all of the trailers (not a smart idea) I felt, at first, feeling a bit empty. Soon after the film, i thought about it, and realized howEasily one of the best movies of 2014 so far, if not the best. As someone who kind of spoiled himself to all of the trailers (not a smart idea) I felt, at first, feeling a bit empty. Soon after the film, i thought about it, and realized how well put together Godzilla really is: Good human drama (could be better, but FAR from bad), fantastic effects, and a well thought-out story line, in my opinion, gives Godzilla its place in 2014. Expand
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jasoncarmineMay 16, 2014
I loved the movie people are just mad Godzilla was hardly in it wacth Godzilla 1954 it almost alike so people have to stop complaining the acting was great and the action was great.
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SuperFloorMatMay 19, 2014
The King Of The Monsters Returns! Bow down to the king!
The Human drama is dark and brutal. The Godzilla movies always shown the destructive nature that the humans cannot escape from the battlefield. From the start to the ending I was eyes
The King Of The Monsters Returns! Bow down to the king!
The Human drama is dark and brutal. The Godzilla movies always shown the destructive nature that the humans cannot escape from the battlefield. From the start to the ending I was eyes open into the storyline. Which was the generic awesome original Godzilla genre. "We need to **** kill these things" then meeting with failure over failure. Godzilla is a destructive force..Godzilla is natures balance.. and the idea just knowing that pays off, because in this film they are fully there in the astmosphere, but they barely show them until the end product. For an example, they show off that they are about to have an epic battle, then teases it into someone else ACROSS THE WORLD. For some people it was a big problem, for me. It was just right. It kept me watching, looking for whats next, it gave me chills down my spine. Btw Godzilla is a badass MOFO.

Though it needed more of Byran Canston. He made the starting of the film, feel so nice. He was the center of darkness and emotional depression that nature caused him to be. It makes you feel mentally that bad things are going to happen to the humans in the future of the movie. In the end it sorta pays off with good acting but generic characters.. which my family didn't mind. End result it was smooth and dramatic. Visually it couldn't be better, we hit the point of realism that our eyes can handle.

It was more that we could of asked for.
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IsoteosMay 16, 2014
I first heard of this film from James Rolfe some months ago; since then I've been waiting anxiously for it's release date, hoping that it would justify all the hype I had built.
And it didn't disappoint, in fact it delivered more than I
I first heard of this film from James Rolfe some months ago; since then I've been waiting anxiously for it's release date, hoping that it would justify all the hype I had built.
And it didn't disappoint, in fact it delivered more than I expected. Now, I want to clarify that I'm no Godzilla expert and my limited knowledge of this cult originates from the vision of Godzillathon, but I don't think I would exaggerate if I said that this movie is probably one of the best in the entire saga.

While the first half of the film may be a little slow paced for some people, it does a good job at introducing the characters and developing the plot.

The constant interruption of the fight between the monsters was clever: it made me crave for more and more and the tension I had accumulated was slowly killing me , but it paid off in the end.

The last 20 minutes were epic, and really explain why Godzilla is the "King of the monsters". Sure, some may complain that, for a movie titled Godzilla, 20 minutes of screen time aren't enough, but I'd rather have 20 minutes of an intense and well done fight, than 2 hours of:"Oh look explosions and destruction and other random stuff!"
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Bradyjgibson9May 17, 2014
The best ever. Yes there is a lot of special effects but they truly are amazing. I have to say one of the best movies of the year. First time I have ever clapped in a movie theater two. I wish godzilla could talk.
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alonso31mpMay 17, 2014
This movie blows you up, the effects were tremendously good and the development of the story is so well handed. By far one of the best movies I've ever seen
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TheQuietGamerOct 20, 2014
The best giant monster movie I have ever seen. The tension is real, the characters believable, and the destruction is glorious. A perfect melding of the original Japanese mentality towards the series with American writing and filmmaking. IThe best giant monster movie I have ever seen. The tension is real, the characters believable, and the destruction is glorious. A perfect melding of the original Japanese mentality towards the series with American writing and filmmaking. I found myself to be completely absorbed in it and enthralled by it.

There's definitely more of a focus on the human element and characters, which clearly has disappointed some. Personally I don't feel the movie could have succeeded quite in the same way. This movie has the potential to please audiences new and old. If they had just focused on Godzilla himself then this would've only appealed to old-school Godzilla fans. It would've also lost the realistic feel this movie has. Honestly I see it as the best of both worlds, and I loved old-school, Japanese Godzilla.

