The Movie: 6/10
Big bugs and lizards, yes. The bigger the better. I am thrilled to live in a time when we can have motion pictures that tell a story with images that can convince my brain that what I’m seeing is “real” enough to have some fun. There are a few instances of lameness, let’s be honest. The jumping forward in time, skipping very large elements of the story to get us where we need to be, well, it’s choppy but tolerable. We don’t get the origin story of how Godzilla and other giant creatures actually exist, just a quick overview. I don’t mind the way they put it together actually. The big dudes already existed, pardon me, dudes and gals, existed already and we are just unlucky enough to wake them up. We don’t know they exist though, which brings up one of those lame things that are hard to accept. How can these have existed just under the surface here and there, bottom of the ocean or wherever, but we just happened upon them and then the shit hits the fan. Fair enough, it’s a monster flick so I won’t be so picky.
There is that “Nature Rules” aspect, which I also appreciate. They are animals/insects and all they want to do is reproduce, and survive. They don’t give a shit about anything in their way, which is how it actually is in nature most of the time. Humans take this stuff way to personally. If nature is out to destroy us, why is Godzilla coming around to fight the nasty bugs? Ohhh watch the movie to find out.
I did have a good time with this one. It’s kind of dark and sad at times, of course. It’s a sign of the times, the twist toward a more grounded type of style. The last Godzilla movie starring Ferris Bueller was also a showcase of that era’s vibe with its humor element mixed with world-wide destruction and death. Nowadays we like to mix more grunge with our destruction, which is a good thing.
I don’t mind the cast, but to be perfectly honest anyone could be traded out and I wouldn’t mind. The special effects, of course, are pretty darn excellent. Godzilla and his sparring partners all look totally real in the world. I wish it was more in the daylight, but I understand. Here’s the main thing, I don’t need to be very impressed when you give me giant anything in movies. No, he’s not as big as advertised on the box, but he’s pretty friggin’ big, and I can deal with that. More big, more big, Hollywood, are you reading this? Twitter me if you are.
It made me want to watch old Godzilla movies, which is a good thing. They are on Netflix, and look like a great project for my October creature/beast/blood movie fest.
- Operation: Lucky Dragon – Basically the opening montage of the movie without the credits that ruin some of the images. A very cool vintage style featurette.
- Monarch: The M.U.T.O File – A modern fake propaganda style featurette that tells you all about the events leading up to the movie.
- The Godzilla Revelation – A TV documentary that feels so real if aliens landed and this is what they found they would believe Giant Monsters were really here.
- Godzilla: Force Of Nature – The meat and potatoes of the extras on the disc. This 19 minute featurette goes through the making of the movie. There are lots of interviews with Gareth Edwards and the producers of the movie. A fascinating glimpse into how they brought Godzilla to life.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
The cover got me excited, the scale of our beloved Godzilla won me over, and then I saw the movie. Sadly it doesn’t live up to the image they chose to share with us to SUCK US IN!! I would not have this as a poster. The menu is fine, a still image, nothing major.
Audio & Video: 9/10
For an extremely dark movie Warner’s 1080P AVC encode does a wonderful job of keeping everything visible. Fleshtones are incredibly accurate and fine detail shows in even the darkest shots. The first half of the movie before the EMP hits gives you more detail, the second half is incredibly dark so make sure you have those contrast/brightness settings dialed in.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track is quite simply one of the best the Blu-Ray format has ever produced. From the astounding LFE effects to the subtle and dynamic surround mix everything here is faultless. One of the more memorable scenes where the M.U.T.O goes underneath the bridge with the two soldiers on top is refrence material that will make the hairs on your neck stand up. Speech is centered, crisp and clean and always clear. Godzilla is quite simply a pleasure to listen to.
Overall Score 7/10