Godzilla definitely stole the show in yet another American remake featuring the iconic Japanese reptile. The highlight of the movie, directed by Gareth Edwards, was a huge monster fight scene which served as a dramatic conclusion. It's too bad the majority of the film prior to that focused on Lt. Ford Brody who was far less interesting.
The movie starts off with Joe Brody who works at nuclear power plant in Japan with his wife, Sandy. Brody is obsessed with the idea that there is a problem regarding seismic activity at the plant. Brody's wife is in the reactor zone when an earthquake causes the reactor to malfunction and as a result she doesn't make it out alive. Their son, Ford, watches from his school as the plant's cooling towers collapse.
The focus then shifts to the future where Ford is a soldier returning from service with the U.S. Navy. He has moved to San Francisco and has a wife and young son. His father however is still living in Japan and obsessing over the events that ultimately led to his wife's death. When he is caught trespassing near the evacuated area that used to be his home, his son must go to Japan to bail him out of jail. Ford then gets roped into helping his father get evidence from his old home and, despite this, never seems to believe that what his father is saying is anything but the ramblings of a crazy person.
Throughout the movie, there are also some scenes with Japanese researcher Ichiro Serizawa and his British assistant Vivienne Graham. Serizawa is a huge Godzilla fan and his assistant appear to humor his fixation.
Both Joe and Serizawa both had interesting stories and motivations for seeking the monster. It's just really sad that Ford was in this movie stealing all of their screen time. The movie could have been great had it focused more on characters who were actually looking for Godzilla. The only thing Ford was looking for was a happy reunion with the family he was already reunited with at the beginning. It just wasn't enough to make his storyline the least bit captivating.
He was basically an excuse for things to get blown up in the movie which could've been accomplished with somebody going “Oh, look military people blowing stuff up.” His characters presence was just not necessary.