The movie doesn't skip out on it's monster though. Godzilla is still here in all his magnificence, and director Gareth Edwards just loves to show off his massive size. I love how Godzilla is portrayed in this film, and I can't wait for the sequels this movie sets up for. It's a perfect introduction to Godzilla, and what is hopefully the start of a new series of films.

The tension builds to perfection in this movie. It's an absolute blast to behold and it had me sitting on the edge of my seat in suspense many times throughout. It's an absolute masterpiece of a monster movie, and one that I recommend be at the top of your must-watch list.
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mooshuMay 17, 2014
I just saw Godzilla last night with friends and I must say, this movie had us all mixed as far as reviews go. Honestly, it seemed two of us liked it while two thought that it lacked in areas. Let me start by saying, I liked it. It was noI just saw Godzilla last night with friends and I must say, this movie had us all mixed as far as reviews go. Honestly, it seemed two of us liked it while two thought that it lacked in areas. Let me start by saying, I liked it. It was no Pacific Rim, thank God, because i was so expectant for that movie and it was a major disappointment to me. This movie however, was more like a disaster movie, rather than a monster movie. I was a little disappointed that Godzilla was not in very many scenes, but afterward, I thought about it and talked with friends and I realized I was kind of glad because then it would have simply been another Pacific Rim. Only it would have been Kaiju fighting Kaiju. Godzilla looked awesome! On that, we all agreed. The acting suffered a bit but the storyline was interesting. overall, I enjoyed the look and feel of the movie. It's what a summer movie should be, loud, exciting, and intense! Expand
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BrianMcCriticMay 17, 2014
This film has everything you want in a big budget monster movie most of all some terrific scenes featuring Godzilla. Some minor dragging keeps this from being a perfect film, but the best I've seen so far this year nonetheless. A
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DuckNationMay 17, 2014
I'm pretty sure most of here remember the horrible 1998 movie that shares the same title as the this and the original and where as that movie failed on everything this movie only falls flat on one aspect. It just so happens to be some of theI'm pretty sure most of here remember the horrible 1998 movie that shares the same title as the this and the original and where as that movie failed on everything this movie only falls flat on one aspect. It just so happens to be some of the main characters which take up screen time that are the ones to fall flat. It's not that the acting it bad it's just that it's largely forgettable in the end. Other then that though the movie excels in being, grounded, gritty and dark, with some excellent cinematography that made you feel as if you were in the carnage along everyone else. I personally have it beating out Pacific Rim which is the movie it will be compared to a lot because of how recent it came out and it being of the same genre.

The movie first follows Bryan Cranston's character Joe Brody and his wife Sandra Brody played by Juliette Binoche they are scientists working at the local nuclear power plant in Janjira Japan. The power plant ends up going going in to meltdown causing the death of Brody's wife and which the government tries to cover up with claims that it was just a earthquake. This causes Brody to go into conspiracy mode for the next 15 years trying figure out what really happened that day, he tries to get into his old house that is inside the quarantined zone but he is caught and thrown in jail. This causes Joe's son Ford Brody played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson to fly over to japan to bail him out and bring him back home, Ford now a military bomb disarming specialist with a family, is still angry at his father but thinks he is just going crazy over what happened.

This is where the two main human characters differ for me, i actually liked Cranston's character they gave him purpose and however over the top you think he may get you have to remember that what he is saying is the truth, so him acting over the top is justified. Now for Aaron Taylor-Johnson's character i felt it wasn't his fault that his character isn't that great its just that the writers made him to be so boring and cliched. The rest of the cast Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, all did solid performances but like i said before they end up being forgettable in the end.

As for Godzilla he was simply amazing to say the least, standing a massive 350ft in the air he walks among the skyscrapers laying waste to everything with ease. I had actually seen some early concept designs for this Godzilla before i left for the theater and i have to say that they for sure picked the best design to bring the Monster back to life and not that lizard BS that was in the 1998 one. I know critics are not liking the fact that you don't fully see Godzilla until the third act but if they remember the 1954 original also didn't show him until the end the only difference is that movie is like 30 minutes shorter. Despite that though i still really enjoyed this film once all the fighting started happening i forgot about the rest of the film you sit there with awe and amazement feeling like you are a little kid again watching Monsters fight it out on the big screen. Oh i should say that this screening was in IMAX so everything was flipping gorgeous, i haven't seen that many films in IMAX and the last one was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and that was six months ago, i'm used to my local crappy theater with crappy video and audio not amazing video and audio.

