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08.11.2015

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2014's GODZILLA was a hit at the box office, earning over $500 million at the box office, but there were many who were unimpressed with the film. Gareth Edwards will be back to direct the sequel after he's finished with STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE, and screenwriter Max Borenstein recently told Collider that he's currently working on the movie's script.

Borenstein didn't reveal any GODZILLA 2 plot details ("I don’t want to go off book and tell you anything that I’m not allowed to tell you") during his conversation with the site at a TCA event for his Minority Report series, however he did say "The response to the first film was really exciting, but now that that world is established, we can do bigger and even better things." Bornstein went on to say although Edwards is a little busy right now with STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE, he's pumped he gets to work with the director again, and they're "really stoked" about doing another movie.

GODZILLA has its flaws and the trailers were a tad misleading, but I still had a fun time with the film, and I'm very interested in seeing what Edwards and company will do with the follow-up. It just sucks that we're going to have to wait so long to check out the sequel; GODZILLA 2 isn't due in theaters until June 8, 2018.

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6:21PM on 08/11/2015

I loved the film....

....but I completely understand the people unhappy with them getting rid of their best actor 1/3 of the way into the film, focusing on a boring actor instead, and taking a wonderful actor and turning him into a punchline just there to toss out a few cool one-liners. They also fell far short with the monster fights or moments of awe (because most of the monster scenes involved the military).

I still hope they go with new monsters instead of rehashing the Toho big three, but if they do I
....but I completely understand the people unhappy with them getting rid of their best actor 1/3 of the way into the film, focusing on a boring actor instead, and taking a wonderful actor and turning him into a punchline just there to toss out a few cool one-liners. They also fell far short with the monster fights or moments of awe (because most of the monster scenes involved the military).

I still hope they go with new monsters instead of rehashing the Toho big three, but if they do I really hope someone reads the Godzilla online novel from Barry's Temple Of Godzilla. Not because it's a stunning work of fiction, but because he is the ONLY person who's ever gotten Ghidora right. In his novel, the monster is a genetic creation from an advanced alien civilization hundreds of thousands of years ago made specifically to conquer other worlds. It exists by processing sunlight (ala Superman), senses forms of electricity (and immediately destroys them), and converts it's energy intake into healing (meaning it's virtually invulnerable to bombs). It wipes out tens of millions of people before the military tries to force a confrontation between it and Godzilla, and really nails how helpless we are to prevent our extinction. That would be a great movie, but if he's just another monster waking up after a few million years, it'll be a tougher sell.

No matter what, we need to get more in the realm of the scientists and military trying to understand what is happening. We've had the random citizens running and hiding, and it's boring. Move the perspective to something so the audience can see all the action, plus be privy to the efforts by mankind to fight back (more like Pacific Rim).
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6:18PM on 08/11/2015
I feel that there's a nice middle ground between the 1998 and 2014 movies that will result in a great Godzilla movie.
I feel that there's a nice middle ground between the 1998 and 2014 movies that will result in a great Godzilla movie.
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4:06PM on 08/11/2015
more Godzilla films makes me happy :)
more Godzilla films makes me happy :)
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3:32PM on 08/11/2015
All they need to do is show someone stepping on an ant farm in someone's driveway and it will have more action than the first one did... that is unless they decide to cut the camera away right before the foot hits the hill.
All they need to do is show someone stepping on an ant farm in someone's driveway and it will have more action than the first one did... that is unless they decide to cut the camera away right before the foot hits the hill.
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6:24PM on 08/11/2015
I'm sorry, but the first moment he used his fire breath was the coolest moment in any Godzilla film ever. Yeah, there wasn't enough fight time, but there was a lot more than you're claiming.
I'm sorry, but the first moment he used his fire breath was the coolest moment in any Godzilla film ever. Yeah, there wasn't enough fight time, but there was a lot more than you're claiming.
9:25AM on 08/12/2015
Atomic Breath was easily one of my favourite moments. Also when we first really get a shot of him by the airport and he roars.
As much as I enjoyed this movie, it has a lot of flaws. I feel that the main characters felt wooden, except for Cranston whom was underused. I dunno. There is potential but I am wondering if bigger and better is a smart move. Maybe focus more on something more interesting than gimmicky. As much as I enjoy the fluff of Transformers movies, my biggest beef is they
Atomic Breath was easily one of my favourite moments. Also when we first really get a shot of him by the airport and he roars.
As much as I enjoyed this movie, it has a lot of flaws. I feel that the main characters felt wooden, except for Cranston whom was underused. I dunno. There is potential but I am wondering if bigger and better is a smart move. Maybe focus more on something more interesting than gimmicky. As much as I enjoy the fluff of Transformers movies, my biggest beef is they always go bigger and waste more $$$ on CGI sets that don't need to happen instead of putting it towards say, transformers transforming during battle. Getting to know the characters, autobot and decepticons. Age of Extinction debut the Dinobots and they have a smaller role than Megatron did in the 2007 movie. I would have preferred a real battle instead of the giant time wasting magnet ship scene. Stuff like this where "less is more" actually works. Godzilla needs less is more instead of bigger and better. Focus on a great story that showcases your main character as well. I mean we don't need to see Godzilla reading a book, or having afternoon tea, but make it work better.
2:23PM on 08/11/2015
If they're going to include more human characters, please make them complex and not simply archetypes. It would be one thing that Godzilla barely appears in his full glory until the third act of the film, but when you're attempting to hold your audience over with boring characters, it's really difficult to defend this decision.
If they're going to include more human characters, please make them complex and not simply archetypes. It would be one thing that Godzilla barely appears in his full glory until the third act of the film, but when you're attempting to hold your audience over with boring characters, it's really difficult to defend this decision.
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12:34PM on 08/11/2015

I'll stick with Toho

The last effort for Godzilla makes me more pissed off the more I think about it. I came out of the theater happy but as time went on the more flaws just got to me. I have disowned it as a movie in the franchise. It was just as bad as the 1998 film.

