A bit of a surprising film as I didn't expect a reboot. However, if I gave it some real thought, it would have came up at some point as Hollywood seem to be running out of ideas.
So, this film is somewhat a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise and plays out as Godzilla being a terrifying force of nature. A myth of sorts.
Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) a U.S Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer and his nurse of a wife, Elle Brody (Elizabeth Olsen) find themselves caught in the middle of a grand monster fight when Ford's father makes a discovery of the reported seismic activities which have been occurring of recent. Trying to gather info from their previous home to prove his findings, a monster wakes up and makes its way out of it's resting place underneath his home, on a mission somewhere destroying the facility and everything else around it leaving nothing but rubble in it's wake. As this monster now threatens to annihilate humanity and it seems like the humans are powerless against it, only one other monster can save the day, Godzilla.
This is a decent film to watch. If anything and going from memory, this film is better than the film which came out in 1998. Godzilla looks like Godzilla. Rather than the Tyrannosaurus looking Godzilla we had back then. Also, the special effects are great and the film comes across as very grounded as it is set in present day. The intro to the film is very clever and makes getting into the film smooth as well as the world we are now being taken to as it eases us in. However, other than the few bits of action we see and the special effects, this film is fairly poor. Well, not poor, but when you see the trailer, you expect much more. It is fairly hard to explain as it is fairly hard to understand, how they barely made this film work. The story was marginally decent with excellent acting coming from Joe Brody (Bryan Cranstan) and Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) but other than that, everyone else's acting was weak in comparison. Not enough time was given to like or feel for the characters. Even the scenes between Ford and his father Joe were a little lacking. It's like the entire film could have been a lot better if they just pushed for a little more. A little more to the internal story between the human characters. A little more with the fighting scenes. A little more of Godzilla and a little more of basically...well, EVERYTHING. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good film to watch and chomp on some popcorn to and the ending scenes with Godzilla are beyond excellent, but I just generally feel that the film was posting it in and the director, Gareth Edwards was simply wetting the audiences appetite. If that last scenes with Godzilla didn't pan out the way it did, then the film would have been purely garbage fused with garbage.
Beautiful Visuals and Godzilla looks like and IS a BEAST!!! But other than only showing us a little action here and there and not really giving us a full Godzilla treatment and/or experience until the very end of the film, this film mails it in. I guess, this is the outcome when you add storyline to human characters who needn't be in a monster movie about monsters fighting monsters. A perfect example of where a monster film about monsters fighting monsters and where it worked would be, Pacific Rim.