Overall i give it a 8.0 If Godzilla is able to spring the franchise back to life and we are able to get some sequels i wouldn't mind more Godzilla screen time and also maybe some of his old enemies like King Ghidorah, Destoroyah, Mothra, mecha Mechagodzilla anyone of those would be awesome. Anyways Godzilla is a for sure a must watch for all i don't care if you never cared for the Godzilla movies or even like the genre, the movie is set to entertain all, as soon as the Blu ray is available for Pre-order i'm getting me two copies
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thebeast007May 18, 2014
GODZILLA,is the most epic monster movie i have ever seen in my life,it was the most exhilirating ,exciting and satisfying in it's genre truly an example to follow.Director Gareth Edwards has done only one small budget film beforeGODZILLA,is the most epic monster movie i have ever seen in my life,it was the most exhilirating ,exciting and satisfying in it's genre truly an example to follow.Director Gareth Edwards has done only one small budget film before "monsters",he brought quality and true emotion in that movie,while still maintaining that great spectacle action.

The movie has great actors supported by Bryan Cranston(breaking bad,malcolm in the middle),Elizabeth Olsen(oldboy,avengers 2),Aaron Johnson(kick ass),they all deliver a magnificent performance ,especially from Bryan Cranston.The human element which most of the movie is hangs onto is fantastic ,you root for these guys ,you care for them,you want them to survive.The story itself is quite gripping and fascinating,constantly innovating,but also remaining a good throwback to the 1954 original,which itself held a very political message with it.

BUUUUUUUT,besides an ultimately intruiguing plot,the reason we all came to the theater is to hear and see the KING OF ALL MONSTERS,GODZILLA.The director utilizes a very smart approach instead of showing him to us all the time,like 1998 Roland Emmerich's film,this movie constantly teases us ,so that when it actually gets to the fight and glory it's all the more energetic,worthwile and MY GOD THE FINAL FIGHT is absolutely worth the price of admission,its just 15 to 16 minutes of pure BADASS,EPIC AND GLORIOUS,battle i have ever seen,in fact when it does get to the ultimate climax it made me clap,now ussualy i am pretty pumped and all anxious when i see action in theaters,but i never clap,this movie made me want to do that,and the whole theater clapped with me ,which made this moment truly amazing because it that much more effective when everyone gets their mind blown and ripped to pieces.

GODZILLA ,is without a doubt a cinematic masterpiece and achievement,its the best example of how to do a proper monster movie:heartful,suspenseful,exciting,teasing and one that pays off very big.
So what the hell are you waiting for go line up and hear the big guy roar.

btw, GODZILLA's the roar is one of the most unique and awesome out there,seriously its really loud.
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ClarkIRMay 19, 2014
I felt the movie did a lot to try and keep to the traditional Japanese ideology. I thought they did a decent job building the suspense. I will admit it felt a little drug out once the first encounter between Godzilla and an MUTO occurred,I felt the movie did a lot to try and keep to the traditional Japanese ideology. I thought they did a decent job building the suspense. I will admit it felt a little drug out once the first encounter between Godzilla and an MUTO occurred, Even 30 seconds of action there could have made the appetizer Edwards was trying to give us more filling.

They did an 'okay' job setting up the story, It was better than almost every Godzilla ever conceived but it felt like several different movies going on at once. Godzilla looked great, the action sequences involving Godzilla were great but in the end I don't really feel like I got enough, and came away a little disappointed as a result. Trading some Aaron Taylor-Johnson face time for Godzilla would have gone a long way.

As a fan of the series, I would have preferred Godzilla as an antagonist. It felt like making Godzilla this misunderstood savior of humanity, destroying buildings as collateral damage was hedging their bets a little much.
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HeadcrusherMay 17, 2014
Godzilla is the new superhero! (if you can hang with that you'll enjoy the film) This is the film I was waiting for since 3D modeling and the movies got together. As a fan of giant monster movies since I was a kid I was waiting expectantlyGodzilla is the new superhero! (if you can hang with that you'll enjoy the film) This is the film I was waiting for since 3D modeling and the movies got together. As a fan of giant monster movies since I was a kid I was waiting expectantly for this film since I saw the trailer and it definitely is the best Godzilla movie ever!

