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‘Godzilla’ Review Roundup: A Monstrous Waste Of Time?

Fri, May 16, 2014 2:15pm EDT by HL Intern 18 Comments
Godzilla Movie Review Roundup
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The world’s most famous monster is back, but is it packing some bite? ‘Godzilla’ is the latest big budget reboot to hit theaters and it has fans wondering — does the movie do the legendary monster justice?

The reviews are in for the 2014 Godzilla reboot and critics aren’t exactly full of praise for the high-intensity action flick. While the film leaves fans at the edge of their seat just waiting for the big reveal of the 2014 version of the monster, many were left wondering whether it worth a two-hour wait. Read the reviews below!

‘Godzilla’ Review Roundup: Is The Monster Movie A Monstrous Flop?

In come the not-so-loving reviews of Godzilla’s cast. The critics say that the only noteworthy character was Breaking Bad’s leading man Bryan Cranston. The television star made his big screen appearance — in an unbearable wig — as the insane scientist obsessed with finding out the truth about his wife’s death, played by Juliette Binoche. Critics believe Juliette was wasted as a character as she only seemed to make small cameos in the film.

Then there is the very attractive Aaron Taylor-Johnson, whom critics are calling a dull beefcake. Aaron plays a U.S. Navy bomb disposal expert and Bryan’s estranged son. Even with all of the daddy issues going on in the film, there is no onscreen chemistry between the two men to make you even moderately interested in the plot.

‘Godzilla’ Review Roundup: ‘Superbly Made But Burdened By Some Dull Human Characters’

Critics are saying that the entire cast is out-shined onscreen by the monstrous lizard. Although Godzilla makes very few and far between appearances, the monster is most certainly the only reason to go see the movie. Sadly, when he does appear, it is mainly through smoke and rust-colored filters.

So, just what are the reviews saying about the film?

Business Insider

“The problem is that Godzilla gets bogged down in the middle of the film by characters you just never feel 100% invested in.”


“Someone should tell Warner Bros. that when they’ve got a presence as big as Godzilla, they don’t need movie stars, because frankly, who remembers the characters in a rampaging-kaiju movie anyway? Still, just to be safe, the studio has stuffed Gareth Edwards’ deafening, effects-driven reboot with an Oscar winner (Juliette Binoche), three Oscar nominees (Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn), an Emmy winner (Bryan Cranston) and an Olsen sister, leaving scarcely enough screen time for the monster itself.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Superbly made but burdened by some dull human characters enacted by an interesting international cast who can’t do much with them, this new Godzilla is smart, self-aware, eye-popping and arguably in need of a double shot of cheeky wit.”

The Guardian

“So while many people might want to go to the cinema to see Godzilla, what they get instead is a load of homosapiens desperately trying to put a human face on the drama. They don’t really succeed. A line of actual acting talent – from Bryan Cranston to Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche and Ken Watanabe – is reduced to a series of B-movie tropes.”

What do you think HollywoodLifers? Are you planning on seeing Godzilla despite the tough reviews? Let us know!

— Brittany King

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