(This review may contain spoilers).
I’ve not seen any of the original Godzilla movies, though I did spot an article that stated people who have seen the originals aren’t too happy with the appearance of Godzilla in this movie.
I do think there’s something particularly scary about a creature that’s been around since prehistoric times. It may be the lizard-like appearance of the giant creatures, but maybe it’s also about the fear of a predator. After all, humans tend to see themselves at the top of the food chain.
I found it interesting that, for being such an iconic part of the film, Godzilla isn’t actually shown properly until a way through the film. The appearance of Godzilla came across really well (though it may have been a little chubby), but I felt the other creatures looked rather… mechanical.
The effects in this film worked particularly well. There was one point where the camera angle was shot from inside a character’s helmet, which is an effective way of placing the audience ‘in the scene’.
There were some really intense scenes in the film. I thought it was particularly effective that there were no subtitles when characters were talking in Japanese. I could tell, more or less, what the meaning of their words was.
There was only one actor I recognised in the film. (Well, two – but the other one only appeared for a brief second). I do think the acting was good and I did care about what was happening to the characters.
I think this film is worth seeing, but from what I know of the Godzilla films, I think there are some differences.