Movie Review: Godzilla (2014) – 3.5 stars

Godzilla (2014)

3.5 out of 5 stars

Watched opening weekend (May 17, 2014)

My husband and I watched Godzilla on opening weekend at our favorite local movie theater, taking advantage of their VIP seating.  One recent change to their pricing has me a bit rumbled.  The Legends 14 Theater’s matinee pricing stops at 4:00 p.m. now, instead of the traditional 5:00 p.m.  This means the main attraction, like Godzilla, only has one matinee per day in the large screen theater.   I prefer matinees more for the time slots than the cost savings (since I’m paying extra for VIP service anyway), but still.  Irksome.

I had read a couple of reviews before deciding to watch this movie in theaters.  I have many fond memories of Godzilla week on the local Kansas City television stations in the 70s.  I’d come home from school and the after school movies would feature Godzilla classics from the 50s and 60s.  My forty-year foggy memory doesn’t recall much of the plots, but I do remember them being entertaining.

This latest iteration of Godzilla took me a bit by surprise.  I became attached to the characters, so I appreciated the story from that angle.  The monsters were center stage but not.  And Godzilla became more of a savior then a terror.  I’m still scratching my head on that aspect.  I need to return to the originals and renew my recollections to compare.

My husband and I enjoyed it but didn’t think it was a great movie, just a good entertaining one.  Apparently, many other people liked it as well, since it raked in over $200 million and a sequel has already been ordered.  I probably should have waited for the BluRay, but it’s nice to get out of the house for fun.

One thought on “Movie Review: Godzilla (2014) – 3.5 stars”

  1. My age-fogged memory recalls several of the older Gozilla movies where he saved the world–well, Japan–from the threat of some other monster.

    I, too, do not recall much of the plots. Perhaps there were no plots: just a set up and then the guy in the rubber suit smashing model buildings.

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