This weekend, the highly anticipated “Godzilla” reboot roars its way into theaters, and it’s a glorious cinematic return for the King of the Monsters.
Helmed by director Gareth Edwards (who debuted in 2010 with the underrated creature feature “Monsters”), this film, based on its sheer size and scope alone, is a visual masterpiece that’s definitely worth the extra few bucks to see in IMAX 3D.
Unlike other Hollywood movies, “Godzilla” doesn’t use the new technology to try and shock audiences with frenetic, eye-popping scenes. So don’t expect to jump out of your seat from a shot of a giant tail swinging towards the camera.
Instead, the use of 3D actually enhances the film by adding a layer of depth to its cinematography, immersing audience members into enormous, aesthetically pleasing set pieces.
Whether it’s Japanese nuclear plants collapsing from an attack or seeing the Golden Gate Bridge get torn in half by Godzilla himself, the grand scale of these scenes is definitely improved by this new technology.
What really looks great in 3D, though, are the series of battles between the big green guy and the grotesque M.U.T.O.s (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms). You’ll be awe-struck by the size of these giant monsters on screen, especially considering that the film is shot mostly from a human perspective.
Godzilla, who stands at a whopping 355 feet tall, is a visual spectacle that outshines all other previous attempts at bringing huge, CGI creatures to the big screen (such as Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” or Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”). The details on his scales and spine mixed with his theater shaking roar make the King of the Monsters truly worthy of his royal status.
Your jaw will most likely be on the floor when you see Godzilla take on the pair of M.U.T.O.s in the film’s climactic battle sequence. Sure, it’s an absurd moment filled with falling skyscrapers, screaming victims, and radioactive laser beams, but boy does it look great.
The only thing the 3D couldn’t help this movie with was its extremely dull characters.
Other than Bryan Cranston, who’s criminally underused as the heartbroken nuclear physicist Joe Brody, there really aren’t any characters to get behind.
Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe are reduced to forgettable roles as investigating scientists, while the relationship between Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who plays Cranston’s son, Ford) and Elizabeth Olsen (who plays Taylor-Johnson’s wife, Elle) is kind of a bore. Their relationship is also sort of weird considering that the pair will be playing a brother and sister duo as Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in next year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
But I digress.
Despite some hiccups with the film’s character development, the story’s initially slow pacing perfectly sets the audience up for each bombastic, big screen moment involving Godzilla and his giant monster pals.
Regardless of the story and character issues, “Godzilla” is a visually stunning affair that is a perfect fit for the IMAX 3D experience.