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The Buzz:

        Really? Do I have to write something here? [EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, you do] It's fucking Godzilla! If you can't already guess at what this movie's general theme is then you mustn't be old enough to see a movie like this. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Point taken]

 

Life of the Party:

        It's rare these days to find a film that causes the theater audience to burst into cheers and applause while watching it. When I went and saw Godzilla in IMAX 3D at the early showing, this happened no less than five times!

        But where to start? I'll start with the fact that, unlike pretty much every other Godzilla title out there, Godzilla actually has a proper plot and characters! Rather than just being a series of wide-shots of Godzilla doing...whatever he does in the film (all I'll say to this is that many scenes from the trailers were edited to not tip you off as to what's happening in the film, and I won't spoil it here) for two hours, the story is told from the perspective of our human characters.   There's a lot of street-level action, leaving us in the dark much of the time as to what exactly is happening at any given moment, which serves to heighten the tension of the film. The end result is a monster film where you actually care what happens to the human characters, maybe even more so than the titular King of the Monsters.

        Anyone who's spoken with me in any great length about special effects in films knows that I'm about the pickiest damn person in the world about CGI and animation effects. And I'm happy to say that the visuals in Godzilla are spectacular! You can tell the folks behind the scenes put some real effort into giving this film an almost hyper-real look and feel. As a minor point, I found it really cool how the creature design for Godzilla himself was an incredibly believable take on the classic rubber-suit design, rather than the mega-T-Rex design we had in that 1998 film. The homage to the old Toho classic was a nice touch that I couldn't help but appreciate every time it appeared on screen. And I wish I could go into the action scenes in any amount of detail, but doing so would force me to spoil what the trailers were edited to not show you. So all I'll say is that they're amazing. It's not a bunch of shaky cam and confusing "camera" work, nor is it some high-speed high-adrenaline hyper-fast action. They're much more lumbering and gigantic than what we're used to these days; it may sound like a negative, but I assure you it's not! It fits so well (and again, I really wish I could talk more about this without spoiling things) that it's almost awe-inspring.

        Really I could go on for another several paragraphs, but by now you've probably got the point. Godzilla is a very human giant-monster movie (I'm...not sure that makes sense, but it's the best I got) [EDITOR'S NOTE: If that's the best you got...we need to talk] that, at least in my case, will meet and exceed your expectations. If you've had even a passing fancy is seeing Godzilla, you owe it to yourself to see it. And I cannot help but highly recommend you do so in IMAX 3D, for pretty much the exact same reasons I go into in my Pacific Rim review.

 

The military's effectiveness in this film ranges between "We're boned" and "Oh man we're SO boned" for the most part

Potential Hangovers:

        Much like in that aforementioned review, my only disappointment in Godzilla is that knowledge that once it's out of theaters, my chances of seeing it in IMAX 3D again are somewhere between slim and none. It was such a visceral experience that to watch this movie in any other way, while good, maybe even great, can never quite rival what I saw tonight. So I'll say it again, go see Godzilla on the big screen, in 3D. Because once it's moved on, it'll never quite be the same again.

 

Surprisingly, while Cranston's role here is more involved than in the Total Recall reboot, it's not by much...

The Vibe: Casual Gathering

        When this film hits the home-theaters of the world, it'll be best served with a group of friends and a smattering of drinks. Maybe a little long for a movie-event night (touch over two hours of runtime, before they invariably add the "Director's Cut" content or some such), but on its own should make for a night's entertainment quite easily. You do need to pay at least some attention to what's going on, so heavy drinking/large groups would not be recommended.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Pretty much goddamn everything

- Pretty much goddamn nothing

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