Godzilla (2014)

Gareth Edwards

Max Borenstein
Frank Darabont
Dave Callaham

Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Elizabeth Olsen
Bryan Cranston
David Strathairn 
Ken Watanabe 
Juliette Binoche 

Release Date:
May 16th, 2014

What an unexpectedly endearing display of the anti-hero king of monsters otherwise known as Godzilla. I believe most fans of the the Godzilla franchise will agree that director, Gareth Edwards took what was once utterly laughable, and crafted a stunning tale of what it means to let go and allow nature to take its course. 

The moral and theme of "Godzilla" was spoken by Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza (Ken Watanabe).  "The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around. Let them fight." 

At the start, Godzilla plays more of a supporting role in his own film. Like most man vs. nature blockbuster releases, the audience has to sit through a somewhat cliché storyline of the young man who simply wants to get home to his adorable family, but instead gets caught dead smack in the middle of a war zone that only his "lunatic" father was intelligent enough to predict.

What is great about this film is that there is nothing cruel or malicious about each character's motives as they strategize and risk their lives to take down the radio-active Muto monsters.  I enjoyed catching glimpses of Godzilla as he hunted these villains, and was thirsty for more as CNN broadcasted the unfolding events leading up to battle between the monsters. 

Once all has been revealed, you will almost certainly be rooting for Godzilla, either silently or aloud as my fellow audience members did.

"Godzilla" is a well paced film that builds up to a very satisfying ending.