I saw the new Godzilla movie last weekend … finally. I wanted to make sure and see it in the movie theaters before it left the big screen for the ocean of little streaming ones. First, my one word review is …
You need to know that I love Godzilla. My love for Godzilla is unconditional. He might cause a tsunami while coming up out of the ocean that destroys Hawaii, he might accidentally knock down three skyscrapers after tripping over a Prius, and apparently he has developed nasty blue nuclear fire breath that can decapitate stupid ginormous moth monsters, but regardless of all that … he’s not a monster …
He’s a Bro … He is Brozilla.
He is Brozilla to me and all the Kool Kidzillas.
I went into the movie fully expecting them to continue the horrible stigmatization narrative that Matthew Whatshisname’s Godzilla movie back in the ’90′s started. Given that earlier movie’s characterization, I thought Godzilla was going to be the very destructive, very hungry, hermaphroditic symbol of the confusion obfuscating the dialog surrounding our existential precariousness over irresponsible use of nuclear resources … once again.
BUT noooooo… this movie was different! It was a modern throw back to the Godzilla of my youth! It was delightful! You know…
All the running and screaming.
- And more running and screaming.
- All the completely impossible survival skills of anyone or anything cute in the movie.
- All the recognizable structures being completely destroyed and displacing millions of people, and yet you are still cheering for a full on Mothmonstersomething tackle!
- All thehugeantic plot holes that just don’t really matter, because … come on… did you really come to see this movie for a plot?
- All the plot you need is this: RAWWWRRR! Stomp STOMP stomp STOMP!!! DOUBLE RAWRRR FOR DOUBLE TIME!!!! CRASH!!! KABOOOM!!! RAWWWWRRRRAARrrarraAAARRR! and lots of big crowds running for their lives as the monsters throw down …
- Then there is the main Japanese wise elder character who can’t shake his awe inspired stupor. He was so “OMGodzilla!” through the entire movie.
- Then, you know … more running and screaming … YAY the dog survives! … the tsunami … wait … #forgetlogic
- The main hero character that somehow gets to stare down every single monster (yes there is more than one… HA! #spoiler) …eyeball to eyeball … and live. He also has a Bro moment with Brozilla where you know … you just knnnnooowww… they connected on a transcendent their “destinies are entwined” Bro level.
- There is of course the ignorant know-it-all authority figure that just doesn’t understand Bro… I mean Godzilla’s … true nature.
- And all of humanity gaining a new mile high, very scaly, and not exactly graceful on his feet friend.
Technically, I thought the movie did a good job. I loved that even though there had to be a ton of CGI filling the screen, it still seemed a bit of a throwback to the Godzilla movies I grew up with. There were a few times I thought the clumsy dude in a rubber suit had made a comeback! Seriously, I felt nostalgic several times and nearly cheered with the delight of my inner 10 year old with Godzilla’s first big roar.
It’s not exactly a “deep” movie but it is entertaining if you like these kind of rock ‘em sock ‘em type of monster movies. It is formulaic in line with the older movies. That said, it’s a formula I love.
Of course there is monster on monster, add another monster, violence. There are tough scenes of people screaming and running for their lives. Some of course get stomped and you know a lot of people don’t survive. That said, there wasn’t any “gore” and if there was any cussing, I don’t remember it. There wasn’t any gratuitous nudity or anything like that either.
The moral of the story for this movie is:
If a deep-sea pod monster baby attached itself to your nuclear reactor, and then starts *eating* the nuclear material for *nourishment*, go ahead and call Orkin to clear out the pest before the pod monster baby has the ability to go all EMP blast on us. Just do it, I love Brozilla but we don’t need all that monster drama and fried circuitry.
If you haven’t seen the movie, I would recommend it; preferably in a theater or someplace with good surround sound. Here is the trailer.