I have been excited for this movie since I viewed one of the trailers. I must admit that I am not a huge fan of the Godzilla films, but this one piqued my interest. After finally seeing a glimpse of the beast in the trailer, I was pumped up. I also enjoyed seeing the frightening trailer that made Godzilla look more like foe than hero like he has been seen before. After seeing the film, I thought that it was a great build-up for the monster, but yet also a great message on environment and nature.
The government already knows about Godzilla within the film. The government lied about the dropping of nuclear bombs in the 1950’s, claiming it was preparing itself for war with the Soviets, when in actuality they were trying to kill Godzilla within the ocean. The government also still dropped nukes on land, which will come to have repercussions. In current times, a Janjira, Japan nuclear plant has a giant monster under their hold as they are testing the biology of the monstrous being. The plant feed the beast with amounts of radiation, but they do not realize that it is causing it to become more powerful. The being eventually breaks free and is able to fly. Also, it can power down anything around it. The beast from within the sea, Godzilla, begins to make his presence known as he heads towards to Hawaii to tackle this winged creature. The creature is searching for radiation to consume and the government is figuring out that the creature is communicating with another one and it is not Godzilla. The other creature is winged as well, but quite smaller and is discovered to be the male. The bigger one happens to be the female. The government figures out that all three monsters will converge near San Francisco and decides to bring two nuclear warheads to the area to try to kill all three beasts. The plan fails as one of the winged creatures eats one of the warheads. The other warhead is taken by one of the creatures in the Pacific Ocean after the military activates it and its timing mechanism. The winged creatures take the remaining warhead underground and plan to use it to feed the offspring spores that the female has placed in their underground catacombs. The government decide to listen to Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and let Godzilla fight the two beasts as Godzilla can bring back balance to the force of nature and save the city. While Godzilla fights the two beasts, the military goes to seize the warhead and to take it out on the ocean for it to explode far away from the city. Godzilla wins his duel with the two beasts, while the bomb explodes out of the city’s reach. Godzilla is seen as a being of good after saving the city.
The plot takes off very slowly and rises to a climatic, exciting fight between Godzilla and the winged creatures. The film begins by trying to convince the viewer that Godzilla is a possible threat to humans, but as the film goes along, there are small clues that are given to show that Godzilla is on the side of the humans. The winged creatures does not hesitate to attack humans when they are in the way of stopping the creatures from trying to obtain the warheads. Godzilla is completely different from the creatures. For example, during the scene where the winged creatures gain the last warhead, Godzilla is there, but the military attacks him due to their fear of him. Godzilla never retaliates against the military and takes the punishment that they give him. Godzilla is a symbol of patience and how humans should act. The winged creatures reflect our negation of our land by absorbing the radiation that we have created and using it to attack us.
All of the performances were great, though the characters are relatively minor as they are getting us from plot point to plot point. The characters are not of upmost importance, except maybe for Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s character, Ford. Ford destroys the underground pods underground that contain the female winged creature’s spawn and gets the boat containing the nuke on the move. Otherwise, Ford does not speak much and is just there, except for the moments mentioned above. The best performance is Bryan Cranston, who plays Joe Brody. Two particular emotional scenes show Cranston’s range and he shines in them. The scene where Joe has to close the door on his wife and her crew as a mist of radiation over takes them is deeply saddening and Cranston makes the scene touching as he cries as this is the last time that his character will ever see his wife. The interrogation scene that involves Joe is great, as Cranston gets extremely angry in his portrayal as he knows that the Janjira plant is up to no good and blames them for his wife’s death. Sadly though, Joe is not in the film long as he dies from a critical injury. After Joe’s death, none of the actors and their characters are relatively exciting as Cranston was with his. Luckily, Godzilla is the object of this film and it makes up for it.
Godzilla is a good film, especially if one is going into it to behold the spectacle that is Godzilla. Seeing Godzilla on the big screen is quite exhilarating–for the time in which he is onscreen. He is not on there a lot, but when he is…it is quite amazing. Maybe he will get more screen time in the sequel…there will probably be one since it raked in almost ninety-five million dollars. If someone wants to watch this film for a study on the characters, then they might want to pass. The characters are there to speak for what Godzilla’s intentions may be, but they are not exciting or memorable. If a person enjoys science fiction or monster movies, then this is worth seeing in theaters.