Godzilla

A mutated dinosaur saves the world from an alien invasion.
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature
United States
Japan
2014
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Giant Film
Animals: 
Bat
Dinosaur
Imaginary
Insects: 
Larva
Babies: 
Fetus
Newborn
Catastrophes: 
Accident
Apocalypse
Biohazard
Collapse
Crash
Earthquake
Explosion
Fire
Infestation
War
Flood
Giant: 
Kaiju
Behemoth
Infected: 
Irradiated
Screenplay: 
Story: 
Franchise Sequel
Franchise Remake
6
A huge block buster!
8
5.04
7.04
8
2
4
2
Effects
Pace
Photography
This is the 31st Godzilla movie, give or take, and the second time Americans make it their own. Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version was unfaithful, horrendous and insulted the die-hard fan. While the 2014 version isn't fun, funny or cheesy, it captures essences from all three Godzilla series. It introduces a new creature with a backstory and M.O. that feel pertinent and part of the collection.
It is as serious as the early Showa era (1954-1975), goes for photorealism, texture and barely lit monsters à la Heisei (1984-1995), then gives purpose and emotions to combat-ready protagonists reminiscent of those introduced in the Millenium series (1999-2004). This is the most dramatic, well made and well shot Godzilla to date. The actors are the best they've been, too.
It is a slow burn that teases you by only showing bits and pieces of the monsters. Most scenes are dark, rainy or cloudy. All is unleashed in the third act and then no punch is pulled. Godzilla’s 3D mesh is somewhat animated like a man in a suit and is a proportionate design. While his classic marches are nowhere to be found, his atomic breath is put to good use and his legendary growl returns!
Alternate Titles: 
Godzilla 31
Gareth Edwards' Godzilla
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