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Godzilla 2014

Posted: October 30, 2014 in Movie Reviews
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I’ve been thinking for a while which movie to review first, and I was led to Godzilla. This is the start of the blog known as Fictional Planet.  After doing research on criticism, movie reviews and developing my own style I am happy to announce the formal beginning of this blog.  I will be aiming to update it every day or every other day to help readers get a feel for my style and catch up with movies.  I may eventually start updating every week, but that will be once the blog is established.

You know, it’s interesting.  I was never one for Godzilla.  It was only recently I started talking to a die-hard Godzilla fan did I take a second look at the decades-old nuclear-iguana-thing.  For a while he just seemed weird to me because of how awkwardly he moved in the old movies – yes, I know they are old, but it just seemed very awkward to me.  Not that looks are everything (especially in regards to old movies) but it just seemed like nobody ever brought Godzilla into recent times.  It always basically kept me from Godzilla or ever becoming interested in him.  So, you might say this has been my first serious taste of Godzilla.

I think I made him angry.  He’s also yelling “Spoilers ahead.”

But in reality, the movie presented itself a little bit differently than other monster movies I’ve seen mostly because Godzilla was going after the MUTOs. and humans were going after Godzilla just for being a tsunami-causing-nuclear-dinosaurthing.  I’ll admit how he was built up was appropriate, but you know I’m going to say what everyone else did about Godzilla’s humans. They were pretty flat.  I didn’t find them engaging.  And…

More Bryan Cranston.

That’s right.

The son, in my opinion, didn’t do Bryan Cranston’s character literally any justice.  He came off as a pissed off son because his dad seemingly was mentally deranged due to being obsessed with a possibly mythical creature that he linked to killing his wife.  Both of them had more potential to be developed, if you ask me, and Cranston died way too early.  They could’ve actually used Cranston to make various statements about government, secrecy and a host of other topics much like Captain America: The Winter Soldier made various political statements (even though, Captain America is honestly a guy in a suit, fighting other guys in other suits, and some guy with those really cool wings..).
Not to mention, various women were blatantly stereotypical – using the barely-developed wife as a means to get Bryan Cranston’s character utterly obsessed with Godzilla, the son’s wife stereotypically being a nurse (and stereotypically sympathizing with her father-in-law), and the son himself fitting stereotype via his military, “tough guy” attitude, etc.  Overall, to me, I saw a whole lot of stereotypes within the characters.  Even if you argue characters cannot be developed too much because it’s a monster movie, there were stereotypes weaving the character’s cores.  I’m not one for stereotypes, mostly because if stereotype should fit me I should not be watching Godzilla at all.

As I mentioned, the plot was interesting instead of the usual humans VS. monster-thing, but I think that more Godzilla could have been shown at the end of the movie (especially considering, at the time, they weren’t planning a sequel).  Not in the middle of the movie, simply because that just let it build up to the moment Godzilla reached MUTOs and unleashed his real rage.  I actually agree with Godzilla not doing much until the ending of the film, simply because we seem to think animals that are prehistoric (or look that way) or endangered as uncontrolled and uncalculated.  Godzilla was very calculated.  He was like a Komodo Dragon meets a crocodile meets a dinosaur (which are actually truly very smart and evolutionary advantageous) meets fiction and it’s vast possibilities.  He’s smart, cunning, but still an animal.  Of course, humans still stereotypically fear him because we don’t understand him, but that’s more of a statement on nature than stereotype; there were also various obvious statements about how nature balances itself out, and we don’t exactly need to blow everything up to try to “balance it out”.  I also think the ending was incredibly cheesy and a testament to the horribly developed human characters that so wonderfully graced Godzilla’s screen.  (Yeah, it’s sarcasm.)

On the other upside, Godzilla sold me on watching one of his movies.  He looked like an animal and acted like an animal – a smart animal.

It was a while ago I watched the movie, so I may be missing a few things, but these things stood out in my mind.  I’d need to re-watch if I’m going to get everything.