Pacific Rim, eat your heart out; this is how you do giant monster fighting. The new Godzilla movie is everything you could possibly want from a new Godzilla movie. It’s got giant monsters, military jets shooting at giant monsters, buildings getting destroyed by giant monsters, and giant monsters getting fucked up by other giant monsters. But it goes beyond just awesome monster action. It actually takes the time to have a somewhat interesting plot, and even though some of the characters are underdeveloped and there are a lot of cliches, what really elevates this movie beyond your common summer action schlock is the amazing direction. Everything looked really great, the lighting and tone throughout the whole movie was perfect. I consistently found myself thinking “wow, that was a really cool shot”. The monsters look awesome, especially Godzilla, and they have a real presence despite being entirely CG. What was really great was how slowly everything built. You don’t see Godzilla for the first time until about an hour in, and even after that you barely see him till the end, but when he does show up and start kicking ass it makes it all the more satisfying. Oh, and his atomic breath was dope. This movie is amazingly suspenseful and scary and exciting and fun all at once, and the best thing I can say about it is that I honestly wasn’t bored for a single second of it’s entire two hour run time. In short, this is just a really fucking cool movie, and you should all definitely check it out.
Overall Rating: The complete opposite of the ’98 Godzilla/10