Arguably there are truly two kings of the monsters. King Kong and Godzilla. And both have been remade, reimagined and redone countless times. The latest incarnation of Godzilla is from director Gareth Edwards who made waves in 2010 with his innovative low budget monster flick appropriate titled Monsters. He covers much of that same territory in his incarnation of Godzilla but to what result?
Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) lost his wife in 1999 when the Janjira nuclear plant in Japan was mysteriously destroyed and classified as a natural disaster. Years later Joe’s son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is called to Japan when his Dad is arrested for trespassing into the quarantine zone around the site of the disaster. But Joe is convinced something else is responsible for the tragedy and they are about to find out first hand when a giant creature emerges from the site and goes on a rampage throughout Japan. And only something as big and monstrous can stop it.
When I saw Godzilla in the theatre I left underwhelmed and disappointed. This was mainly due to the fact that there is not a lot of Godzilla in the movie. In a two hour movie the hero monster has just over 10 minutes of screen time. You still lots of monsters and destruction thanks to two other monsters, but I was left feeling a little ripped off. Now that I have rewatched the film at home with expectations in check I enjoyed it much more. Edwards crafts a nicely paced thriller with good performances and when the monster stuff does happen it is awesome. And the Godzilla scenes, sparse as they are, are phenomenal. The only issue that still remains for me is the casting of Taylor-Johnson. I like the actor but in this he didn’t seem to have the charisma to carry the whole film; I would have liked to see someone more substantial in the role. That being said I did enjoy the film much more this time around and would wholeheartly recommend it to anyone as long as they don’t go in with the expectation that it will be a movie with Godzilla wreaking havoc for two hours. Edwards promises much more monster action in the upcoming sequel and now you can bet I will be there for it.
The Blu-ray is phenomenal and just what you would hope for. Great picture with a booming and immersive audio track, this one will give your system plenty to do for two hours. A solid action thriller with a great payoff at the end, Godzilla is recommended for sure.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.