Just saw the movie (in Australia)
MAJOR SPOILERS SOMEWHAT
This is the godzilla we wanted, the one we grew up with reimagined.
He is clearly a hero, misunderstood, but still clearly dangerous. The trailers mislead a bit, especially in regards to Bryant Cranson's charachter and his role in the movie.
The final scene is a DIRECT contrast to the 98 film, as is another plot point the film makes regarding the enemy monster(s) (yes, there are more than one).
The movie CONSTANTLY teases you with Godzilla's appearance and fight scenes. Gareth Edwards Trolls the audience with impending fights so much I practically laughed, but the big battle at the end is well worth it. How Godzilla finishes off both enemies, especially the second one is undeniably epic. The first reveal of the Breath weapon AMAZING.
Now for the minor complaints:
Seriously, the Cloverfield body type is OVERUSED AS HELL. Does this have to be the base design for every large monster in cinema? It's a good design, so it's not that big of a complaint, but I am getting tired of seeing it bit.
Bryant Cranston is good. Too good. And that''s a problem because BIGGEST SPOILER HERE:
But this is a MUST SEE for any godzilla fan. The story is left wide open for more kaiju in the world to appear, and I can definitely see Ken Watanabe's charachter making a very difficult descision and fate in future movies regardign godzilla and what happened in the original film.
I am the squid of the vapor surrounding your dreams, sorrow, nightmares, and bootie pants. So watch out about that.