The king of all monsters gets a reboot with this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production helmed by Gareth Edwards, who gained critical attention with his intimate twist on the giant-creature genre with his feature-film debut, Monsters. Frank Darabont (The Mist) and Max Borenstein provide the script. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence
Genres: Creature Film, Sci-Fi Action, Science Fiction
Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is filled with top level acting talent. So much so that Juliette Binoche stops by for a cup of coffee and is gone before you notice it. Bryan Cranston is there, makes an impression, and is gone. Then there’s Ken Watannabe and David Strathairn looking stern and concerned for the majority of their screen time. Throw in Aaron, is his voice really still cracking, Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen for good measure and you have a lot of recognizable faces who really don’t matter in the grand scheme of this film. This film is name Godzilla for a reason after all. Edwards, shooting a visually beautiful film, shows a level of restraint that’s rare for big budget blockbuster. His slow reveal of the titular monster is like watching a monster mash version of a burlesque show, lots of tease before the payoff. The human stories are clichéd but interesting enough to keep you entertained in between some massive set pieces that feel fresh but familiar. The monster on monster action, which includes destroying some fun vacation spots, is top notch with excellent CGI throughout especially Godzilla himself. Some of the battles do lose a tad bit of their luster since Pacific Rim ran through some similar sequences but there are plenty of moments which are filled singular Godzilla greatness that’ll bring a gleeful smile to anyone raised on the original films. Be sure to watch it on a massive theater screen.