Very Cool Godzilla flick... when it tries to be a Godzilla flick
Off the bat, I knew that the film would be heavy on the human characters. That it would revolve around Ford Brody, and we'd get the boots-on-the-ground perspective of a Kaiju attack. Like the original, there would be a slow burn before we see Godzilla. Problem is, even when we see Godzilla, they film will quickly jump to another seen as far away from him as possible.
When Godzilla or the Mutos show up, it is downright amazing. However, it often feels not like a Godzilla film with a human b-plot starring Aaron Paul, but an Aaron Paul film with a kaiju b-plot starring Godzilla. A lot of what could have been amazing
scenes happen either off-camera or are glossed over; with the viewers just getting to see the fight on television news or something.
Compounding this... Ford Brody isn't particularly interesting. Brian Cranston and Ken Watanabe have much more interesting characters (and are more charismatic in their roles), but they don't particularly do much.
At times, the movie gets almost narmy with the dialogue, and a moment towards the end made me roll my goddamn eyes. Godzilla honestly is portrayed far more heroically than he has been in a long time, which is an odd choice given how serious the film tries to play things.
With that said. When the movie finally
gives us what we came for, it is extremely well done. The final fight between the Mutos and Godzilla may just be my favorite fight of the franchise; it's a good combination of brutal, and finally seeing his spines light up had the entire theater hyped up. And despite what I said about it being narmy at times... it goes with the territory; I've seen Godzilla fly and do a tail-sliding dropkick, and what happens in this film isn't nearly as bad.
All in all, it's not as amazing as I had been hyped up for. It's a competent Godzilla film dragged down by some pretty serious issues, and for what it was I really enjoyed myself. It's not the best film Godzilla's been in, but it's also very far from the worst film. All things considered, first thoughts are that it was a solid Godzilla film that could've been great had there been more focus on the monsters.