If ever there was one mystic beast of cinema it might be fun to interview and not be instantly smooshed out of existence, it would be the character featured in today’s title. One might wonder if this giant lizard felt he was properly being represented with the 60 years of films, that one taco bell promotion and whether he might even ponder from time to time the destruction of somewhere new, like Albuquerque.
As I’ve noted in the past, I usually have a not too hard to please stance on these types of films (how serious has any fan taken mutant creations leveling Tokyo), but felt reassured early by previews that showed a beast similar to the action figure I imitated destroying my own miniature civilizations as a child. I was not quite as school-girl giddy as I was last year while watching “Pacific Rim” for the first time, yet I was nevertheless far from disappointment with the destructive results. Even having to wait a while for “Godzilla” to show up did not ruin the fire breathing, tail smashing action that seemed to find a balance between cheesy and social commentary.
Unlike other versions showing massive monsters created by our own nuclear tomfoolery, the creatures in this origins tale seem to have a more pre-historic backstory. However, that’s not to say man hasn’t had a hand in encouraging the lumbering behemoths to stomp around city blocks, with appearances kept under wraps until now by cooperating world governments.
Expanding on a point made earlier, we actually are introduced to other mega beasts before the first full appearance of the title character, called MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism), and their traced impact by characters like Japanese scientist Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins). Eventually pulled into this fray through a nuclear plant disaster is supervisor Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), who loses his wife there, and his son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who later continues his quest for answers. Eventually it’s all tied together through a series of scenes that shows humanity’s struggle to survive it all and what must be done to ensure there is a future.