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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Godzilla: King of Monsters

What: Movie Review
Who: Godzilla
When: May 2014
Why: 50th Anniversary of the Beloved Monsters

This weekend at the movies you really only have one choice of what's new to see, and that's that big lizard monster everyone loves: Godzilla. He's back, and this time, he's not just fighting the military like he did in that 1998 film. He's finally fighting against other monsters: the Muto creatures, which are basically huge giant pterodactyls. 
For the most part, the film is satisfying, relying heavily on Godzilla's appearance, but at least this one has enough guts in it to back it up. Godzilla looks absolutely incredible in this film, and it's of course the highlight of the movie. And of course, why shouldn't it be? He looks a hundred times better in this version than the 1998 film, and of course, he's much bigger as well. The scales, fins, and head on the monster is stunning, and he looks just like you'd imagine Godzilla to look like. 
The special effects in this film is nothing short of amazing. Indie director Gareth Edwards, known for his other work Monsters, sure knows how to do some epic monster scenes, both with the Mutos and Godzilla. The last part of the film is a knock out and highly fun to watch.
However, it's the first part that lacks and drags the movie down as a hole. The director tries to create tension and hype up the moments that lead up to the great monster attacks and scenes, but ultimately its somewhat boring and you really don't care about any of the human characters, except maybe the main army guy.
The plot and human characters in this story could have been done alot better, but who are we kidding? Godzilla is the highlight of this movie, which was done because of the monster's 50th anniversary.
And he shines. Godzilla fans won't be disappointed, especially when you hear that guy roar! You may be cheering him on by the end of the movie yourself.
In that retrospect, the 2014 Godzilla is an entertaining movie because of the special effects and scenes of epic destruction. It does bring new life to a franchise that was more or less killed off at the end of the 90s, and may bring hope to the king of monsters yet.


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