Having grown up watching the dubbed over Japanese Godzilla movies of the nineteen-sixties I was determined to go see this movie.
The moment I started watching it I felt I was watching one of these movies. The basic essence of that era of Godzilla movies was captured. The mystery of a huge monster going about unseen was shown once again.
The way things were presented you felt as though you were in the slightest way connect to that very first movie to feature this large creature within it. (Godzilla 1954). This is due to TOHO being fully involved in the production of the film unlike the last American version released in 1998.
The original look has been brought in the twenty-first century with the use of computer-generated effects. Gone are the days of the men in the rubber suits and Saber jets on wires sliding down to attack. Life has been given to the monster. A life he has never had before, to the very expression within his face and eyes.
In this one though I sensed a transition between these old movies and this new movie. They take you on a journey. A journey where the humans always opposed the creatures as they appeared from the sea and space to fight on the tortured islands of Japan. You are taken from just that island to the entire world being threatened. You see, in my opinion, humankind and the king of the monsters become allies to fight off the monsters that would wipe out all humanity. Possibly even Godzilla as well.
Base story I give: 4 swords out of 5 sword.
Acting I give: 4 swords out of 5 swords.
Special effects I give 5 swords out of 5 swords.
Overall rating is 4.33 swords