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Godzilla (2014) A Powerful Cinematic Achievement

May 17, 2014

When you think about franchises like Godzilla, it comes with certain expectations. Though there were many ways to approach a new Godzilla film, this film decided to take an approach that leads to something closer to reality than has ever been seen in previous movies. I don’t claim to be an expert on what it means to create a Godzilla film. I haven’t seen very many of the movies in the series. But what I do know, is that this film succeeds at creating an engrossing world.

This version of “Godzilla” avoids any attempt to modernize it to fit within the current action movie framework. It could have been an incoherent mess caused by quick cuts and editing. Thankfully, the movie is easy to follow and yet artfully executed. It felt many times as if I was watching “Jurassic Park” for the first time. The film has that classic approach that allows for the major focus of the film to occasionally be presented in the background while still keeping the focus on it.

Alexandre Desplat wrote a fantastic dark orchestral soundtrack for “Godzilla” that blends together elements of Ligeti’s Requiem and Japanese instruments to create a musical palate that fits the film perfectly. Desplat’s Godzilla theme has the perfect amount of majestic flair to fit the great monster while the action music matches the frantic emergency facing so many people during moments of ultimate destruction.

Though there have been many complaints about certain characters failing to capture attention as much as they should, I found all of the characters to fit well within the story as presented. Though Aaron Taylor-Johnson isn’t the most capable actor for the role here, he didn’t seem to me to miss the mark significantly at any time. Through the combination of long shots for the action and larger-than-life spectacle presented masterfully, “Godzilla” succeeds at bringing the classic franchise to a new generation of viewers. This is one film you will have a hard time looking away from.


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