Finally, after roughly 10 years of waiting and great anticipation, Godzilla has finally returned to the big screen, and the outcome couldn't have been more satisfying. I first have to compliment the engaging human element that was lacking and reduced to downright embarrassment in the horrid first American reboot in 1998. While despite Aaron Taylor-Johnson's character dragging at times, he still manages to be a tolerable lead along with his talented supporting cast, especially since the original Godzilla films never had acting as a strong suit. The screenplay was gratifyingly reminiscent of previous Godzilla installments as well; while not being the most ideally written it's still effective enough to grip the attention span with its serious feel. The score for the film composed by Alexandre Desplat, has an old school Akira Ifukube vibe to it, paying reverence to the great Godzilla anthems of old, while injecting an additional neoteric feel that helps set the dark tone for the film. This gives each scene an extra ounce of thrilling tension. Now, as for Godzilla himself, he is seen for a limited time in his own film which was not necessarily a bad thing. Gareth Edwards' incessant build-up and teases work like a charm to make the audience crave more of the big guy (who is designed into his most intimidating incarnation to date), and more of his terrifyingly alluring parasitic foes. With that being said, the film culminates with one of the most awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping giant monster smack downs to ever be graced on screen. The nearly impeccable CGI in this film make the fight scenes seem even more unparalleled to anything that any Godzilla movie or action movie has ever delivered before.
Overall, this is a welcoming return for the king of the monsters and a commendable attempt by director and fellow Godzilla fan, Gareth Edwards at delivering an awesome reboot to the fans and breathing new life into a storied franchise.