“Godzilla” is our childhood. There are three things I remember most when talking about Japan in my cynical view. The first was “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. I freaking love this franchise. The second was “Chouseishin Gransazer”, one of the best tokusatsu superheroes in my opinion. And lastly, this familiar terrifying T-Rex-like monster. As with those who love this giant monster from Japan, this series debuted in the 1950s. Until then, “Godzilla” made its own success for the Kaiju movie series. And of course, Hollywood.
Previously, the Hollywood version of “Godzilla” made its debut in 1998. Directed by Roland Emmerich, unfortunately, the film received a lot of criticism from fans of the series or changes. The movie occurred both in terms of story and design. A fierce battle also occurred when Emmerich parodied the ridiculous parody of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. Even though it exists, it’s not the right thing to take this decision. Now, by taking themes and styles directly from Japanese origin, another version of “Godzilla” released. A fierce battle will also occur when Godzilla and King Kong meet in one place in 2020.
It begins with a visit by researchers, Ken Watanabe as Ishiro Serizawa with Sally Hawkins as Vivienne Graham, to the Philippines. The country had previously experienced a deep landslide suddenly in the mining area. Further traced, they found a giant cocoon residing in the avalanche. Shortly after the discovery, there was an unnatural earthquake activity in Janjira, Japan. This activity caused landslides around the area and caused the area to become isolated due to nuclear radiation.
15 years later, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ford Brody, one of the residents of Janjira, managed to evacuate and survived the danger. He has lived and married in peace. His father, Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody, was the supervisor of the nuclear area. He is still looking for the real cause of this unnatural fourth activity. He assured his son that the incident wasn’t caused by an earthquake.
Joe’s prediction was right and because of that, a monster named MUTO rose from the cocoon found by Serizawa in the Philippines. MUTOs began to move again after fifteen years. At the same time, these monsters began to threaten the existence of humanity and living things on Earth. Being impossible and hopeless there was no one who could fight it, Serizawa was sure that there was one creature capable of fighting it.
In “Godzilla”, directed by Gareth Edwards, many were disappointed after they saw the film’s teaser and trailer. This film has a basic element that takes the original series from the old Japanese version. Including the monster design and the distinctive so noisy yet amazing roar. Seeing how this giant monster fought with MUTOs, the destruction resulted in no loss. Horror and terror arose around these residents. On the other hand, MUTOs appeared in all kinds of cities they visited.
The first act is good with the introduction of a great character, such as deep Bryan Cranston. However, he only appeared at the first act while the second act was filled with the various shallow and slow-paced plot. Apart from this movie “Godzilla”, which is the title itself, Godzilla’s fight with MUTOs is only at the peak of the film’s end. The movie gives quite high expectations because there aren’t too many portions throughout the film. The storyline and the development of human character could be said to be strong enough to support the emotional side.
“Godzilla” gave a magical touch from Godzilla’s fight in the final minutes with a lot of CGI. Regardless, I don’t know why Hollywood’s kaiju movies are always set at night including “Pacific Rim” as well. But, the climax of the last minutes, let me tell you, was so worthy to your times. But, the cinematography of the soldiers who jumped in the air is so well-established shot. By watching this film, “Godzilla” is able to give a classic and refreshing vibe from a modern monster film.
3 out of 5 stars.