The last effort for Godzilla makes me more pissed off the more I think about it. I came out of the theater happy but as time went on the more flaws just got to me. I have disowned it as a movie in the franchise. It was just as bad as the 1998 film.

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12:06PM on 08/11/2015

Advice

1) Lots more Godzilla would be nice in a film called 'Godzilla'
2) Try a bit more daytime action and not have every damn scene in near pitch black.
3) Sit back and rake in the cash.
1) Lots more Godzilla would be nice in a film called 'Godzilla'
2) Try a bit more daytime action and not have every damn scene in near pitch black.
3) Sit back and rake in the cash.
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11:24AM on 08/11/2015
Maybe the sequel should be the sequel's Godzilla vs the new Toho film's Godzilla.
Maybe the sequel should be the sequel's Godzilla vs the new Toho film's Godzilla.
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12:40PM on 08/11/2015
Toho Godzilla would win. Go watch Final Wars.
Toho Godzilla would win. Go watch Final Wars.
11:23AM on 08/11/2015
Enjoyed the film for what it was and the final battle was very well done. I just wish they had kept Cranston in the film for a bit longer.
Enjoyed the film for what it was and the final battle was very well done. I just wish they had kept Cranston in the film for a bit longer.
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12:44PM on 08/11/2015
The movie was like 10% watchable. Any of the scenes with the military made no sense at all. They just acted like total asshats. Oh man, the things can smell nukes and feeds off nuclear energy, lets carry a nuke by train RIGHT TOWARDS THEM, hope they don't sense their food source and be totally unprepped if something happens. It was just a horrible screenplay saved by like 5 minutes total of Godzilla looking cool.
The movie was like 10% watchable. Any of the scenes with the military made no sense at all. They just acted like total asshats. Oh man, the things can smell nukes and feeds off nuclear energy, lets carry a nuke by train RIGHT TOWARDS THEM, hope they don't sense their food source and be totally unprepped if something happens. It was just a horrible screenplay saved by like 5 minutes total of Godzilla looking cool.
6:27PM on 08/11/2015
Cranston and Watanabe working together to find a way to understand what's going on and to fight back would have made for a great movie. How much more interesting would it have been to see the push-pull between those two over their theories than watching Ford take the slow route back to San Fransisco?
Cranston and Watanabe working together to find a way to understand what's going on and to fight back would have made for a great movie. How much more interesting would it have been to see the push-pull between those two over their theories than watching Ford take the slow route back to San Fransisco?
10:39AM on 08/11/2015

Godzilla needs a diet

Too big in the midsection, feet and snout are too short.
Other than Cranston and Watanabe the cast was weak but still loved the movie
Too big in the midsection, feet and snout are too short.
Other than Cranston and Watanabe the cast was weak but still loved the movie
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10:04AM on 08/11/2015
Are you sure the screenwriter's name isn't Max BorenSTAIN?
Are you sure the screenwriter's name isn't Max BorenSTAIN?
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9:54AM on 08/11/2015
I thought the effects and design were good, but boy was it boring.
I thought the effects and design were good, but boy was it boring.
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9:48AM on 08/11/2015
I liked Godzilla. I'll see the sequel.
I liked Godzilla. I'll see the sequel.
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9:45AM on 08/11/2015
Hopefully more of Godzilla also, I thought the first one was a borefest & they killed off the best character in the first 30 minutes.
Hopefully more of Godzilla also, I thought the first one was a borefest & they killed off the best character in the first 30 minutes.
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9:44AM on 08/11/2015
Godzilla was my favorite movie of 2014. Not sure why there is a feeling that it "has its flaws." It was not just what youd expect from a Godzilla movie, but it had so much more and was so badass.
Godzilla was my favorite movie of 2014. Not sure why there is a feeling that it "has its flaws." It was not just what youd expect from a Godzilla movie, but it had so much more and was so badass.
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10:45AM on 08/11/2015
I don't think there was enough big bangs In it for most people.
I don't think there was enough big bangs In it for most people.
6:31PM on 08/11/2015
It had huge flaws (including losing Cranston, Watanbe not doing enough, and the cutaways from the action), but it was EASILY the best giant monster movie ever. Pacific Rim is the only other one even in the running, and it had horrible acting, bad character arcs, a lame plot, and every monster fight but one happened in the dark in the water.
It had huge flaws (including losing Cranston, Watanbe not doing enough, and the cutaways from the action), but it was EASILY the best giant monster movie ever. Pacific Rim is the only other one even in the running, and it had horrible acting, bad character arcs, a lame plot, and every monster fight but one happened in the dark in the water.
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