Godzilla (2014) Movie Review: Godzilla is the good guy!

Godzilla (2014) Movie Review: Godzilla is the good guy!

The classic monster Godzilla which first made his appearance in Ishiro Honda’s film of the same name in 1954 has been brought back to life to hit screens yet again, sixty years later. Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Aaron Taylor Johnson as Lieutenant Ford Brody, Ken Wantanabe as Dr. Serizawa, Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody and Godzilla as himself this movie is definitely action packed and full of thrills one would expect from of anything involving giant reptilian monsters.

This movie is rather unique because (spoilers) there are three monsters (Godzilla being one of them) and Godzilla’s the good guy.  The only flaw in the otherwise good movie as the fact that if you think long and hard about it, the protagonist (Lt. Ford Brody) affects absolutely nothing in the story and has no affect on the final outcome of the film. The special effects are excellent although the movie takes a while to start making sense Godzilla himself is only shown after a good twenty minutes.

The basic plot of the story is that a breeding pair of giant monsters have matured after feeding on nuclear radiation for several years and are running amok in Japan and the US, the military is powerless to stop them because the creatures generate electromagnetic pulses which disable all electronic equipment (missiles, planes, ships etc) the monsters need to be stopped before their offspring are born and the only one who can stop them is Godzilla and not Ford Brody despite the amount of screen time he gets.   This movie could have been a lot better had they focused more on Godzilla but it’s still good enough to watch at least twice. It’s been 16 years since the last Godzilla movie hit theatres and this movies seems to have been worth the wait. Godzilla has been part of popular culture for sixty years and this movie does justice to his legacy.

  • Jeremy Norris

    Horrible review. How can you say Lt. Ford “affects absolutely nothing”? Did you not see how he caused the explosion that killed the MUTOS offspring while also distracting the MUTOS (while they were kicking Godzilla’s a** in the process)?

  • trevor

    that was the most epic movie review i have ever read in my entire life

  • Richard Jefferies

    He did affect the outcome by lighting the MUTOS’s babies on fire, distracting the mother. That being said, it would have been better if he hadn’t, in my opinion. I’m a fan of eldritch horror. I liked that the monsters played out their ancient hunter/prey dichotomy with complete indifference to the ant like creatures that clutter their earthly stomping grounds.

  • chprice01

    The movie was not about Godzilla. He had a very small role. The movie was more about Ford and the Mutos. I paid to see a Godzilla movie but he wasn’t the main character. Helll, he wasn’t even the best supporting character. I left feeling very disappointed and let down.

  • Derp

    Yet he was so delicate shrugging off those boats rather than rearing up and tipping them over. Wish he showed the civilians as much consideration when he first arrived.

  • Derp

    He also sends the nuclear weapon out to sea before it blows up.

  • Archon Crypt

    I loved the Flame ( Blue light ) that Godzilla had. I wonder why he didn’t use it in the first place. Maybe he wanted to use it in desperate times

  • Richard Fastfingers Arntzen

    The fact that Brody have little or no impact on the outcome is what makes this a GOOD story.
    The japanese scientist DID say something about the arrogance of man, thinking they can control nature… The fact that THIS is much larger than “men” is in fact one of the “uppers” in this one ;)