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Godzilla Family Movie Review

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MPAA Rating

for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Gareth Edwards

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

Warner Bros.

Release Date/In Theaters

Godzilla Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger

Godzilla is back, once again terrorizing the big screen. This time man has been the master of his undoing with genetic experiments that have gone out of control. It is a trip back in time to the origins of the famous monster. The original Godzilla movies were tame compare to this one. This family movie review thinks that this one might be too scary for the younger members of the family. It is much more intense than its classic predecessors.
In this film, Godzilla is created when an accident at a nuclear power plant is damaged by seismic activity. The plant goes into meltdown, trapping the wife of the plant manager behind the containment doors. The story jumps ahead 15 years to a man named Ford, who is a bomb-disposal expert in the US Military. He has just returned home to his wife and son when he hears that his father has been arrested in Japan. His father happens to be the plant manager of the nuclear power plant. Ford and his father have not spoken for years, none the less, Ford goes to Japan to get his father out of jail. They travel to the quarantined zone and are taken into custody. They end up at the plant where Joe used to work and where scientists are now studying a cocoon that appears to feed on radiation. You guessed it, in a scene similar to previous renditions of monster madness, the cocoon hatches and out pops a horrible winged monster named MUTO. Man's attempts to destroy the beast fail. Out of the depths rises man's only hope. Godzilla rises once again to battle the creature and in doing so save humanity.
This is the 59th Godzilla movie but the creature has not aged a bit. Movie standards have changed since the days of the original. The 1950s classics were mild compared to the modern version. Ford and his wife begin doing adult activities on the couch, but are interrupted. They kiss and there is a flashback to Ford's mother and father kissing in a car. This move is much more violent than any of the earlier versions. There are massive disasters, such as tidal waves that sweep thousands to their deaths. Corpses are seen strewn on a muddy beach. Ships capsize and planes fall form the sky. There are bloody injured people everywhere. In one scene a body bag is closed on a man who was seen injured in an earlier scene. This rendition has its share of foul language, including use of Jesus name in a way that may be offensive to some. There is a scene where Ford and Elle drink wine.

This Godzilla will be delightful to fans, but is too scary for children under the age of 8. Depending on your views regarding the items mentioned in this review, it may be inappropriate for older ones too. The fighting and disaster scenes in this movie are intense. This parental guide to the movies thinks that you should use caution when taking the younger ones to this one. You need to be forewarned, they timed the release of the action figures to coincide with the timing of this movie.

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