We Read Every Review of The New ‘Godzilla’ Movie So You Didn’t Have To. Here’s The Verdict…

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Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla” co-stars Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ken Watanabe who fight for their lives against the terrifying mega-lizard known as…God-zilla. However, the latest addition to the 60-year-old franchise film harbors mixed reviews. The overall consensus: 3/4 Stars. After studying this load of reviews, I can say that you might…or might not be disappointed and that will all depend on how much you like the original and how open you are to innovation. I’m sure younger generations will thrive off the new rendition of the film, while an older crowd waits a little longer to react. If anything like me, you’ll leave out the theater saying “Eh,” before walking off and hold back from ever tweeting about it. The Warner Bros. release is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence. If you make it to sit through the 123 minute film, be sure to let us know in the comment section below. Here’s what everyone else is saying…

Entertainment Weekly: “Unfortunately, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla feels like two movies Scotch-taped together. In one, Bryan Cranston plays a nuclear engineer with a tragic past who’s racing to expose the truth about a series of seismic anomalies, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is his estranged soldier son, and Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins are a pair of exposition-spouting scientists trying to keep straight faces while talking about electromagnetic pulses and mankind’s hubris. In the other, mammoth CG beasts knock the snot out of one another. Only one of these movies is any good. Thankfully, it’s the monster one.” … B-

NYPost: “‘Godzilla’ climaxes in a welter of expertly staged monster-on-monster action that honors the memory of Ishiro Honda’s 1954 classic Godzilla debut (and its numerous sequels) far more effectively than did Roland Emmerich’s jokey 1998 reboot…The second half of Godzilla is definitely more fun than the first part of a film I enjoyed overall, if less than last year’s similar dip into giant monster blockbusterdom, “Pacific Rim.

HuffingtonPost: “Honoring the eerie music of the original, this film’s score by Alexandre Desplat (“Argo”) is equally menacing, rich with horns that complement the consistently serious tone of the movie….While the predictable sequel has not yet been confirmed, one thing is clear: Edwards’ version of “Godzilla” remains the ultimate monster movie. The legacy has been upheld.

RottenTomatoes: “With just enough human drama to anchor the sweeping spectacle of giant monsters smashing everything in sight, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla satisfyingly restores the franchise’s fire-breathing glory.” 6.6./10

MovieFone: “It’s Nothing Like the 1998 ‘Godzilla.’


NYDailyNews: “This “Godzilla” nods to that first film, then adds needlessly complicated twists. Like the ’98 remake, credits show Eisenhower-era atomic blasts near the Bikini Atoll — and stop reading now if you want a bit of mystery.”

RollingStone: “It would take an insomniac to wade through all these plot complications without dozing. The actors are top-tier, but they over-emote to sell a human drama that never rises above soap opera. Cranston deserves better than a script that confuses hysterics with breaking bad.

WashingtonPost: “Fortunately, the monsters are actually kind of a kick. And isn’t that why you go to see a movie like this anyway?” …1.2 Stars

MTVNews: “‘Godzilla,’ the 2014 version from relative newcomer Gareth Edwards, is just about as good as a big fat summer tentpole movie gets these days. It’s fun, scary and awe-inspiring in just the right places. Some of the acting is dull and the dialogue isn’t exactly dripping with nuance, but these concerns are secondary. The set pieces are marvelous, the special effects are terrific and great care has gone into keeping the visual storytelling fresh.

CNN: “Godzilla is humanity’s only hope for destroying the MUTOs. Or as Watanabe’s Dr. Serizawa says, ”Let them fight!” And fight they do, in an epic clash that turns the Bay Area to rubble. Unlike last year’s disappointing Pacific Rim, Godzilla actually shows us its monsters without a scrim of rain and a cloak of darkness. And the thrill of the film is getting the chance to fetishize their sheer size and physicality as they rip through power lines and demolish buildings with their lashing tails. In its handful of moments like these, “Godzilla” almost makes you feel like a kid again.” Grade: B-

TIME: “Edwards’ Godzilla dawdles toward its Doomsday climax; the movie could win a prize for Least Stuff Happening in the First Two-Thirds of an Action Film… It’s a concept lacking a magnetic story, a package without a product.

New York Times:“The soul of “Godzilla,” to the extent that it has one, dwells with the monsters. Not only with the great, angry lizard, but also with the pair of insectlike Mosura (evocative of Mothra, Godzilla’s historic nemesis) that are causing most of the trouble. These sleek and scary creatures eat ICBMs like Tic Tacs and are preparing to meet up in San Francisco to spawn. Godzilla’s job is to spoil the romance.”

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