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About the Movie
In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world's most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 296
- Fresh: 220
- Rotten: 76
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: We're here to see the film's leading lizard, who is pretty gorgeously realized by an army of digitizers, even if he seems just a bit-player in his own movie for the first hour or so.
Rotten: The beasts just want to have fun, but the gravest letdown in Edwards's film is that, most of the time, he fends off the chance to have fun himself.
Fresh: Every time Edwards' Godzilla rears up, you stiffen with excitement. Every time he roars, Edwards wants you to feel it and wince.
Fresh: There's something rather heartening about the fact that Warner Brothers was prepared to hand over the reins of a stonking great blockbuster (and, lets face it, a potential money-spinning franchise) to a sophomore director.
Decent, but could be better.
Gareth Edwards and his team breathe life into Godzilla and his monstrous opponents like never before. It’s a shame that he then proceeds to hide them behind one of the most inane and generic protagonists imaginable. Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Ford Brody is a glorified extra who shoves more interesting characters and the monsters themselves into the margins of the film so that the movie can continue to focus on the cookie-cutter plot of him trying to reunite with his wife and son in an imperiled San Francisco. Ken Watanabe’s Dr. Serizawa or Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody would have made much more interesting and engaging leads, resulting in a movie that could have been great, but instead merely sits at passable with a great deal of wasted potential.
Absolutly spectacular movie. The CGI was the best ive seen in a very long time. Godzilla is in one word a "boss"
A Godzilla Fan's Dream Come True
This is the best depiction of Godzilla I've ever seen. The pacing and cinematography beautifully ramp up the tension as you wait for the larger than life presense of Godzilla. The director, Gareth Edwards, knows exactly how to tease our excitement, nod respectfully to the originals, and also infuse a little humor into what is honestly a totally ridiculous premise., But we don't care. Because this Godzilla is real emotionally and visually. The actors deliver better-than-expected performances to what are usually token roles.
The story slowly progresses until we get our first full view of Godzilla about half way through the movie. It is truly worth the wait, and if you didn't see it on the big screen, you missed something great. By the time the inevitable final battle is over, you will have witnessed a truly epic atomic smackdown.
The inevitable comparison has been made to Pacific Rim, which was a very comic-book stylized movie. This is heavily influenced by Steven Spielberg. The most common complaints I've heard about this movie are that Godzilla and Bryan Cranston are not in it enough. All that tells me is that people liked what they saw and wanted more, which is exactly why there is going to be a sequel!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2014
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