I saw Godzilla last night and I freaking loved it. Its been 10 years since the last Godzilla movie and this movie was so worth the wait. Time to talk about the pros and cons, with as little spoilers as possible.
Godzilla- this film reminds you of why the heck he's the King of the Monsters. Every time he was on screen, he captured your attention. Heck, at the premiere everyone, I mean everyone in the theater clapped when Godzilla first roared in this movie and when he breathed his atomic breath, which was awesome cubed!!!!!!
The M.U.T.O.s- the origins of these kaiju are somewhat of a mystery (I know they're ancient parasitic kaiju, but to steal a quote from Tremors' Earl Bassett "I vote for outer space. No way these are local boys."). These kaiju are such a menace that it would require Godzilla to fight them. The design evokes a bit of Mothra (you'll know when you see it), Gyaos, Gigan, Orga, and even a bit of the Cloverfield creature. Overall, these creatures are awesome.
The Effects- I was a bit hesitant at the thought of Godzilla being CGI-ed again (probably because of the Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich filth, I mean film). But, the effects actually helped the movie (helped to give Godzilla more definite expressions).
The Acting- Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe were the actors that stole the show for me. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn were ok (all of them are good actors, but its kind of a tough act for them to follow considering that they were working with these two big name actors).
The Story- this movie managed to maintain a nuclear theme (although, not as strong as Ishiro Honda's 1954 classic film) while having the Showa Kaiju film feel to it. I was initially hesitant with this movie because I, admittedly, wasn't a fan of Monsters (2010). But, Gareth Edwards managed to tell a compelling story that was worth getting invested in.
Bryan Cranston's character- I like this actor. But, he only appears for the first third of the film. By the end of it all, you'll wonder what the heck was the purpose of his character. So, if you're expecting Godzilla vs. Heisenberg you'll come out disappointed.
The Fights- this one is entirely preferential. If you are expecting the same kind of battles like in Pacific Rim- don't. During the beginning battles, it mostly focused on the human characters. Don't worry, it reaches a fine balance with the final, epic battle (Personally I have no gripes with how this was handled, but some people may not like this choice).
Overall: GO SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!! RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!! STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND GO SEE IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!