My mother has three staple films- since one of them is the ’98 Godzilla, you’ll understand if I don’t reveal the other two.
So you could say I grew up with the prehistorical monster. So you could say it was my duty to see it on Friday.
And I didn’t just see it- I loved it. (And man, does it look good in 3D despite the fact cinematographer Seamus McGarvey turns his nose up at that particular dimension).
Granted it’s an Oh-My-God-That-Huge-Monster-Is-Going-To-Kill-Us-All movie and while director Gareth Edwards plays on the fear-factor of the audience, the film has strong emotional and familial ties with the family of protagonists in a very honest way. The characters have a definite reason for being involved with the plotline and with the Navy and military, unlike the questionable allies formed in the 1998 version. The pacing is in a steady, enthralling arc, the actors and actresses do exemplary work, and while my knowledge of cinematography is despicably limited McGarvey, to my eye, does an A-job (especially that one scene at the end…). And if you’re one of those soundtrack-people, Alexandre Desplat has an uncannily intuitive ability to fit the song to the shot.
Overall, Godzilla 2014 is entertaining and enticing and rewarding and probably one of the best films of 2014 (next to Captain America: The Winter Solider. Sidetracking, ohmygodthefeelsbucky).
And apart from the dramatization, Edwards even brings in a couple of respectful mentions of Hiroshima and morbid hints of what nuclear energy could mean for the world and for humanity. After all, isn’t that what Godzilla is all about? A warning against the effects of tampering with nature?
Without saying much more and majorly spoiling the plot, I subside at: go see it and support the makings of more superb films like this.
The future scares me, because I’m afraid I won’t live up to the potential I think I have.
But the future also excites me, because I know I have potential, and I think I can live up to it.
I’m a “youngster” and my SAT scores haven’t even come in yet. But I believe in the power of youth- I believe now is the time for me to form my mind by reading the most inspiring books I can find, talking with the most diverse people I can meet, watching movies that blow my mind, listening to songs that sing to something in my heart and writing from I what know. I’m not the same person I was a year or even six months ago and I want to keep changing; keep forming and learning and growing and living. I want to be with people who morph and want to.
So here’s to the people that make up the facets of life, here’s to me and here’s to you and hell, here’s to this blog.
PS I JUST LEARNED VIBRATO ON THE VIOLA WITH ALL FOUR FINGERS AND yes that’s amazing and no that’s not a sexual inuendo. But oooww my fingertips hurt.
PPS I kind of hate this post cause it sounds so incredibly cheezy “power of youth” like really. Come on. But it was all true and who couldn’t work on honesty? Besides perfection is unattainable. Honesty isn’t.