Godzilla

Godzilla

Godzilla

Radioactive giant Godzilla storms into cinemas after nearly 30 Japanese films and two prior American versions. Excitingly, this is from director Gareth Edwards - his second film after the excellent Monsters (2010).

The diverse cast includes Kick-Ass' Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche. Co-writer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) has said the film will present Godzilla as "a terrifying force of nature", and on the story's arc said: "There is a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It’s not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It’s different, it’s a different set of circumstances than you’re used to seeing."

2014Rating: M, Science fiction themes and violence123 minsUSA
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Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

Reinstating Godzilla as a creature of stature and awe, this fresh Hollywood take on Japan’s iconic atomic monster may not be perfect but shows that getting overexcited about Pacific Rim was a mistake. I’m sorry, ok? Some may not be happy that Godzilla keeps the monster pummelling to a minimum, but by presenting much of the film from our puny perspective, Godzilla avoids exposing the harsh truth that watching CGI creatures beat each other up has limited entertainment value.

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Variety

Variety

Edwards seems to have miscalculated our investment in his cast.

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Total Film

Total Film

That rare breed of blockbuster that emphasises character over spectacle and slow-burn tension over relentless action sequences.

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Time Out

Time Out

A bit more human drama wouldn’t have gone amiss.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

One of the pleasures the movie offers is the thought that actors who have done splendid work elsewhere are being paid well for shouting, grimacing and spouting expository claptrap.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Gareth Edwards's big-budget B-movie lacks a human face.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

On a second try, Hollywood does the behemoth justice. Almost.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

This Godzilla stomps but very rarely romps.

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