Oh boy, when Godzilla caused a massive tsunami just by stepping out of the water in Honolulu, Hawaii… I was grinning like the fan-boy I am. I’m talking about the design. Godzilla looks like real monster, a huge 350 foot tall monster that can and does destroy everything in his path. He has the look and feel of the original designs, but this time with smooth movements. CGI is a beautiful future and is embraced fully here. However, the exploding cars and trains and trucks were real props, so not everything hinges on the computer.
At first the dialog will seem cliché but as the movie goes on and the plot changes to affect the public; the dialog takes a real interesting turn. The actors handle their lines well. Watanabe is always fun to see. I also give props to ATJ and David Strathairn (who portrays Admiral William Stenz), a reasonable authority figure. His role isn’t the typical domineering asshole that plagues monster movies. He actually has a brain.
The ending fight scene is a pop-corn addict’s field day. Godzilla’s roar is astounding and heart-thumping. As are the M.U.T.O, they have a clicking thing going on, like a cockroach and cricket.
***** out of *****: Fun, frightening, realistic, and beautiful; this is the monster movie of the century. Bow down to the King. Pray he doesn't stomp.