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Godzilla (SE)
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Apr 18, 2006 By: Sturdy
Godzilla (SE) order
Director:
Roland Emmerich

Actors:
Matthew Broderick
Jean Reno
Hank Azaria

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A giant lizard makes its way to New York City and only the French and the worm guy can save the city from being overrun with more giant lizards.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I havent seen this version of GODZILLA since the summer of 1998, when I saw it at the theater. I was anxious to watch this again because I thought it surely couldnt be as bad as I remember it. You might be thinking the same thing, so take it from me when I say that this movie is just as bad as you remember it.

I think what makes this film so bad is that Peter Jackson was able to make a monster movie with heart, soul and depth. Those three things are completely lacking in GODZILLA and thats not even the films weak points. Somehow, Roland Emmerich manages to get career worst performances from such talented actors like Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer. Also, I had completely forgotten how horrible the lead actress (Maria Pitillo) was, but her performance was miserable and completely justified her lack of work since this.

One of the many things that make this film hard to watch is how seriously it takes itself. It could have been a fun, campy, popcorn movie, but instead you get the feeling the players involved didnt realize they were funny. I do think its possible to make a decent film about a giant dinosaur attacking a city, but I guess no one told Mr. Emmerich it has already been done.
THE EXTRAS
There is nothing about this Monster edition that would merit an upgrade, even for the true Godzilla enthusiasts.

Commentary by Volker Engel and Karen Goulekas: Well, I didnt think very highly of the visual effects of Godzilla, so these two talking seriously about their work isnt my cup of tea. Also, they seem pretty uncomfortable talking in front of a camera and they just take themselves way too seriously.

Best of Godzilla fight scenes (10:10): This is a series of clips from various Godzilla movies. I was confused at first as to why in the world anyone would put any effort into something like this. Then I remembered that Tri-star Pictures just released all of these on DVD and this was made to sell those movies. This is very, very sad.

Godzilla Featurette (7:00): Harry Shearer takes us through a mockumentary type look at the movie. Its completely worthless and has more clips from the movie than interviews with the cast or filmmakers.

Godzilla Takes New York: This is nothing but before and after photos of Godzilla plowing through New York City. I dont know why either.

There are also some Trailers, Publicity Stills, a Music video and Three episodes from the Godzilla cartoon.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The dialogue is bad, the acting is bad, the story is bad, theres not enough action and at almost two and a half hours, its not worth your time or energy. Trust me when I say that this film is just as bad as youve heard it was, or remember it being.
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