Had the chance today to watch the new Godzilla movie on IMAX (also 3D, which didn’t do much for me). I wound up enjoying it much more than I thought I would, and it’s a vast improvement over the last American version of Godzilla. I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers here (nothing that hasn’t already been given away by the trailers), but if you’re worried about spoilers, just stop reading now and go see Godzilla ASAP. 🙂
The movie does a good job of focusing on the human element, so it’s not all just about giant monsters smashing everything in sight. Most often, the screen focuses on humans doing their best just to survive while the kaiju fight in the background. This both makes the movie a bit more immersive for the audience and emphasizes the massive scale of the monsters and the destruction they cause. At other times, the kaiju might be portrayed, surreally, fighting on the news, or glimpsed through a car window.
In many respects, Godzilla emulates the classic Japanese films: Godzilla is the good guy fighting multiple “bad” kaiju, he’s modeled after the look of the guy in the rubber suit, and he’s got his atomic breath attack. So, most of the classic elements of Godzilla are still there, from what I could tell.
And the movie still has the Godzilla “message,” that playing around with atomic energy is bad and going to destroy us all. Make of that what you will.
I highly recommend Godzilla, unless you just really don’t like kaiju movies. The IMAX experience was great, but the 3D element just really wasn’t there for me (but then, I’m not a huge fan of 3D in the first place, so I’m probably biased). If you can see it on IMAX, it’s worth it. And if you can do so without the 3D, so much the better.