I always take a peek at rottentomatoes.com to see how the “professional” critics and the audience like a movie. It’s always interesting to me when there is such a disparity as there is with this movie (40% by the critics and 89% by the audience). Are the critics really out of touch? Did the critics forget about enjoyment when watching a movie? I mean… nobody goes to a Godzilla movie to watch Oscar-worthy acting. They go there to watch monsters…. period. The humans are almost irrelevant. This movie was extremely fun to watch and that’s what counts, so it gets 4 Icees out of 5.
I guess I should throw in a disclaimer that I have always been a huge Godzilla fan, and so perhaps my point of view is tainted. However, if that’s the case then 89% of the audience who posted their rating on rottentomatoes are also Godzilla fans because we all seemed to really like it!
One of the big criticisms that the 2014 Godzilla movie received is that there wasn’t enough of the big guy. Well, that’s not a problem here. You will get to see a lot of Godzilla and Ghidorah (with a new pronunciation than I don’t remember from the old movies). I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see as much from some of the others, but oh well, it’s Godzilla’s movie and as long as we get to see more of him, it’s all good. Also, I think that the humans still have too much airtime, but maybe that’s just me. There are a ton more scenes with monsters in it than in the previous movie, and that’s a good thing!
I wonder if they would ever consider letting humans be in the first 10 minutes and then nothing but monsters after that? Probably not, but the human plot is not nearly as bad as the professional critics would have you believe. Is it VERY corny in spots, yep… but that’s a Godzilla movie’s forte. But even so, it’s actually not too bad and provides some narrative, backstory and of course a lesson that I won’t spoil for you (the old movies were Japan’s way to warn the world about nuclear weapons just 20 years after WWII).
Speaking of humans, coming back from the last Godzilla movie are Ken Watanabe (Dr. Serizawa) and Sally Hawkins (Dr. Vivienne Graham) but other than that the cast is new. My favorite performance was given by Kyle Chandler (although it is a little over the top… but hey, it’s a Godzilla movie, remember?). Also, Bradley Whitford is hilarious with his one-liners. My least favorite was Vera Farmiga. I just didn’t find her performance believeable. The young actress that plays Madison Russell (Milly Bobby Brown from Stranger Things) was up and down in her acting. In some spots she was really good, and in some spots she was not good at all. Hopefully as she gets older she will improve.
Now, to talk about the real stars. The CGI team did an awesome job on the monsters. Their structure, movement and actions were awesome and their fight scenes seemed pretty realistic. Well, as realistic as an imaginary creature could be I guess. This is true especially for Ghidorah during the fight scenes. I do think it is funny (minor credits spoiler) that in the credits they list the monsters being played by “Himself” or “Herself”.
It’s no secret that there will be a Kong V. Godzilla movie out (scheduled for 2020) and I’m looking forward to it. As long as the monster fights are like this one, keep ’em coming!
There are things during the credits that are difficult to fully read… can’t wait to have the 4k and pause to read them, and a full scene after the credits.