Jaws In Space
I'm a pretty big fan of the Godzilla series, I have all 28 films on DVD, I've got to honestly say I have mixed feelings about this movie.
Here's what I thought about the film.
Having new monsters-
The fact that it simply isn't a remake of Godzilla gets major points from me. Garth Edwards clearly took inspiration from the Godzilla 2000 reboot & said alright everyone knows Godzilla & where he came from, we don't need an origin story, lets do our "sequel movie" first. This is a move I'd like to see other people take when adapting films. Also bonus points for actually creating new monsters instead of just bringing a few of the other TOHO monsters along for the ride.
Monster screen time-
While I do appreciate having new monsters I don't appreciate that they got more screen time than Godzilla in his own movie. I think all 3 monsters may have gotten equal screen time, but that equates to 2/3 MUTOS & 1/3 Godzilla. And besides that it felt that there was less Godzilla here than the 1998 film, which is really disappointing. I know that a few of the older films give Godzilla very little screen time, but still if you compare it to Godzilla 2000 again he gets plenty of screen time there.
The Male creature design-
I loved this guy & he is a great addition to the Godzilla universe. While there are some comparisons to the cloverfield monster I think it was offset by the fact that he could fly, & it's also nice that they didn't just turn him into Rodan when he was flying around.
The Female Creature Design-
And then there's this one. This monster is cloverfield. Where they gave the male the ability to fly they should have done something with the female, possibly a ranged attack to combat Godzilla's atomic breath?
I liked the new Godzilla look, similar to the Japanese versions, but still quite unique, plus he wasn't an iguana.
Good guy Godzilla-
Boy did the marketing of this movie ever lie to us. I went in expecting Godzilla to tear up the place like in the original film, but instead we got a half assed backstory & a Godzilla who only wrecks buildings because that is were his prey is. Man, they really seem to have taken a lot of inspiration from Godzilla 2000.
The Final Fight-
The fight between Godzilla & the 2 MUTOS was just awesome, they really did a good job building up that Godzilla might not be able to take on both monsters, but then they did a fantastic reveal of his Atomic breath & then he proceeds to kick ass & chew bubblegum.
City Destruction scenes-
So they do an awesome job of revealing Godzilla for the first time in Hawaii, but as soon as we get a full body shot & he is about to fight the Male MUTO they pull the cheapest crap & cut away to the kid watching the fight on the TV. Then they pull the same crap again when the Female MUTO rampages through Las Vegas. Even though I did like the final fight, it also does suffer from constantly cutting away from the fight to the human characters.
So since the monsters are mostly absent from the film we are left with the human characters for most of the time. I felt that the main character was pretty good & did what the film needed him to do, same goes for the wife & kid. While some people might not like that, I say it's no different that the Japanese films where the humans are just there to move the story along. I felt that the death of the father so early in the film was a bad move, I would like to have seen him helping out with Dr. Serizawa to find a way to stop the monsters. Plus it could have brought a more interesting father/son dynamic with the main character instead of the generic I've got to find my wife & kid & save them. Another reason they should have kept the father alongside Dr. Serizawa would be to offset that completely bland performance from Ken Watanabe. I'm mean seriously though why was he even in the film he didn't even do anything, it's an insult that he has the same name as the character from the original film.
Still even though I have mixed feeling for the movie I did still enjoy it, & I do look forward to a sequel. And who knows, now that Legendary has teamed up with Universal for all of their future movies one can hope that we can finally see another showdown of King Kong Vs Godzilla.