Movie Review: ‘Godzilla’ is the Best Action Movie Since ‘Jaws’ [Video]

The highly-anticipated ‘Godzilla’ is back on the big screen.

The world’s most famous monster is back, in a remake directed by British filmmaker Gareth Edwards, who won critical acclaim for his low-budget 2010 flick, “Monsters.” The new “Godzille” stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Juliette Binoche, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Straithairn and Sally Hawkins.

The new version tries to fill the the franchise with more, critics say the result is mostly successful, with fine performances and visually striking effects. The film has already received 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.

“This is the ‘Godzilla’ fans have been waiting for, and any other big budget summer action flick will be hard-pressed to equal the fun.” — Tony Hicks, San Jose Mercury News.

However, some critics claims that  the entire cast is out-shined onscreen by the monstrous lizard, even though Godzilla makes very few and far between appearances, the monster is most certainly the only reason to go see the movie.

“The problem is that Godzilla gets bogged down in the middle of the film by characters you just never feel 100% invested in, ” says Kisten Acuna of Business Insider.

“‘Godzilla’ is one of those generic, omnipresent blockbusters that’s undone by the very spectacle it strives to dazzle us with: Everything is so gargantuan, so momentous, that nothing has any weight.” — Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice.

Nevertheless, Andrew O’hehir in his review for Salon, called the movie “one of the most intriguing big-budget breakthrough films since Steven Spielberg made “Jaws.” This is a movie of tremendous visual daring, magnificent special-effects work and surprising moral gravity.”

Bryan Cranston plays Joe Brody, an American scientist overseeing a nuclear power plant in Japan in the late 1990s. After the death of his wife Sandra, played by Juliette Binoche, he becomes a wild-eyed conspiracy theorist, trying desperately to prove that the official explanation for the disaster is a smoke screen, but, of course, nobody listens to Brody was right all along.

Fifteen year later, Joe’s son, Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who is naval officer and a bomb-defusing specialist, realizes his father was right — a terrifying giant insect parasite called MUTO — short for Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism — has been causing the tremors, and only one giant lizard can stop it.

The film’s script has an interesting spin which, if discussed in detail, would be a spoiler and rob all the magic. It would be enough to say that this film is not about humans hunting down Godzilla the sea monster. Rather, a clever yet simple twist of plot idea ensures Godzilla actually becomes a hero for humans, protecting the world from doom.

Juliette Binoche and Elizabeth Olsen play the concerned wives of Joe and Ford, and the film also features Ken Watanabe, David Straithairn and Sally Hawkins as scientific and military types whose job it is stand, stare and shout when needed.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson tries to prove that he’s action-hero material, hunky yet smart, sensitive and self-sacrificing. Then there’s Ken Watanabe and Oscar-nominated Sally Hawkins who play scientist sidekicks; however, both feel like two glorified extras re-emerging every so often to tell us something about the monster.

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