Fifteen years after the destruction of a nuclear power plant, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) is convinced that the government is attempting to hide something from the general public in the now radioactive location. When breaking in with his son, Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) in an attempt to discover what's really going on, they unleash a 60 year old, radioactive monster that's been living in the ocean: Godzilla.
As a fan of the classic Godzilla movies I am proud to say that this was the best film yet. This new Godzilla remake/sequel/who the hell knows, is far from perfect, but with incredible special effects, jaw dropping fight scenes and an intriguing human storyline it made for one of the best, if not the best Godzilla film we've had so far. The film has one obvious flaw that I will get into late, but once the film is completed it was more than satisfying and exceeded my expectations by a long shot.
Godzilla looks incredible in the film. In December of last year The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released into cinemas and Smaug, the dragon in the film, was one of the best CGI creations of all time. It has been nearly half a year and Smaug has already got major competition. This new Godzilla isn't clay and he isn't a man in a suit, but he is going to send us back to the stone age (Thanks Walter White). And yikes is he awesome.
The cast do well, but Bryan Cranston predictablly stands out. Bryan Cranston is literally one of the finest actors we have working today. In every performance he's given he is absolutely amazing, the TV show Breaking Bad in particular. While the rest of the cast do fine, none of them feeling forced or average, Cranston steals every scene he's in and I could tell this would be the case just from watching the trailer. From Drive to Argo to Breaking Bad and now to Godzilla, this man won't ever stop giving us emotional, raw and just damn good performances.
The cinematography and direction were surprisingly amazing. When you go into a Godzilla movie you never really expect much from it besides two hours of awesome, but this new film was so much more. Fresh off his last film 'Monsters', Gareth Edwards brings a refreshing take on the classic monster with sublime direction and captivating cinematography. Not to mention the film actually gets quite scary at many moments throughout. Damn, put that on the poster!
My only major flaw with the film is we didn't get to see much of Godzilla fighting. The film continuously sets up these massive fight scenes or scenes of mass destruction and just as they begin to get going it cuts away to a different scene after the actual event. This did help to add to our suspense, but we've already been teased throughout all the trailers so I was disappointed. It wasn't until the third act when we really got to see Godzilla get going and boy was it worth it. The final battle of the movie was cheer worthy, as many of the people in the cinema were doing.
To sum up, Godzilla is definitely the finest Godzilla movie we've ever had. The film is a refreshing take on the monster with sublime direction, captivating cinematography, brilliant performances, incredible CGI and LOTS of suspense.