Movie review: ‘Godzilla’ remake leaves action scenes out of script

By Tachianna Mitchell, tmitchell@valenciavoice.com

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After several cameo appearances, remakes and sequels over the years since his debut in 1954, “Godzilla” is back once again. The classic film starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen drew a decent sized crowd whose ages ranged from early twenties to middle age. While the younger viewers may have come just to see a cool new action movie, many of the older audience members watched the original “Godzilla” years ago and were curious to see how it compared to this year’s version.

“I watched the first “Godzilla” when I was a kid,” said moviegoer Charles Newsome. “I really liked how advance the special effects have become since then.”

The advancement of special effects may have been one of the few good things about “Godzilla”. Although the characters played their roles very well, the movie just fell short because the plot was awful. It may be easy to see improvement from the original movie made sixty years ago, but compared to current science fiction films, this movie does not compare.

“The creatures always destroy the city in these types of action movies,” said moviegoer Andrew Gooden. “I was expecting something more, something different.”

The movie starts off like the typical, predictable science fiction film. The plot follows Joe Brody, a nuclear scientist, played by Cranston and his son Ford Brody, played Johnson. They venture on a joint mission to uncover the truth behind the closing down of the nuclear power plant where Brody used to be employed.

In addition to the lackluster action and special effects, “Godzilla” had twists of tragedy, drama and suspense. Overall the movie was unsatisfactory and left viewers disappointed.

“Although this movie brought back a lot of good childhood memories for me,” said Newsome, “I feel like it could have been better.”

I couldn’t agree more. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone unless they have enormous amounts of patience that it takes to endure extreme periods of boredom for only three or four action scenes.