Godzilla (2014) – King of Monsters


In this reboot of the Godzilla franchise, much closer in resemblance to the series created by Toho Co. Ltd., we watch the King of Monsters pit against a massive unidentified terrestrial organism (MUTO) born out of abuse of radioactive chemicals in humankind’s quest to rule the world. As a reaction to such human cockiness, a destructive, hybrid of a terrestrial crawler and a sky sailing ave comes to existence and that could only mean that human existence in itself is at stake. It’s either them or us. Then again, let’s not ignore the role of Mother Nature. Using the truest adage, Nature evens everything out, Godzilla appears out of this chaos to eliminate the MUTO, and when it comes to knowledge that there’s not one but two of them out there, we’re set for an enthralling finale—a double bonanza, it’s Superhero Gojira vs. the Evil forces of human garbage. It’s show time, baby!

For a grand Hollywood fanatical movie, Godzilla is a damn impressive tale of human cockiness. Although, it’s filmed in a generic summer blockbuster format, Godzilla has the leverage to push the entrance of our main attraction, Gojira, as further possible despite not losing audience attention and interest. The first hour of the movie goes into building for the grand climax. In any other case, it would have had us in a maze of boredom, but knowing what to expect and the, by now, mystical and mythological charm of Godzilla, it keeps us anticipating the eventual entry of the showstopper. When it does make its heavyweight entrance, I felt like cheering for the unlikely hero, or villain, or antihero, or even antivillian, whatever seems appropriate. This mystical unsegregated characteristic of Gojira makes it appealing and a fantastic way to conclude the movie, with the King of Monsters fighting against other monsters, and humans—as tiny as ants—left to sit there is awe at the mercy of Nature’s calling.

Gareth Edwards, known for his Sci-fi thriller Monsters (2010), takes this reboot further than his predecessor Roland Emmerich managed in 1998, which is commendable for Edwards as he gives a new twist to this otherwise usual Hollywood summer blockbuster, only this time showing Gojira in a positive light as it’s been shown many times in Japan already. I did find the involvement of American military and the surge of the superpower a bit whimsical and regular, if you will. Nonetheless, when you look at the theme of this reboot, it almost seems justified that a superpower called America is dwarfed, bewildered by the children of Nature that is neither in control of the most sophisticated militia in the world nor comprehensible to the nation that makes other nations seem petite, like tiny dots. Here we have—three gigantic forces of Nature born out of human indulgence making a mockery out of human beings, human abilities.

With the staggering visuals dwarfing us even more, if the incredible creatures alone weren’t enough, Godzilla does what Hollywood does best—give us a visual treat and dazzle us with all the possibilities. Many times, it doesn’t work. In this case, too, it’s not perfect, or proverbial, but it’s something you’d want to experience once, even though the story is the same, the build-up—albeit enhanced—are the usual humans in peril, and the climax is an all-out exhibition of larger than life super extravaganza. Would it have worked if the legend of Gojira weren’t present in the movie? I doubt it. The iconic creature does much to get a hold of audience imagination and it’s only due to this creature, we were able to give screenwriter Max Borenstein the respect and time he expected before getting into the juice of the story. At one point, it feels like watching a hi-fi TV series in light of the detailed build-up and the deliberate motion in which the writers opt before exploding the bomb and when it does, the action is relentless—total non-stop action.

The mighty ticket prices aside, I’d recommend this movie. I doubt you’d take the sentiment away after it’s over, but it’s always nice to sit back, pop the corn, and enjoy watching one of the most popular brands unfold and make you giddy with the overwhelming effects, almost monstrous in its own right, and witness the destruction of a haven by our little Lizard. A much better indulgence than similar movies that have come out this year, Godzilla isn’t pitch perfect and the makers stretch the cradle as much as they could capitalizing on the brand value. Despite its storytelling ennui and the same old feeling it’s bound to inject into the viewer, Godzilla, in an almost right kind of manner, holds on to you and entertains you. And that’s all we seek from these types of movies, right? Arguably yes. Enjoy watching this beast stomp the city, swash monsters, devastate surroundings, if only to protect life and Nature—if only to do what Nature sent it to do. It is Gojira!


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