Movie Review -- 'Godzilla' is the First GREAT Blockbuster of 2014
Posted by Matthew Deery on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Matthew Deery / May 16, 2014 Comment
rendition. The Matthew Broderick flick was awful in nearly every regard, doing the classic monster tale zero justice. Hence, a remake was definitely warranted. Thankfully, in the capable hands of Gareth Edwards, this 2014 version of Godzilla was a triumph of story, suspense, characters, visuals, action, and of course, the big monster himself. The film kicks off in the past, laying groundwork for the Godzilla legend. Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and his wife work at a nuclear facility in Japan that is destroyed by an unknown force. Years later, Brody is convinced the story of "nuclear meltdown" is not actually the case -- he suspects something more nefarious. His son Ford (Aaron Johnson), all grown up now, sets off to Japan to try to reel his father back into "reality." But soon, both father and son discover there is something big coming on the horizon, a secret no government can keep quarantined. Quickly, I should also note that I saw Godzilla at the ICON Theaters in St. Louis Park on Dolby ATMOS. I've referenced the vastly superior audio exhibition in the past, and I have to say this presentation made the action and Godzilla himself a much more visceral experience. There are only two Twin Cities theaters with ATMOS installed -- ICON and Marcus Theaters in Oakdale. I highly recommend a viewing on one of those two screens -- you will not be disappointed. Overall, this was without a doubt the most gratifying blockbuster I've seen in 2014 (Noah is a close second) -- with all the disappointment lately, Captain America 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it was such a relief to walk out of one of these press screenings with the notion that I could write a positive review (I was getting nervous I was becoming an old curmudgeon-type critic). The story lays a good foundation early for the monster action to come later. There is plenty of excitement, heartache and thrills along the way. I highly recommend audiences get out and support Godzilla.