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.