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dylan_wills’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I appreciate how Gareth Edwards approaches this Godzilla flick. Firstly, He builds up plot and character for the first hour before even showing Godzilla, and getting into the action. This is something I admire about the structure.
However, The movies wrong-doing is killing off Bryan Cranston’s character early on, instead of letting him live and have him and his son’s relationship develop throughout from the tragedy of their past life—and then maybe kill him later in the film. But instead of this, we have Aaron Taylor Johnson and his family as the human drama that never has a moment to breathe and comes off overly cliche. We don’t care about this, because we are given nothing to care for. Atleast with the original human drama in the movie, it had a backstory to work off of, whereas the switch up doesn’t have anything. It makes the film fairly dull following Aaron Taylor Johnson. He is simply there to conveniently move the audience from one location to the next, where the action is taking place. It’s a weak storyline.
Gareth Edwards captures the scope of Godzilla and Motu, and the destruction left behind by these creatures with his camera compositions being in the perspective of humans. It makes the destruction feel more disastrous and the scale of the creatures more threatening with the humans now the ants on Mother Earth. Gareth Edwards human point of view makes this—sort of—a horror movie but to epic proportions. Through sheer visuals alone, Edwards does so much to convey what I explained above in terms of smallness and bigness, what is happening, as well as moving the narrative along. The sound design, the sound mixing, the cinematography, the editing, the VFX are all top notch as well in helping with this execution. There are some solid set pieces due to all of these factors.