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Riding on the coat tails of last year's failed monster movie "Pacific Rim," Godzilla is a sizeable entry intoa new francise. Gareth Edwards, noticiable for his film, "Monsters" paints a picture of how Godzilla would exist in our real world today. The film continues the running social-commentary of the original about the nuclear threat unleashed after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It often drags as we are given glimpses of the behemoth destructive masterpieces but pulled by the scruff of our necks to sterile human drama. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is tepid and dry as a soldier with a personal stake in the drama, but it never seems to shine through. Elizabeth Olsen, his wife, plays a nurse treating all the casualities of the Monster fights, while taking care of her son. The characters are severely stunted, lacking any conviction or personality. Bryan Cranston role as a obsessed scientist, provides any sense of emotional invested. Too bad he's put on the back-burner mid way through. Children are often used as pathos, one-trick ponies throughout. Godzilla looks wonderful when you do see him. And his roaring is terrific. One can only hope that the next movie will center more on this character instead of dabbling in stale human characters.
Watching Pacific Rim is similar to experiencing the movie "Titanic" for the first time. As a teenager, the romance was sappy, the visuals of the enormous ship, and the luxurious class were exciting. But while Titanic was ultimately about a love story, Pacific Rim is the the Titanic being torn in half over and over. Case in point: Gipsy Danger picks up ship like a baseball bat and pummels the living crap out of a Kaiju. The sheer awesomeness of that scene is worth seeing.
Pacific Rim imbodies what it means to be a blockbuster summer film, cheesy dialogue, large explosions, ramped up action enough to fizzle your brain out for a little while. The basic premise is silly, yet convicting at the same time. In response to multiple Kaiju attacks, which mirror climate change, oil spills, and monstrous storms of mother nature, humanity rises to the challenge by created Jaeger robots to combat the hulking foes. Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) plays a washed up, decommissioned Jaeger pilot, who teams alongside of Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to form an unlikely duo to combat the increasingly powerful Kaiju. Idras Elba, plays Stacker Pentecost, the leader of humanity. The movie is fast-pace and sometimes sucumbs to too many close ups and shaky camera movies, so the viewer can't see anything. Each Jaegar is carefully, and beautiful constructed with bright colours, bolts, and spinning mechanical units, which is evidence for the hours spent creating the robots. There isn't a single character I find to be annoying, although Charlie Humman's character is a little undeveloped, and one-dimensional. Guillermo del Toro spoke about creating only characters that he personally liked, and he has succeeded in just doing that. Mako Mori is a highly skilled martial artist and not a damsel in distress. Her character has flashbacks which us to empathize with her hatred for the Kaiju.
There comes a point when Idris Elba delivers a speech, which could have been much longer, but if you seen the trailers it does a sufficient job of pumping you up to go into the boxing ring. Because this is what the movie is essentially about rock-em-sock-em robots duking it out with spectacular Kaiju monsters.