One of my co-writers on this blog wrote a nice little review that told me ahead of time whether I would like this film or not. I don't think we have agreed on a movie ever and since he liked it I figured I would hate it. Truthfully I stayed away from any review including this one but was not surprised by his reactions to the movie. I, on the other hand, claimed early on that Godzilla was the film of the year for me and it was the one I was looking forward to the most. A friend who saw it Friday had some issues with the lack of Godzilla in the film and I was fine with this because I did not want to see wall to wall Godzilla. I wanted to see human characters and their interaction with this walking disaster called Godzilla. I knew this would not be as fun of a film as Pacific Rim and since my co-writer, Harvey the Pooka, hates fun films, that would certainly be in Godzilla's favor.
I finally saw this movie today and absolutely loved how Godzilla was slowly introduced into the film with a few glimpses here and there. Perfect. But wait a minute, something is still not right here.
|Hey, it's Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch|
Speaking of MUTOs, even they have more screen time and I would argue were the main monsters in this film. The film was told from the human perspective based on what the MUTOs caused and were doing. Godzilla had a true cameo for sure. He has a supporting part in his own film. Count the minutes and I think the MUTOs are in it twice as long as Godzilla. How can this be a good decision?
I was all in on Godzilla appearing right at the end for the final battle but even that battle was short and hard to see. We constantly cut between the battle to soldiers transporting a nuke then to Olsen's character running down a street and then back to the battle.
Godzilla is a hero and toward the end of the film he was treated as such, as he should be. But his truncated screen time really does not allow enough build up for this. At one point he is stabbed and a building falls on him. He looks defeated but saves the day in the end. Allow us to see Godzilla do more than this so we can get to know him. We know the MUTOs' motivation in all this, that is made clear but Godzilla is just there. My viewing audience did not cheer for Godzilla. I even heard laughing at the newcast claiming Godzilla saved the day.
Some of the best films of all time downplay the 'monster' until toward the end of the film. Alien, Jaws and the original Godzilla keep the monster mostly hidden from sight until toward the end BUT their presence is there early on. Their threat keeps the story tense and moving to that highly sought after climax of appearance and resolution. Godzilla's presence was downplayed. Only Ken Watanabe's character (Dr. Serizawa) tried to give the audiences some mythology and back story to Godzilla but not enough.
|Godzilla is happy with this idea!!!|