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Godzilla (Edwards, 2014) — The Reviews Thread

Old 05-16-14, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
Also, maybe someone who saw the film can shed some light on the end -


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when the nuke went off - how are there people, godzilla, and building remnants still in the are of the blast? Where exactly did the bomb go off? The scene after that through me for a loop, because there's no way people would still be there after the bomb went off.
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I'm seeing it again today but I didn't think it would have been far enough out to keep from a lot of damage and death. Not that the monsters didn't already cause enough death.
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Old 05-16-14, 10:33 AM
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Boxoffice.com is predicting a $76 million opening weekend. Box Office Mojo is guessing $73 mil.
With all the IMAX shows (group of 11 of my friends and myself are going to see it in IMAX tonight) I am guessing it will do above the $76 million mark this weekend.
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Seeing this at 11am today. I'm excited. I've never seen a proper G film in theaters aside from the GINO film.
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The only real complaint I have is...
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that I wish they had shown Godzilla eating the MUTOs after killing them, since he's repeatedly referred to as an alpha predator, because it currently looks like he's hunting them for absolutely no reason, or perhaps specifically to save humanity, and while Godzilla has frequently been an outright protagonist in the Toho series, it felt out of place here.
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he's the Alpha predator, in the same way as Predator is. Or the same way as an alpha bear rules over all the other bears and challenges anyone who gets in his way. It's made quite clear, during the movie, that Godzilla is more human than monster, in the fact that he has emotions. He isn't beating on the MUTOs to feed. He's doing it to remind everyone he's in charge. Which adds a wonderful wrinkle into the whole movie. This movie is about putting Godzilla into a hero role, rather than a city-crushing monster-consuming predator.
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I kept wondering about the long skeletal remains found in the Philippines and if it was supposed to be Manda.
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How is the 3d effect for this?
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It's pretty three dimensional.
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I really wanted to like it, but it just didn't do much for me. Both Cranston and Godzilla were barely in the film. Also wasn't very fun or exciting to me. Guess I'm more of a Pacific Rim kinda guy, friggin' LOVED that giant monster flick...
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My answer for that is...
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he's the Alpha predator, in the same way as Predator is. Or the same way as an alpha bear rules over all the other bears and challenges anyone who gets in his way. It's made quite clear, during the movie, that Godzilla is more human than monster, in the fact that he has emotions. He isn't beating on the MUTOs to feed. He's doing it to remind everyone he's in charge. Which adds a wonderful wrinkle into the whole movie. This movie is about putting Godzilla into a hero role, rather than a city-crushing monster-consuming predator.
I guess? Seems kind of flimsy to me. Or, if that's the route they were going, they should have made that clear. There's too much of Ken Watanabe saying that he's there to "restore balance". It's vague. Again, it's a nitpick, but I think it would have made the movie stronger if they have chosen a specific motivation and stuck with it.
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Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
Also, maybe someone who saw the film can shed some light on the end -


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when the nuke went off - how are there people, godzilla, and building remnants still in the area of the blast? Where exactly did the bomb go off? The scene after that threw me for a loop, because there's no way people would still be there after the bomb went off. There's radioactive fallout everywhere.
I read a theory that G absorbed much of the fallout after he was gassed out from putting a beat down on the MUTOs. Does it make sense? No, but I'll allow it.

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I kept wondering about the long skeletal remains found in the Philippines and if it was supposed to be Manda.
It was another member of G's species. The film really should've taken more time to explain G's origins because a lot of reviews I've been reading have made the same comment.
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It was another member of G's species. The film really should've taken more time to explain G's origins because a lot of reviews I've been reading have made the same comment.
I actually thought it was
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I really wanted to like it, but it just didn't do much for me. Both Cranston and Godzilla were barely in the film. Also wasn't very fun or exciting to me. Guess I'm more of a Pacific Rim kinda guy, friggin' LOVED that giant monster flick...
I really like PR and I really liked Godzilla. So there's that.
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I thought it was clear that this IS the 1954 Godzilla.
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I thought it was clear that this IS the 1954 Godzilla.
Yeah. This was the same G.

Also to wtf happened to the big boom at the end? It was far away it just didn't do a good job of showing us that. SF was fine... Well, fine in terms of fallout... Not so much with Kaiju.

I liked it a good chunk. Could've used more G and some other characters. The first fight is a tease mostly. And it was going to get good but then... Bam. We're away.

The human plot could have been better but did it well. The cast is a great listing but we needed more them. Binoche was way underutilized. The whole cast is aside from Johnson and Strathain. The latte I think the right amount of screen time.

The thing this film REALLY did well in showing is that we are ants to G. Barely worth acknowledging. It really really reminded me of of how some animal deities are in legend. This thing was a god.

