Let me say up front that I enjoyed Godzilla. The movie rolled along at a decent pace and had a few good visual scenes. And I think the creators did a decent job of bridging the classic feel of the Godzilla movies with modern movie making. That being said, I thought the movie fell way short of being awesome. This is a GODZILLA. I don’t want a good movie. I want a, “Holy cow did you just see what Godzilla did?” I got that feeling exactly once.
I would agree with what many Japanese critics are saying, that Godzilla looks a little too – how to say this politely – bulky. I’m not saying I want a Roland Emmerich Godzilla, which was svelte by comparison, but this Godzilla is a little too plodding.
I wasn’t impressed with the Godzilla fight scenes. I felt like the action took place from too far away. We never got up close and personal and felt like we were in the fight. Also, they didn’t do anything to make me want to root for Godzilla. I think they should have taken a lesson from Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong and made us feel more connected with the beast. I didn’t get any of that in this movie.
Lastly, the human characters in the story were a total waste. I didn’t care about any of them either. Take for instance Elle, the wife of the main character, she had a decent amount of screen time but didn’t do anything to advance the plot. She was never heroic, or in need of being saved, nothing. Her character could have been completely removed from the story without losing anything.
One good thing about Godzilla, it made me like Pacific Rim that much more.