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"Godzilla" (2014) and how it could have been better - Cinema Shelf
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“Godzilla” (2014) and how it could have been better

“Godzilla” is a movie that I have talked about a bunch with friends. Between the friends who love the movie simply because they love every movie that has ever had a building get destroyed by a giant animal, and the other group of friends that hate every movie that has ever come out, I have heard about every side of why this movie is great and why this movie sucks.

To start off I’d like to say that I almost enjoyed this movie, very much sense of the word “almost” that we kept ALMOST seeing Godzilla fight these monsters in an awesome monster battle.

This movie is not good, and I believe that’s a pretty universally shared feeling among people who, you know, have taste. So here’s some thoughts on what happened, and how it could have been better.

Who is to blame?

Most people jump to the director when a movie is bad. And in most ways it is alright to do that because it makes sense this movie came from Gareth Edwards. But I think the word blame is to negative a word for this. If you haven’t seen his movie “Monsters” that came out in 2010 then you need to, because that movie is great! Mainly because it succeeds in the parts that Godzilla fails.

The real issue is that Gareth Edwards made the same concept work in “Monsters” that was attempted in “Godzilla”, but that was because he HAD to. When you have a $500,000 budget, you can’t make crazy giant monsters and make them look great! Thus, you have to have true character development and build actual attachment to the characters.

Making “Godzilla” mostly about humans would have worked had the actors had anything else other than flat traits. Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays the unluckiest human being ever to have lived, and also the most talented human being to have ever lived. Elizabeth Olsen plays his wife in the movie and literally runs, cries, and misses phone calls the entire film. If these characters had been given the time they needed to develop (or any development at all), like Gareth Edwards did with the characters in “Monsters”, then the lack of Godzilla fights may have been justified.

Though, even still, I want an insanely awesome fight at the end. Gareth Edwards may have failed at character development, but we could have at least gotten like 10 straight awesome minutes of Godzilla fighting. Instead we get snippets of Godzilla fighting on the TV (which seemed like an amazing fight by the way), and some crazy moments that they cut away from.

Overall, I’d say that “Godzilla” attempted something interesting. But when your budget exceeds $160,000,000, then we NEED more Godzilla body slamming monsters.

I’d give it a 3.5 out of 10. Add a 10 minute Godzilla fight scene that makes me yell like I’m at a football game and I will give it a 7 out of 10.


Article by: Travis Thomas

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