Godzilla (2014): A Blockbuster of Larger Proportions


Dylan Barbeau, Staff Writer

Cinematic universes have been popular in Hollywood ever since Iron Man was released in 2008. Some, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and to some extent the DC Expanded Universe, have been immensely successful while others, like Sony’s Marvel Universe (including the Venom films and Morbius with more to come) or Universal’s Dark Universe (based on the Universal Monsters and only has The Mummy with Tom Cruise), have been moderate to colossal failures, whether that be critically, financially, or both. However, one shared universe is in a weird middle ground, and that is the Monsterverse, including Godzilla vs. Kong. This article is about the one that kicked off the Monsterverse, Godzilla(2014).

I think this movie does well with, in particular, the action, the acting, and the monsters. Starting with the action, the action in this movie is some of the best in the more expansive Godzilla franchise. The monster action when in full force is flawless and there are even some exciting setpieces involving the human characters. When it comes to acting, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Brian Cranston, and Ken Watanabe all do great in their respective roles. Of course, the highlight of the film to many people is going to the monsters, and they are glorious when on screen. Godzilla has, in my opinion, one of his best depictions in this movie while the new monsters, the MUTOs, are very cool in their own right.

Some more positives are the score, the effects, and the scale/atmosphere. The score does a good job establishing the tone of some scenes, such as dread. The effects are great by today’s standard for a 2014 movie. The scale might be one of the best things about the movie and the haunting atmosphere of a destroyed San Francisco accompanies it perfectly.

While this movie has a lot of high points, some issues need to be addressed. While the acting is overall good, some of the characters can come off as a bit bland. That would not be as bad if there was a better balance between the screen time of the humans and the monsters. One final issue I have with the films is while the first cutaway from a monster fight is fine, the preceding ones are genuinely kind of annoying.

Overall, Godzilla 2014 is a pretty great film and a more than worthy beginner of something that will grow to great heights. Unlike other cinematic universes, the Monsterverse is far from over and I can not wait to see its future.

4 out of 5 Paws