Having seen it on opening day I can testify that the audience had a great time. My only wish list would be in the future - more monster - less military. This film takes awhile to get going, like a lot of other (superhero) franchise films, it needs to lay down a solid foundation for the many sequels still to come - Whoo Hoo!! ( man am I getting tired of Spiderman, Superman, Transformers, etc over and over - giant dinosaurs destroying cities much more fun!) You know you're going to be seeing those sequels so you might as well go to the local IMAX, strap on your glasses and have some fun with Godzilla this weekend. Note - this film is rated PG and although there are scenes that might scare small children - lots of destruction - there is virtually no gratuitous violence - which means its fine for kids over 13. It follows in the tradition of the Japanese movies nicely. Exciting, funny at times, with a decent supporting story - if you're a Godzilla fan - you'll enjoy it!
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SimpleMethodMay 18, 2014
I went in expecting big, dumb action, a.k.a. a summer blockbuster, and that's not really what I got. With that being said, I'm in no way disappointed with that outcome. Godzilla is a taut, smart, and morally sound THRILLER, not action film.I went in expecting big, dumb action, a.k.a. a summer blockbuster, and that's not really what I got. With that being said, I'm in no way disappointed with that outcome. Godzilla is a taut, smart, and morally sound THRILLER, not action film. Director Gareth Edwards does a great job of keeping Godzilla back for the most part, only showing glimpses of him until the final 20 or so minutes. This style of narrative pays great homage to the original film, and I really respect that. People complain about Aaron Johnson's character not being emotive enough, and while he certainly isn't, that's not what the character calls for. The character calls for someone who is in control-both physically and emotionally, and that's what Johnson brings to the table. The entire cast brings their A-game and elevates occasionally clunky dialogue to fascinating, realistic drama. A great movie. Expand
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JDKoernerMay 16, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Someone has been studying his Spielberg, and he gets an A.

This is less about the destruction wrought by monsters [although there is plenty of that] as much as the appearance of monsters: out of the mist, the water, the sky, the earth, as they march, or fly, or erupt into view. The protagonist doesn't act as much as react [and in a nod to Jaws, one of a number of references to other science fiction/monster movies, he is named Brody] and many shots are framed from his literal view point, from behind, his person small against a huge background.

The movie takes its time: in one memorable scene, four soldiers need to check a railroad bridge, two walking on top and two below. Even if it weren't 3D the railroad ties are far apart, the view down below vertiginous. When one of them drops his flashlight, we follow it all the way down from the top, and then cut to it almost hitting one of the two below. A quiet minute or so of sheer suspense. Of course, they radio back that it's safe to come across, only to have a flaming engine [see burning train from War of the Worlds] coming straight at them, followed by a point of view from underwater, in which you see Brody, having jumped from the bridge, break the surface, the glowing train right behind him.

The sound design in exquisite: several times cables give way and snap with a twang of menace, and of course the creatures bellow much more loudly than anything in Jurassic Park [thank you IMAX speakers. if the glass of water on the dash board vibrated in Jurassic, this time your seat vibrates]

A reference to Aliens is the hand held motion devices, and for an extended, beautiful paratrooper jump, with long orange smoke trails against a deep blue sky, the sound cue is the same one Kurbick used for the approach to the monolith in the Moon excavation.

