I had described this film as “glorious” on a few occasions to my friends. As it ended, the film left me with a smile and wanting for more (in a good way).
I had no expectations heading into this film, barely taking note of the trailer and avoided reviews. This probably helped me like the film more.
The film certainly takes its time to build up to the debut of the titular character, or the “Alpha Predator”, as the film calls it. The wait was worth it, as my jaw dropped when Godzilla emerged out of the shadows and declared his presence with a menacing roar.
The epic set pieces and action sequences, particularly those featuring the giant beast, are reminiscent of the fights from “Pacific Rim.” The movements of the combatants appear slow on screen but that precisely adds gravitas to the scene; each impact reverberates through the theater and the audience echoes the tension.
The casting was decent, although I would have liked to see more of Bryan Cranston. Amazing special effects and adrenaline-filled battle scenes aside, the film does commit one of the bigger sins of story-telling, and the movie suffers from it.
Nevertheless, “Godzilla” definitely surprised me and blew me away, and it is the perfect way to open the summer movie season (sorry, Captain America, April openings don’t count).