Godzilla

Godzilla

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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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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Edwards seems to have miscalculated our investment in his cast.

0
Total Film

Total Film

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

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

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

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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

2.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This Godzilla stomps but very rarely romps.

3.0
0

Godzilla has all the qualities a summer blockbluster needs. Stunning CGI, fantastic action sequences, and an epic, climatic battle. But Godzilla stumbles in that it takes itself way too seriously, sucking the fun right out of what should be a really fun film, it's about a giant lizard for goodness sake. Also the heart of this film seems to have been ripped...

3.0
0

The new Godzilla reboot is a hugely entertaining and spectacular blockbuster epic. The story focuses more on the human characters than the monster himself. Godzilla stars a talented group of actors. Bryan Cranston's small amount of screen time is disappointing, but his performance is excellent as Joe Brody, the scientist ignored after warning everyone that...

4.0
0

I like the way Godzilla was portrayed in this movie. There was a reason for all the destruction he caused - he definitely leveled the playing field and allowed humanity to remain as the dominant species. I liked the performance of Bryan Cranston - he was intense and tormented. I feel dissatisfied with the role they gave Ken Watanabe as Dr. Daisuke...

4.0
0

Well worth the current hype and works far beyond the monster movie genre. Edwards has made a movie of uncommon beauty and fragility. The quiet scenes on the bridge just before the train wreck and the 'point of view" parachute jump through the clouds into the city were superb....worth admission price alone - and we paid Imax prices :) cast are adequate...

0

Great movie and very entertaining, worth the bucks and time to watch it on the massive screen as he is massive.

4.0
0

Godzilla was very entertaining. It was a rather spooky, and I'm glad Godzilla was treated like a monster, not an animal. The trailer was full of dark and creepy elements, and this is exactly what the film's about. You get what you're expecting in the sense that there's a huge monster destroying everything it sees, but there was a lot of unexpected suspense.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Edwards seems to have miscalculated our investment in his cast.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This Godzilla stomps but very rarely romps.

3.0
0

Godzilla has all the qualities a summer blockbluster needs. Stunning CGI, fantastic action sequences, and an epic, climatic battle. But Godzilla stumbles in that it takes itself way too seriously, sucking the fun right out of what should be a really fun film, it's about a giant lizard for goodness sake. Also the heart of this film seems to have been...

3.0
0

The new Godzilla reboot is a hugely entertaining and spectacular blockbuster epic. The story focuses more on the human characters than the monster himself. Godzilla stars a talented group of actors. Bryan Cranston's small amount of screen time is disappointing, but his performance is excellent as Joe Brody, the scientist ignored after warning everyone...

4.0
0

I like the way Godzilla was portrayed in this movie. There was a reason for all the destruction he caused - he definitely leveled the playing field and allowed humanity to remain as the dominant species. I liked the performance of Bryan Cranston - he was intense and tormented. I feel dissatisfied with the role they gave Ken Watanabe as Dr. Daisuke...

4.0
0

Well worth the current hype and works far beyond the monster movie genre. Edwards has made a movie of uncommon beauty and fragility. The quiet scenes on the bridge just before the train wreck and the 'point of view" parachute jump through the clouds into the city were superb....worth admission price alone - and we paid Imax prices :) cast are adequate...

0

Great movie and very entertaining, worth the bucks and time to watch it on the massive screen as he is massive.

4.0
0

Godzilla was very entertaining. It was a rather spooky, and I'm glad Godzilla was treated like a monster, not an animal. The trailer was full of dark and creepy elements, and this is exactly what the film's about. You get what you're expecting in the sense that there's a huge monster destroying everything it sees, but there was a lot of unexpected suspense.

4.0
0