I wasn't so much scared as delighted, and I had a big grin on my face throughout. I kept thinking, WOW, someone really took the time and the trouble to get every detail right. There were no bombastic "Today we are cancelling the apocalypse! " moments, just a father separated from his wife and son, wondering whether he may be called to give his life one minute, or the next, or the next.
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godzillabotsMay 17, 2014
Godzilla 2014 is by far the best movie of the year! I am glad to see the King of the Monsters return to the big screen. Yeah, he doesn't have that much screen time like a lot of people say, but you have to remember that this is suppose to beGodzilla 2014 is by far the best movie of the year! I am glad to see the King of the Monsters return to the big screen. Yeah, he doesn't have that much screen time like a lot of people say, but you have to remember that this is suppose to be a origin story to the new Godzilla. Overall, see Godzilla now! SKREEEEEEONK!!! Expand
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aleksasstaMay 16, 2014
Awesome movie! .
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ZombieWhosoeverMay 16, 2014
Finally, after roughly 10 years of waiting and great anticipation, Godzilla has finally returned to the big screen, and the outcome couldn't have been more satisfying. I first have to compliment the engaging human element that was lacking andFinally, after roughly 10 years of waiting and great anticipation, Godzilla has finally returned to the big screen, and the outcome couldn't have been more satisfying. I first have to compliment the engaging human element that was lacking and reduced to downright embarrassment in the horrid first American reboot in 1998. While despite Aaron Taylor-Johnson's character dragging at times, he still manages to be a tolerable lead along with his talented supporting cast, especially since the original Godzilla films never had acting as a strong suit. The screenplay was gratifyingly reminiscent of previous Godzilla installments as well; while not being the most ideally written it's still effective enough to grip the attention span with its serious feel. The score for the film composed by Alexandre Desplat, has an old school Akira Ifukube vibe to it, paying reverence to the great Godzilla anthems of old, while injecting an additional neoteric feel that helps set the dark tone for the film. This gives each scene an extra ounce of thrilling tension. Now, as for Godzilla himself, he is seen for a limited time in his own film which was not necessarily a bad thing. Gareth Edwards' incessant build-up and teases work like a charm to make the audience crave more of the big guy (who is designed into his most intimidating incarnation to date), and more of his terrifyingly alluring parasitic foes. With that being said, the film culminates with one of the most awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping giant monster smack downs to ever be graced on screen. The nearly impeccable CGI in this film make the fight scenes seem even more unparalleled to anything that any Godzilla movie or action movie has ever delivered before.

Overall, this is a welcoming return for the king of the monsters and a commendable attempt by director and fellow Godzilla fan, Gareth Edwards at delivering an awesome reboot to the fans and breathing new life into a storied franchise.
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ThegodfathersonMay 17, 2014
Loved it. Director Gareth Edwards made one of the best Godzillas in recent memory. Taylor Johnson was awesome and so was Cranston and Olsen. This Godzilla is fresh, scary and intense the whole ride through. Must watch in IMAX 3D. The story isLoved it. Director Gareth Edwards made one of the best Godzillas in recent memory. Taylor Johnson was awesome and so was Cranston and Olsen. This Godzilla is fresh, scary and intense the whole ride through. Must watch in IMAX 3D. The story is also new and the tale that Godzilla tells a horrific tale of the origional Toho masterpiece. Scary, freaking and just awesome. Godzilla is one of my favorite movies that I have ever watched. Loved it. Expand
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guitarguy001May 16, 2014
A very well made monster movie and a return to glory for the King of Monsters. The movie looked amazing with its visuals and cinematography, you care for the characters and the build up to Gojira definitely pulls off. This movie has alot ofA very well made monster movie and a return to glory for the King of Monsters. The movie looked amazing with its visuals and cinematography, you care for the characters and the build up to Gojira definitely pulls off. This movie has alot of crowd pleasers too. If you like Gojira, i highly reccommend this movie, its one of the best, if not THE best, Godzilla movie made. Expand
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pastor43May 17, 2014
I will be brief... Being an old school Saturday Morning Monster Theater guy I prepared myself to not expect the honoring of certain nostalgia regarding Godzilla, but to my surprise the upticks where impressive. The human story could have beenI will be brief... Being an old school Saturday Morning Monster Theater guy I prepared myself to not expect the honoring of certain nostalgia regarding Godzilla, but to my surprise the upticks where impressive. The human story could have been shorten with more action between the main character and the supporting monster cast. Expand
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RazorEyeJul 2, 2014
There's something most of us Godzilla fans have been patiently waiting for for a long time: a good Godzilla film made by Hollywood. With this sweeping epic, however, that wait is finally over. Godzilla brings new life into the GodzillaThere's something most of us Godzilla fans have been patiently waiting for for a long time: a good Godzilla film made by Hollywood. With this sweeping epic, however, that wait is finally over. Godzilla brings new life into the Godzilla franchise with a violent fibrillation shock to the heart. Finally sweeping Roland Emmerich's disastrous attempt under the bed, Godzilla delivers not only a thrilling, engaging and emotionally invested film, it brings along that sense of shock and awe that most monster movies don't with cinematography and special effects that bring movies like Transformers down to their knees. Backed by an enriched and powerful story packaged with a script evidently written by truly devoted people and an unpredictable sequence of events that always gets you pondering about the next thing that might happen, Godzilla is a delight for movie-goers and blockbuster sightseers alike.

Without a doubt, Godzilla is one hell of a film. Guaranteed to get your heart pounding throughout the 2 hour run-time of the film, the team at Legendary Pictures has successfully pulled off a grand spectacle for western audiences to enjoy greatly.
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