Godzilla is a 2014 American monster film directed by Gareth Edwards and a reboot of Toho's Godzilla franchise.
It is the 30th film in the Godzilla franchise, the first film in Legendary's MonsterVerse, and the second Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio, the first being the 1998 film of the same name. It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.
In 1999, the Janjira nuclear plant was mysteriously destroyed with most hands lost, including supervisor Joe Brody's wife, Sandra. Years later, Joe's son, Ford, a US Navy ordnance disposal officer, must go to Japan to help his estranged father who obsessively searches for the truth behind the Janjira incident. In doing so, father and son discover the disaster's secret cause. This enables them to witness the reawakening of a terrible threat to all of Humanity, which is made all the worse with a second secret revival elsewhere. Against this cataclysm, the only hope for the world may be Godzilla, but the challenge for the King of the Monsters will be great, even as Humanity struggles to understand the destructive ally they have.
Why it Rocks
- When Godzilla is seen for the first time, it gets moviegoers, critics and fans either excited, terrified, or both.
- Spectacular special effects for the Kaijus (Japanese for "strange beast").
- Really good acting, especially from Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe and Bryan Cranston.
- Awesome moments throughout the movie, the best example being when Godzilla kills the female MUTO by blasting his Atomic Breath down her throat.
- It proved that Hollywood could make a good Godzilla movie after the infamous 1998 film of the same name, which received negative reviews from critics and made fans angry after Roland Emmerich revealed that he hated Godzilla. One IMAX marquee even claimed that the 2014 film had "100% less Matthew Broderick" (who was seen as one of the 1998 movie's worst aspects).
- Good story.
- The fight scenes with Godzilla and the MUTOs got massive praise from everyone.
- Godzilla has a really cool design, same can be said with the MUTOs.
- It's success inspired Toho to bring Godzilla back, starting with Shin Godzilla then followed by the anime trilogy, and they will be moving with a new Kaiju shared universe.
- The fight scenes of Godzilla and the MUTOs are only shown for a few minutes, with the film focusing mostly on the humans.
- Godzilla's new roar sounds nothing like his trademark roar.
- The trailers were rather misleading, showing Godzilla as the film's antagonist like in the original 1954 film, but the movie portrays him as the hero who battles the MUTOs.
- Bryan Cranston was plastered by some promotions as the main lead actor, when he is really a minor character and the real leading actor is Aaron Taylor-Johnson.