Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay by: Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro
Story by: Travis Beacham
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini & Ron Perlman
Amazing movie, simply superb and magnificent. Exceptionally well done and overall a very well done movie. I am one of those hardcore fans of Guillermo del Toro, his work is amazing and the cinematragrphy of his work is always spellbinding. This movie does not fail to deliver.
The story was unique (in a way) and clear to understand. Earth is being invaded from within Earth rather than from space, which is the oh-so-very-typical invasion/world ending/apocalypse movie. That’s what separates this movie from all the rest, the fact that it was such a unique story with monsters equally unique. They have the Godzilla type monsters that are attacking Earth, invading it, except no one knows why, the true reason why. But left with no other alternative, the humans must band together, putting away their differences tofight the monsters and build monsters, the great awesome machines we see in the previews. It highlights that through tough times, cultures can look past differences and unify together. That central part of the movie was great.
However, let’s get on with all the other much more awesome things of this movie.
The movie does a good job summarizing the overall plot of the movie and answers the question of “why are we watching this”. It explains what the monsters are and why the machines were built and how effective they are. However, the narration in the beginning, however good it was, was a little bothersome. Don’t get me wrong, I like the actor, but his voice asthe voice over was a little stiff, making it a little hard to listen to.
That minor thing is the only thing wrong with the movie (in my personal opinion). The action sequences were amazing and the strength the characters had was great. The duo team of scientist were hilarious. They were polar opposites and were great as that. You had the stiff/serious British Scientist and the cool American one who have to join with one another in order to solve the mystery that is the Kaiju. They were simply hilarious, especially when you bring in Ron Perlman into the mix, well that’s just a recipe for a good time if askme (which hopefully you are if you’re reading this). All the characters were great with one another; there was great chemistry between each of them. No complaints on the acting.
And finally, there were the special effects. THOSE WERE AMAZING! The machines and the aesthetics of the monsters were mind blowing and spectacular. Guillermo del Toro has a gift with cinematography. He is able to weave in beauty with everything he does, despite the fact that he creates monsters. This movie hooks you and will keep you glued to your seat until the very last second. ★★★ (A)