I await the BD.

Which was the better movie, Godzilla or Pacific Rim? PR.

I was thinking of this as I saw the fights in here. I think Gypsy Danger could take G down. G's breath may be an issue but I think Gypsy could take him down.

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I guess? Seems kind of flimsy to me. Or, if that's the route they were going, they should have made that clear. There's too much of Ken Watanabe saying that he's there to "restore balance". It's vague. Again, it's a nitpick, but I think it would have made the movie stronger if they have chosen a specific motivation and stuck with it.
There's also a running theme that humans are pretty much bystanders in this. Their lack of knowledge is one of the more compelling aspects of the movie. Sure we don't get a lot of exposition, but I'd say that's a strength. It's fun being just as confused as the people on screen. Endless voice overs setting the scene or characters explaining at length exactly what is happening and why, gets tiresome. Watanabe's character simply had a hypothesis of why Godzilla was there doing what he was doing. He wasn't sure. Just an educated guess.
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Old 05-16-14, 02:09 PM
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Going this afternoon. Seems like the metacritic and rottentomatoes are at odds. A lot of 2 1/2 star reviews where the reviewer just decided they liked it overall for the fun they had.
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I know they have him mention his father, but is there a tie in other than name from Watanabe's Serizawa to the original? The original didn't have any siblings, did he? I can't remember.
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Long story short, the human element of the film was alright, but the excellent cast was extremely underused. I also echo the sentiment that the film could've used more hot monster-on-monster action. On the plus side ...

But when the film finally gets to the good stuff — those prolonged sequences of monster-on-monster action — it pays off in a big way. Unlike Roland Emmerich's 1998 version, this 2014 iteration of the iconic character strikes the perfect balance between CG creation and the classic man-in-a-rubber-suit look, and it's made even more perfect by the inclusion of that unmistakable roar. Watching the Big G — in all his building-stomping glory — lay the smack down on his monstrous opponents makes it worth sitting through two acts of build-up, as Edwards' orchestration of the climactic battle is nothing less than operatic. The film's visual effects magnificently convey the scope and magnitude of the destruction, occasionally evoking the passé disaster epics of the late 90's. But Edwards never forgets that it ultimately boils down to the audience rooting for Godzilla to emerge as the champion. That serves as the key differentiator between this new Godzilla film and its previous American incarnation, and it makes all the difference in the world.
3.5 out of 5.

Here's my full review.
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This scene seemed out of context for me:

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I read a theory that G absorbed much of the fallout after he was gassed out from putting a beat down on the MUTOs. Does it make sense? No, but I'll allow it.
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Godzilla Awakenings seems to indicate that this would be the case. Godzilla and the MUTO's feed off of radiation.
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The film doesn't do that though.
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I thought the movie was ok. Godzilla looked AMAZING, so that is worth the price of admission alone, but there wasn't enough of him for my liking. Also, I wish the main character that the movie follows was a little more charismatic. Also, while the movie doesn't drag terribly bad, I think the movie could have easily been shorter.
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I thought the movie was ok. Godzilla looked AMAZING, so that is worth the price of admission alone, but there wasn't enough of him for my liking. Also, I wish the main character that the movie follows was a little more charismatic. Also, while the movie doesn't drag terribly bad, I think the movie could have easily been shorter.
I've heard this movie compared to Jaws and Alien in that they use the Monster sparingly. We don't need to see endless shots of him for him to be effective.
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Thinking about it more, these are my main issues:

1. The wife and kid did nothing. Instead of the setup they gave us, keep Cranston alive and have ATJ be single but in the military. He's given temporary leave to go get Cranston when he's arrested. Then keep Cranston alive past the first MUTO scene and have it be a father/son thing. ATJ is reassigned to the task force involved with Godzilla, so now he has a reason to be in all those places instead of just happening to be in the right place at the right time for every scene. Cranston stays with Watanabe and wants to kill Godzilla for revenge, while Watanabe wants him alive so he can stop the MUTOs.

2. The cutaway in Honolulu was a bad idea. You just revealed Godzilla. This is the moment everyone is waiting for...and then you cut away? No. Give us two or three minutes of crazy monster fights, then cut away to people watching it on the news. The lack of monster fights throughout made the end fight feel anemic. If we had gotten even a little close quarters fighting in the middle, the ending would work much better.

And that's really it. Two simple changes that could have made this film significantly better. Not that it's bad now, but the flaws become more apparent the more I think about it.

If the BD offered 10 minutes of just pure monster action, I'd get it.
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Sources tell BoxOffice that Godzilla is headed for a debut between $80 million-$85 million based on early data. That's a very healthy start for the monster flick.
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