“Franchise Retrospective: Godzilla (2014)”

One of my most anticipated films of 2017 is being released Friday, Kong: Skull Island. A little while back we were told that this Kong film is in the same universe as the 2014 Godzilla. It’s a pleasant surprise to most fans, but some may not know this information as of now. Going to the theater and learning that a Kong v Godzilla film will be coming would be a Split level surprise. So, let’s talk about that 2014 Godzilla flick.

This is a divisive film to say the least. Some say it takes a really long time to get going. Others will say that they appreciate the build up, and when Godzilla shows up it means something. That’s more where I am with it. Director Gareth Edwards does a brilliant job of letting the anticipation climb to a crescendo in the third act. Edwards directs this action perfectly. Godzilla vs the other monsters is a helluva sight to behold. Its triumphant, and just a badass moment. Godzilla literally saves humanity in this film, and just goes away. Watching the King of Monsters walk back into the water was so heroic after being left laying due to the fight with the Kaiju. It’s one of my favorite moments in a monster movie.

Other than Godzilla, there isn’t much here to write home about. In the marketing they pushed Bryan Cranston as front and center. If you’ve seen it, you know that isn’t the case. It’s mainly Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Ken Watanabe’s film. Taylor-Johnson is a bit wooden but has his moments towards the latter half when things start to get crazy. I really enjoyed Watanabe’s performance. He brings so much legitimacy to every film. The hear he has for Godzilla and the other monsters really comes through. For the time that Cranston is in the film, he’s solid. There’s good father son chemistry with Taylor-Johnson.

You don’t go to a Godzilla film for the characters or acting. You’re there for the King of Monsters. Does this film deliver in its Godzilla fight scenes? Absolutely. Are you going to remember anything other than that? No. That’s what I expected, and that’s what I expect from Kong: Skull Island. As long as Kong is kicking ass I don’t care about the humans around him. Get to Godzilla, get to Kong and lets deliver on the massive fight scenes that come with this territory.

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