Oh rats, does this mean then that Godzilla is just another modern nihilistic movie which advances the theory that the human race is ultimately insignificant? Hmm. While I suppose it’s certainly open to that interpretation, I think there’s another way to look at it. You see, in Christian theology, we believe God created everything with an end purpose in mind. The universe has a goal to which it is ultimately headed, and as a result, that makes everything in it, including every individual person, significant. But while such an arrangement makes our individual choices cosmologically important, it still leaves God in control of the bigger picture. So given that God has a plan for everything, including our planet, it would make sense in a universe that contained Mutos that God would put in place a contingency like Godzilla. God’s not going to let the world be destroyed before it’s fulfilled its purpose.
Okay, okay, fine, I guess I can accept that. But that’s all film critic stuff. What I want to know is am I going to enjoy this movie if I just want to go see Godzilla do his thing and knock stuff down? That depends entirely on your expectations. If all you want is monsters beating each other up, then no, this isn’t your Godzilla. But if, like a lot of other moviegoers, you’ve grown tired of action films so overstuffed with scenes of destruction that, by the time the climax rolls around, you’re fatigued and just ready for the whole thing to be over, then you might really enjoy this film’s pacing. Edwards teases things out so much that by the time the last half hour rolls around, you’re more than primed to see cities get wrecked. And the finale does not disappoint. If you’re a Godzilla fan, there are moments worth cheering out loud for once all the monsters meet up. So, while some of the non-monster action isn’t everything it could have been, overall I’d say the approach Edwards took with Godzilla works. It did for me anyway.
In a world he didn’t create, in a time he didn’t choose, one man looks for signs of God in the world by… watching movies. When he’s not reviewing new releases for Aleteia, David Ives spends his time exploring the intersection of low-budget/cult cinema and Catholicism at The B-Movie Catechism.