FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Yes, it is Tuesday. It is not Friday and I know this, but I did watch a movie on Friday and I am going to call it this nevertheless! Anyway, the movie I saw is called “Godzilla” (the 2014 one) which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (The Illusionist, Kick-Ass), Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Oldboy), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Total Recall ), Ken Watanabe (Inception, Batman Begins), Carson Bolde, Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Dan in Real Life), and of course Godzilla playing himself. This movie is a remake of whichever “Godzilla” movie was made; I mean there are so many of them. The beginning of the film takes place in 1999 when a nuclear power plant in Japan is suddenly destroyed. Among the people who died is Joe Brody’s (Cranston) wife and colleague, Sandra (Binoche). Many years later, we find Joe’s son, Ford (Taylor-Johnson), who is a US Navy ordnance disposal officer, going to Japan to get his father out of lockup for going in the radiation zone where their old house and the power plant were before the incident. After talking with his father, Ford is convinced to go into the radiation zone with him and discover some awful truths after finding things in the wreckage from long ago. They are taken to a facility because of what Joe knows and they see what has been kept from the public for so long: a gigantic monster. And no this isn’t Godzilla. He comes in later.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! TREAD LIGHTLY AT YOUR OWN RISK!!
If I were to put this movie in words, I would say that it let me down. The story overall was okay, but I thought it would be better (I will explain in the cons). The acting, action scenes, and special effects were what really held up the score for this movie. I thought that in some ways the story was good because it put me on the edge for most of the film. The beginning was awesome. Then we reached about the forty-five minute mark where it started to dip. After the middle left and the ending came, the movie found its pace and finished strong. The cons that I want to mention that made the story fall short was that they promoted this to me making me feel like Bryan Cranston was the main character and I really wanted to see it after the trailer because I was like “Walter White (or Hal) against Godzilla. Who would not see this movie?” But sadly, he died almost at the forty-five minute mark, which not only shocked me, but turned me off from the movie for a while because of how they advertised the acting differently from what it was made out to be. Don’t get me wrong, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a good actor, but they made him to look like a wing man to Cranston in the trailer. Like I said, the movie lost its rhythm in the middle which is another con because the story became bland, making it uninteresting for a while. Other than those cons, this movie turned out average. I wouldn’t call it burnt because it did pick up pace and for what scenes Cranston was in were great. Also it was awesome to watch Godzilla fight off the other monsters!!!FINAL SCORE: 75%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer:
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