Bigger than your mom. Hungrier than an entire locker room full of sumo wrestlers. Able to make people believe that they’ve paid for a Niki Minaj album when they hear him roar. Yep, it’s Godzilla! The king of all monsters and regular upper-f***er of King Kong is back on the big screen this Friday, and the reviews have started flooding in. So does the Notorious B.I.Godzilla wreak havoc or stink worse than the 1998 version? Read for yourself after the jump.
Currently sitting with a MetaCritic score of 60, here’s what the other critics have to say so far:
HitFix – 83/100
This could easily be ground zero for a whole new series of films, but if it remains a stand-alone single movie, Edwards told an entire story, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, it feels like Godzilla actually matters.
CineVue – 80/100
The human drama isn’t always as compelling as it wants to be, but at its best Godzilla is a hugely entertaining blockbuster that starts strongly and finishes with a mighty roar. The king of the monsters has returned, and it appears he’s here to stay.
The Telegraph – 80/100
A summer blockbuster that’s not just thrilling, but that orchestrates its thrills with such rare diligence, you want to yelp with glee.
IndieWire – 75/100
Edwards manages to sustain a grim, cerebral atmosphere all the way through, as if fighting the inevitable demands of the material. The movie contains enough basic money shots to please hardcore Godzilla fans without indulging in them at every opportunity. By contemporary blockbusters standards, it’s practically a minimalist enterprise.
Film – 60/100
The best thing about this new Godzilla is that it spares no expense or effort to deliver big, burly IMAX-ified action… The worst thing about this new Godzilla is how that’s the best thing about it.
The Guardian – 40/100
While many people might want to go to the cinema to see Godzilla, what they get instead is a load of homosapiens desperately trying to put a human face on the drama
Time – 30/100
Edwards’ Godzilla dawdles toward its Doomsday climax; the movie could win a prize for Least Stuff Happening in the First Two-Thirds of an Action Film… It’s a concept lacking a magnetic story, a package without a product.
We’ll have our own review up soon. And by that, I mean as soon as Kervyn and Rince stop treating my office like a Kaiju wrestling ring and wrecking my meticulously well-crafted scale replica of New York City with their battles.
Last Updated: May 12, 2014