Godzilla Blu-rayGodzilla has a long and storied history on the big screen, and has been responsible for some memorable movie moments along with some dull ones. Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla blockbuster is not without problems, but it mostly lands itself firmly in the former camp.
After a compelling opening sequence, we get the story. Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is a member of the US Navy and has a fancy title that basically means he’s good with explosives. Early on, he heads to Japan to get his dad, Joe (Bryan Cranston), out of trouble with the law after a trespassing charge. Instead, the two become embroiled in a mystery surrounding a giant winged creature known as the MUTO and a second creature known as Godzilla, who also happen to be natural enemies.
It’s basic, monster-oriented premise is highly entertaining, but Godzilla is not without problems. Ford’s an unlikeable hero, and the fact that he continues to be at the right place at the right times is eyeroll inducing. Additionally, screenwriter Max Borenstein did not do a great job of writing a compelling female character. To heighten the suspense, Ford has a wife who is danger, but poor Elizabeth Olsen is just wasted in the role. If you ignore the script problems, Godzilla is still a fun watch, and one that gives fans textured monsters and dark but detailed scenes on Blu-ray.
Director Gareth Edwards is great at shooting monsters. His latest movie, Godzilla, proves this over and over again, teasing one of the greatest monsters in film history before letting our eyes feast on cinematically creative battles in the third part of the film. Whatever other problems Godzilla may have, it leaves this lasting impression first and foremost, making it one of the most entertaining films of the last twelve months.
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Best Special Feature: The Godzilla Blu-ray disc is a little difficult to navigate, but there are a lot of bonus features that expand the film’s universe. The "MONARCH: Declassified" section is pretty cool, with three historical extras looking at early research on M.U.T.Os, or Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms. The three extras in that section are "Operation: Lucky Dragon," "MONARCH: The M.U.T.O File" and "The Godzilla Revelation," all of which are short, but entertaining.
"Godzilla: Force of Nature"
"A Whole New Level of Destruction"
"Into the Void: The H.A.L.O Jump"
"Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.Os"