First off I want to say that this is a movie that should be viewed in a theatre, in 3D, to really appreciate the magnitude of destruction and the scale of the ancient beings attempting to start a family in an urban centre. We saw the movie with a friend who had never watched a movie in 3D, so I was very glad to see that the technology was used to great effect, and I can’t think of a better movie with which to be introduced to 3D. She was delighted.
The movie was well directed, the cast was competent, and for the most part the writing was serviceable. The overarching theme of forgiveness, redemption, and fertility was interesting if a little heavy handed (but this is a movie about monsters, basically, in a cage fight to the death so perhaps subtlety should be sought elsewhere).
The two monsters we are introduced to first are basically a couple. A husband and wife, if such constructs existed in the highly radiated pre-historic world. They want to have babies, as badly as Rachel from The Amazing Race, though with a lot less hysterics and desperation. The male monster is attempting to unite with his sweet bride, bringing her a nuclear warhead so that she may have the radiation required to fertilize the glowing orange sac of eggs hanging from her underside. The moment of reunification where the male monster hands over the long pointy phallus to the female is touching, and creepy, and tender, and for a moment I thought maybe we were going to see some monster porn. But we were spared that, I suspect because the movie would likely then have to have an 18A rating and thus limit the audience.
But, in the attempt to make a bunch of monster babies (who would no doubt be a bunch of unruly brats with sticky fingers, spreading colds and flus to all of humanity) and a nest to have those babies in, the monsters destroy huge swaths of cities and kill countless people. Enter Godzilla, nature’s most ferocious form of population control. It was stated many times throughout the movie that he is here only to ensure that balance in nature is achieved. The happy, expectant couple are obviously in the wrong place and time and Godzilla must restore the world to a proper balance.
What ensues is some pretty exciting fisticuffs between giant monsters, one of which can fly, fighter planes falling out of the sky, multi-storied buildings being leveled, and humans screaming and running for the nearest patch of underground available. And this is where the movie really shines. I am largely unfamiliar with the Godzilla story and assumed he would be the villain, so it was along with the characters in the movie that I realized he was doing the Lord’s work. God bless Godzilla.
As he swam off into the depths of the ocean having saved humanity, I had a few questions: What does something that big eat? Where does he live? Will he find true love? Maybe these questions will be answered in the sequels. In the meantime I recommend Godzilla. It was fun, weird, and loud, and really, what else could I ask for in a Hollywood blockbuster?