So relieved… finally saw Godzilla (2014). I am completely bemused by kicking it got in some circles – I found the film to be elegant, exciting, beautifully composed, well-staged and huge in scale. I really enjoyed it and found it streets ahead of its peers, whose reliance on the wham-bam money shot serves as nothing more than eye candy – whereas the massive visuals here tell the story first and foremost. Godzilla and co here are characters, not pixels, and it lends the film a grace that the genre rarely sees. Loved it. Perhaps modern audiences – and critics – don’t know how lucky they are at times.

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