Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Godzilla - 哥吉拉

Godzilla (哥吉拉) is an 2014 film. The movie stars Godzilla! The supporting cast include Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston. The movie's Godzilla is based on the Japanese character of the same name. You may call this an US reboot.

The story starts in 1999 when a couple of scientist visit a mine in the Philippines to discover two chrysalises. The cave was wrapped around what appears to be a large dinosaur skeleton. At the same time, 1999, in Japan, a nuclear plant explosion is triggered and kills some people. Fast forward 15 years to the present day, the same plant in Japan becomes active again to reveal a giant monster with wings that seems indestructible by modern weapons. They figured out that the winged monster is a male on its way to mate with the female monster. They are set to converge upon San Francisco. Godzilla appears to try to take them down. To restore order to the world.

This movie held on to suspense as long as possible. The movie was presented as both an action film and as great acting. In general, the acting was pretty spot on and very very believable. The "secrets" were kept to a minimum and we felt like we were along for the ride. I didn't think Aaron Taylor-Johnson's role would be as big as it was, but it was on par with Godzilla himself.

As a popcorn movie, I might not have liked. But as a rental in the comfortable surroundings of home, it was a good watch. I grew up watching terrible English dubbed Godzilla movies and the Thanksgiving marathons. This did not bring that nostalgia feeling back. But its ok, the recent Japanese Godzilla movies have not had success in bringing back those nostalgic feelings.

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