Welcome back, King of Monsters!

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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

Godzilla is back! And the timing couldn’t be better. This year marks the 60th anniversary of this fierce, humungous and beloved icon. He’s been called the “King of Monsters” and he has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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A post-movie discussion about this current Godzilla film might yield various opinions on the different aspects of the film: story, characters, actors, special effects, sound, and how it compares to previous Godzilla productions.

I do believe one thing most people would agree on, though, is that the best thing in the film is Godzilla, and that the film could do with even more King of Monsters scenes.

Here’s more of what I think:

1. I love Bryan Cranston very much but because his character is not as compelling as Walter White a.k.a. Heisenberg (pity) there’s no contest. Maybe I was expecting too much from his scientist character because I am huge Breaking Bad fan. This is all Godzilla’s show.

2. I didn’t fuss or focus too much on any of the human characters at all; nor did I care too much for their stories. I just lit up like a Christmas tree whenever I saw Godzilla or anything monster related.

3. This is the biggest Godzilla on screen ever. I have no problems or complaints about that. I loved being awestruck and teased by the sight of those unmistakable, serrated back fins coming out of the water.

4. To best enjoy the Godzilla roar, do hear it in a cinema equipped with Dolby Atmos. You will find this roar to be a revamped version of the classic we all know, love and expect.

5. The main reason I want a sequel is that I want to see more monsters. I want to see more Godzilla and possibly Minilla, Ebirah, Hedorah, Megalon, King Ghidora, Gigan, Biollante, Megaguirus, Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, Destroyah. I can live with a just passable human story, but what will draw me in are kick ass monster fight scenes!

Most of the film was shot in Vancouver. To keep the project on the down low, director Gareth Edwards intended to go through Canadian immigration saying the film he was working on was called Nautilus.

However the immigration officer caught on after grilling Gareth Edwards (who previously directed the independent film, Monsters).

The immigration officer’s response to confirming that project Nautilus was indeed Godzilla? He told Edwards, “You better not f—k it up, man.”

I wonder what that immigration officer will think of it.

Godzilla opened Wednesday in 2D, 3D, 3D IMAX and Dolby Atmos formats in cinemas across the metro. Roar.

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