Godzilla is a monster of a monster movie. It’s big. It’s huge. It’s massive. It’s epic. It’s all of these things and any other word synonymous to gigantic and titanic. I truly, truly, truly enjoyed myself in the cinema and I really urge you to see it in a cinema with a large, clear screen and a really good sound system. 3D IMAX for best results but an Atmos theatre wouldn’t be so bad either.
My review for Godzilla is here: Godzilla: Epic Proportions, Epic Cool.
I knew I was going to like it, I just wasn’t expecting to like it so much. I loved Monsters by Gareth Edwards and when I heard that he was doing Godzilla, I knew that it was a good match. But he exceeded my expectations. He went beyond anything I could have ever hoped for.
I am also glad to see Elizabeth Olsen in a big-budget mainstream film so when I talk about her, I don’t have to say, “Have you seen Liberal Arts? Or Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene?” Now I can just say, she was the one in Godzilla and people would know. Surely, though, when she plays Scarlet Witch in the next Avengers movie, people would know her. But I can say I fell in love with her way before then.
And Sally Hawkins! She blew me away in Blue Jasmine and now she’s here for everyone to see. It’s always great to see Aaron Taylor-Johnson in any film, especially one where they give him so many close-ups, but this is not his shining moment. He’s always so different in each role from Kick-Ass to Anna Karenina to Savages and he’s very different here. He just doesn’t really bring it, for me, in this role. But it’s okay. The real star is Godzilla and he’s just awesome.
The big breakout star here is Gareth Edwards, who I am so sure we’ll see more of in the future.
Watch it, I urge you if this is your kind of movie. It’s one of the best of its genre right now.