the time, Godzilla can be spotted getting quite aggravated at a polite distance from the epicentre of the chaos.
However, he won’t be making his proper entrance until 40 minutes from the close. By which time, most viewers may have had their fi ll of the human characters in Godzilla and their bum- numbing back stories.
Bryan Cranston stars as Joe, a frazzled former scientist. This bedraggled fellow is quite correctly convinced the world is under threat from radiation- magnifi ed species of ill- repute.
Naturally, the world thinks Joe is just a crazy conspiracy theorist. Even his son Ford ( Aaron Taylor- Johnson), a decorated soldier, thinks the old man is a loon.
While this family friction stuff is a bit of a
snooze, the Godzilla- less portions of Godzilla are still lively enough thanks to the arrival of the creatures that prove Joe is no mad voice in the wilderness.
They are codenamed MUTOs – short for Massive Unidentifi ed Terrestrial Organisms – and they thrive by sticking strictly to an allnuclear diet.
These unhappy campers appear to be heading by sea towards the west coast of the US. So too is Godzilla, arguably more athletically amphibious than many of his fans would formerly recall.
All that really matters is what will happen when these three hit dry land. Thankfully, the extended monster- versus- MUTO smackdown that transpires on the streets of San Francisco justifi es the long wait.
This set- piece skirmish ( boosted by convincing SFX work and a booming sound mix) is apocalyptic in scale, and apoplectic in temperament.
Anyone who has loved or admired Godzilla in any of his many guises is going to get a major rush from how the majestic mega- lizard handles the mayhem depicted here.