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Sure it does have some pretty average CG, and the acting is less than perfect, it stays stable with its plot and its humor.
Now Godzilla is considered one of the most well known of giant monsters and has the longest running film series ever made (30 movies in 60 years), but Godzilla has never really been a film series to take itself that seriously (except with the first one). But here Godzilla is not only a very serious film, it's probably one of the best films of the summer, and for that to be a Godzilla film, is saying a lot.
First Acting. Now with past Godzilla films everyone constantly makes fun of the dubbing and how the words never match the lips and it looks really cheesy, so I was happy with here the film primarily has an all english speaking cast. Aaron Taylor Johnson plays the main character, which may disappoint some as Bryan Cranston seems to be the main character since all the trailers show him the most. Johnson does a fantastic job here, playing a soldier who specializes in bombs who has been dragged along on this since he and his dad witnessed the Muto escape, and now Dr. Ishiro needs his help after the creature gets out since he has some of his dad's knowledge. All the other actors do great jobs as well. David Stratham and Ken Watanbe both do fantastic jobs in the film. Stratham does a good job at playing the general character, and thankfully the character isn't a generic loud mouthed general like we've seen in other films like this, and Watanbe is very good as being the calm and collected scientist Dr. Ishiro, who knows much about Godzilla and understands what Godzilla has to do and tries to find a way around interfering with him. Bryan Cranston, while not being on screen for more than 25 minutes, does a very good job as usual, being this nervous wreck of a genius who is trying to solve the mystery as to why the nuclear plant he worked at had collapsed, killing his wife, and thinks he has the answers to it. Also cool little tidbit, pay attention to the american man who is with Cranston at the nuclear plant at the beginning, because when I saw him I had the biggest geeky smile on my face. I'll just say, this canadian voice actor has had experience with monsters before, especially robots in disguise ;) .
Now action and effects. When I heard Godzilla was going to be CG I was hoping that he would look faithful to the design of the original and would still move and look like he has some weight to his movement, and thankfully, he looks fantastic. Not only that but the CG in general looks amazing. The Muto's designs are very cool to look at, the scenes of destruction look very realistic and the monster fights are just flat out amazing to watch. While you don't see a lot of Godzilla until the last 20 minutes, it's definitely worth it to that point, because you see a lot of the Muto throughout the film. There is also some very good suspense and buildup to several of the monster scenes, the best one being when Aaron Taylor Johnson and another soldier are hiding on some train tracks trying not to be seen by one of the Muto who is slowly lurking around the tracks. Also the last fight scene, is the most suspenseful and awesome fight I've ever seen in a monster movie. In my theatre during the end of the fight there is two moments that I won't spoil but I'll just say, my whole theatre applauded when they happened. I saw this movie in IMAX and 3D and scenes like that are well worth it the price.
Overall, Godzilla is not only a very good summer blockbuster, I think its the best movies I've seen this year so far. The action is fantastic, the effects are top notch, the acting is incredible, and it's entertaining as hell. My words can not do this film justice, just see the movie for yourself and make your own conclusion.
My final rating
4.5*s out of 5
A must see for absolutely anyone remotely interested in the voice acting industry. Good points are brought up, it knows how to keep people unfamiliar with voice acting entertained, and it is very informative and entertaining. One of the best, if not the best documentary that I have ever seen. But that's coming from a voice actor and a voice acting nut so, what do I know?
Cage gives a great performance as an obsessive compulsive con artist, Alison Lohman is good as Angela, and Sam Rockwell as just as good as he normally is in roles like this. it's a good attempt at a dramedy by director Ridley Scott, and the film is both well paced and well written.