My youngest daughter Rebecca went with me yesterday evening to watch the new Godzilla movie? The verdict. Well as someone who grew up watching the old Godzilla movies, I walked away from Sunday's showing mostly impressed. A few hits and misses include:
Hit - The fact that Godzilla was (more or less) the "good guy". That's how the old movies were, and it was nice to see that bit of homage being paid.
Miss - The human characters. There was enough acting to be distracting from watching the monsters, but not enough to really get to know the characters. I guess compromises had to be made. but if I had to choose, I'd say more monsters, less humans.
Hit - The effects. Simply great...with some obvious nods to the old Japanese movies, but updated to modern mega-movie spectacle status. Also, unlike the Transformer movies, you could actually keep track of the action sequences.
Miss - Not enough monster fighting. The real monster battle occurred at the end, but prior to that there were teases of Godzilla fighting the flying monster. I don't like being teased.
Hit - The final battle was more or less pretty cool. How Godzilla dispatched the final monster was way, way cool. Epic cool.
This was worth the money I spent for the two tickets. I did see the 3D version of the film, but that's kind of a waste for me, as I don't really "see" 3D effects all that well. No bother, as I think Rebecca enjoyed it.
Go see Godzilla if you, as a kid, used to watch the old movies on TV. It's worth the trip back in time.