Godzilla (2014) (4K UHD + Blu-ray) – Movie Review
Follow Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Gareth Edwards
Distributor: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Duration: 123 minutes

Godzilla (2014) (4K UHD + Blu-ray) – Movie Review

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7.4
Good: Still holds up well, Entertaining remake
Bad: A bit slow at times, Some effects already look a bit dodgy
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While movie buffs already had a lot of experience with the phenomenon called Godzilla, it was only in 1998 that the Western world truly got acquainted with the scaly giant that could eat humans whole and destroy entire cities by just walking around in them. The cheesy 90s flick will be remembered fondly by many, be it because of the somewhat typical acting performances of that period, or because of Jamiroquai’s Deeper Underground. Nonetheless, outside of the cartoon series, we never truly saw Godzilla rear his (or her) head again until a remake was made in 2014. The movie was somewhat of a success and spawned a sequel and another movie in the same universe (Kong: Skull Island), warranting a 4K UHD rerelease for those being hyped for the newly released Godzilla vs. Kong film. We were wondering how well the 2014 rendition of Godzilla withstood the test of time. As always, for a 4K rerelease, we won’t do a full review of the movie, but will discuss how good the 4K edition is, and if it is worth replacing your old DVD or Blu-ray version.

With this rerelease, we get to live through the remake of Godzilla once more. We get to see the start of this new monster universe with the tragic events that occur in Japan, where the Brody family suffers severely. Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) loses his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) due to what is supposedly a nuclear meltdown in the power plant they both work in. Fifteen years later, Joe believes it was not a regular meltdown but a government conspiracy. As Joe always tries to go into the quarantine zone to find more proof, he eventually gets arrested. Because of this, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Joe’s son, who is a soldier in the US, now has to travel to Japan to bail out his dad. Even when doing so, it’s clear that Joe will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, to finally rope Ford into coming with him. Both get detained as well, only to eventually find out that on the site of the disaster there is a huge monster egg hatching. When it hatches, the world itself is in peril.

Overall, Godzilla is still a quality piece of cinema that feels very relevant and a proper introduction for the newly released films. The movie does handle its effects quite well, but it does show a few cracks in the foundation, making some animations look a bit dated and dodgy. Of course, over the last seven years, some advancements have been made, it sometimes looks a bit older than seven years. Nonetheless, everything has been handled with quality in mind, and a lot of scenes just look amazing. We were still somewhat let down by the slower flow of things, as it feels like there was too much stress placed on making this a very ‘serious’ movie. We understand the need to do so, but dragging out certain scenes does not really help achieving said goal. Those sentiments aside, this is still a great movie for monster enthusiasts, and even those who like the somewhat less serious Rampage with Dwayne Johnson in the lead will certainly appreciate this film.

Those buying this edition will have to keep in mind that the 4K UHD Blu-ray disc in this package comes with no special features. To actually view the variety of extras, you’ll have to insert the normal Blu-ray disc. This isn’t truly a bad thing, it’s mainly a small inconvenience, especially since it means that the special content is not in 4K. That being said, when buying this edition, you’ll have a lot of fun content to go through. The extra content alone already warrants buying a physical copy. For those wanting specifics, there are around 45 minutes of extra content to be found on the regular Blu-ray disc.

Conclusion

Even though the 2014 Godzilla remake isn’t the flashiest movie or the fastest, it’s still a very entertaining piece of cinema. The movie is completely different than the 1998 take on Godzilla by Hollywood; and with the fairly recent release of the second movie King of the Monsters, the spinoff Kong: Skull Island, and the newly released Godzilla vs. Kong, it seems that an entire universe is being crafted for these gargantuan creatures. If you enjoyed the 2014 movie, or are into these movies, we can easily say that this is the definitive edition of the Godzilla reboot.

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