Isn't it about time America got Godzilla right? Remaking a huge franchise while also trying to maintain a level of credibility with fans is a difficult thing. The Godzilla atmosphere and mood are incredibly important and have been lacking in every adaptation since the original. That being said, this new film gets that right for the first time.
The characters are very well thought out, which is the second most important thing next to creature design. While there are many convinces that take these characters through the story, the movie-goer should keep in mind that this is a Godzilla movie, of course there's going to be some silliness. They did a great job in keeping the characters and the creature on a level playing field. Neither one overshadows the other and is constantly identifiable. The performances by Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and the always incredible Bryan Cranston are easily the highlight of the over two hour run-time. It's notable that Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will be sharing the screen for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. This film demonstrates the two younger actors chemistry and proves they will be a good addition to the already Stellar Avengers cast.
The creature design is great. While some circles are complaining about the size and overall beefiness of Godzilla, it's something to be expected. The expectations for this Godzilla film are enormous and the designers are being pulled in multiple directions. The idea is to have a Godzilla worth putting on the big screen again and that is flawlessly achieved. One way or another it's worth the ticket money. The film also prevents a lot of the problems faced by films like Transformers and Man of Steel. The destruction and creature violence never seems like sensory overload and leaves you wanting more. The good news is the sequel is officially in progress as well as a Gamera film that has been long awaited. It seems that in the future the big budget monster movie will be a summer staple.
Godzilla gets a four out of five stars and encourage the regular movie-goer to give it a chance.