My son and I saw the new Godzilla movie earlier in the week. We loved it. The new sci-fi film reminded me of the old Godzilla movies. It’s certainly more faithful to the old films than the 1998 Godzilla movie that starred Matthew Broderick. I think people who grew up on the old Godzilla movies will like this version better. The story is more interesting and it has the same feel as the old Godzilla movies. Godzilla (Warner Bros. Pictures) opens today at a theater near you. Continue reading to learn seven things about the Godzilla movie.
Seven Things About the Godzilla Movie
It starts with the atomic bomb
The movie begins in the 1950’s with an atomic bomb exploding in the Pacific Ocean. Then the story flashes forward a few decades. A nuclear power plant in Japan records a series of seismic activities. Joe Brody, who is in responsible for the safety of the power plant, investigates the seismic activities. The people at the plant thinks it an earthquake, but Joe thinks something else is causing the tremors. Then there’s a breach in a reactor. Some workers die and everyone else is evacuated. The story then flash forwards 17 years. Joe is still alive and he is obsessed with uncovering what happened at the nuclear power plant. He’s convinced there’s a cover-up, but everyone thinks he’s crazy.
There really is a conspiracy
It turns out Joe was right. The accident at the power plant wasn’t caused by an earthquake or a military accident like the government claimed. Instead, the nuclear power plant breach was caused by a giant monster that feeds off of radiation. The radiation makes the creature stronger and appears to give it the ability to discharge an electromagnetic pulse. The EMP fries all electronics within the area, which makes it practically impossible for the humans to defeat the monster.
It’s a monster of a movie
If you’re guessing it’s Godzilla that is feeding on radiation, you would be wrong. In this movie, there are two other giant monsters and they both feed on radiation. The monsters are big like Godzilla and one them has wings. The monster with wings reminded me of Rodan, but it’s not Rodan. The creature in the movie is like a giant flying insect. I think one of the scientists in the movie refer to it as a parasite that can kill monsters like Godzilla.
Godzilla has worthy foes
One giant monster isn’t enough to take on Godzilla. That’s why there are two monsters. In the movie, Godzilla can hold his own when he battles the monsters one on one. But he runs into trouble when he has to fight them at the same time. This is one of the reasons why this film is much better than the last Godzilla movie. In this story, Godzilla isn’t fighting a bunch of puny soldiers with guns that can’t really hurt him. This time around, he gets beat up by creatures that can kill him.
It’s like watching an old Godzilla movie
I grew up on Godzilla movies and this new film has the same feel as the ones I use to watch as a kid. OK, the new movie doesn’t have the badly dubbed English or the corny storyline, but that’s a good thing, right? In the old movies, sometimes Godzilla is good and other times he’s the bad guy. You don’t really know until the film progresses. It’s the same situation in this movie. You see him in the film, but you don’t really know if he’s the hero or the villain of the story until later in the movie.
The main character isn’t who you think it is
Godzilla is the featured attraction of the movie, but he’s not the main character. For most of the film, you only get an occasional glimpse of Godzilla. In another surprise, the person who I thought was the main character actually dies fairly early in the story. As it turns out, the main character of the film is the son of the person who I thought was the main character. Got it? Godzilla featured Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ford Brody), CJ Adams (Young Ford), Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ichiro Serizawa), Bryan Cranston (Joe Brody), Elizabeth Olsen (Elle Brody), Carson Bolde (Sam Brody), Sally Hawkins (Vivienne Graham), Juliette Binoche (Sandra Brody), David Strathairn (Admiral William Stenz), Richard T. Jones (Captain Russell Hampton), Victor Rasuk (Sergeant Tre Morales), Patrick Sabongui (Lieutenant Commander Marcus Waltz), Jared Keeso (Jump Master), Luc Roderique (Bomb Tracker), and James Pizzinato (HALO Jumper). The movie was directed by Gareth Edwards.
Godzilla is rated PG-13
The 123-minute movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence. The film is fine for kids. However, some of the scenes may be a little intense for very young children.