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The UnPopular Opinion: Godzilla (1998)

03.26.2014

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

****SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

Excitement is tantamount for the release of Legendary's revamped GODZILLA this summer. Many are hoping it provides the type of kaiju thrills that are rarely made by American studios, especially in the wake of the much maligned 1998 film from director Roland Emmerich and co-writer Dean Devlin. But, do we have the 1998 version because it is not what we were expecting or hoping for, or was it in fact not a good movie? I firmly believe the latter as I had a good amount of fun watching New York get devastated by the gigantic beast. In the great tradition of pulpy blockbusters, GODZILLA should be held in high esteem.

First off, why would you expect a GODZILLA movie to not be a big old celluloid cheese wheel? By the very definition of the genre, the Japanese managed to create low budget movies on a fast schedule that looked as goofy as they sounded. The dialogue was ridiculous and wooden and they fit right in with the schlocky output from American filmmakers intent to appease teen audiences with special effects and wanton destruction. In 1998, after making INDEPENDENCE DAY, Emmerich and Devlin wanted to create another ode to the movies of a bygone era by reinventing GODZILLA. While I am as excited as the next person to see if Gareth Edwards can deliver a stirring take on the old "man in suit" movies with this summer's GODZILLA, I still think a lot of folks are going to feel it is too dark and serious of a movie for the source material. You know, the old MAN OF STEEL argument we heard from many last year.

Wow!  The redesigned GODZILLA looks pretty hot with those blonde curls!

Like most of the late-90s, GODZILLA was awash in bad haircuts and mediocre CGI, but that didn't stop it from delivering some big budget thrills.  Sure,you can argue the biggest issue here is the shift from the classic creature design to a more T.Rex style, but it works within the constraints of the movie.  Purists were obviously disatissfied with the new Zilla (Toho's official name for the creature) since it looked nothing like the traditional monster, but Americans have always been fascinated by dinosaurs, so the design was aimed to help general audiences accept the creature attacking New York.  While this year's trailers are teasing a gigantic, tradiitonal take on the monster, this may have been a calculated risk.  But, the next time you criticize a remake for trying something outside the box, think of GODZILLA.

Aside from the creature design, GODZILLA keeps itself in the same formula as every Japanese movie featuring the beast.  Countless humans flee from the path of the destructive monster while soldiers, scientists, and civilians scramble to save the city.  There is levity amidst the chaos while the final result is humans defeating their foe.  So, why do people have issues with the 1998 take?  Maybe it was the setting switch from Japan to America, but we knew that was going to happen.  Maybe it was the switch from American nuclear testing as the blame for Godzilla's creation to French nuclear testing?  Yeah, because nothing pisses the U.S. off more than those damn French and their nuclear arsenal.  Maybe it was Matthew Broderick as the nebbish lead as he channels Jeff Goldblum's template from both JURASSIC PARK and INDEPENDENCE DAY?  To say that all of these are problems with the movie is to overlook what the definition of a "popcorn flick" is.  GODZILLA is not going for the Oscar, just for the ride.

Je déteste tout ce qui est à ce sujet, mais au moins l'argent est bon.

This is a movie, people! Like TRANSFORMERS, ARMAGEDDON, PACIFIC RIM, and countless other overly critiqued summer blockbusters, GODZILLA was designed to make you grip your armrests and check your brain at the door. No, there is no reason for this movie to have been titled GODZILLA, but it works as re-invention of the monster for American audiences. Fans of INDEPENDENCE DAY can easily see that Emmerich and Devlin did not deviate from their tried and true formula which has since become somewhat tiresome. Like Michael Bay and Zack Snyder, Emmerich's trademark visual is turning chaos and destruction into an artform. As the monster crashes through New York, trailing devastation gives the film crew the creative task of making it look beautiful and thrilling through the dark streets of the city, through torrential rain, and in underground tunnels. While some moments in GODZILLA suffer due to the CGI in these dark settings, the opening and closing sequences of the movie are fine accomplishments in visual effects.

And don't you even dare try and criticize the acting in this movie. If you are coming to the thester for Oscar caliber performances, you are in the wrong movie. Everything here is designed to appeal to the widest audience possible. So, instead of getting top tier Hollywood A-listers, you have a more moderate array of actors who still manage to have fun. Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer provide a good deal of comic relief while Matthew Broderick and Maria Pitillo are serviceable as the audience stand-in characters. The highlight of the movie has to be Jean Reno as the dubious Frenchman who is more than he seems. Reno is always a pleasure to see on screen and manages to both be a villain and an hero at the same time. His performance here is the highlight of the cast, aside from the monster itself.

This is why you should never flush pet iguanas down the toilet.  They grow up mean.

GODZILLA movies have always featured a man in a suit portraying the title monster, but the 1998 film took the beast to a full CGI creation. Some scoffed and still do that there is no "realism" behind CGI, but well before motion capture became the norm for monsters and creatures like this, the CGI Godzilla is quite impressive. Like the T.Rex in JURASSIC PARK, this monster looks and feels more realistic than it has a right to. You can almost discern a primal emotion from the monster while it moves as if it were really on set. Some of the non-creature effects have not aged well in the past fifteen years, but Zilla himself still looks pretty good.

I guess when it comes right down to it, there is only one question here and it is one I have asked countless times in this column: can you just turn your brain off and have fun with a movie or do your expectations drive your experience?  I was disappointed when I first saw GODZILLA in theaters because it was not the GODZILLA I was expecting or hoped for.  But, keeping an open mind and revisiting the film I found that it is still a fun, pulpy blockbuster reminiscent of the same themes that the Japanese original set out to do.  It has an ecological message about the dangers of messing with nature, some thrilling special effects sequences, and a memorable monster.  Much like this year's remake, the 1998 take on GODZILLA will forever be in a category all it's own.

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12:17AM on 06/03/2014
I think people forget that Most of the Toho movies are not exactly Shakespeare. And really 98 Godzilla movie is no worse than the worse Toho Movies. I mean can you really tell me that Son of Godzilla and Godzilla vs the Smog Monster are Cinematic Masterpieces. Very Little of the Godzilla Movies got to the seriousness of the 1954 film. Frankly if the movie didn't have the name Godzilla on it. Nobody would be bitching about 16 years later. The one thing the movie had going for it over the 2014
I think people forget that Most of the Toho movies are not exactly Shakespeare. And really 98 Godzilla movie is no worse than the worse Toho Movies. I mean can you really tell me that Son of Godzilla and Godzilla vs the Smog Monster are Cinematic Masterpieces. Very Little of the Godzilla Movies got to the seriousness of the 1954 film. Frankly if the movie didn't have the name Godzilla on it. Nobody would be bitching about 16 years later. The one thing the movie had going for it over the 2014 version. While the characters were ridiculous and stupid. They weren't totally boring. If the characters were a little more serious and without the Name Godzilla. It probably would have gotten the same reception as Pacific Rim.
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8:44PM on 03/31/2014

Still a bad movie but...

...the soundtrack, with the exception of Puff murdering Kashmir, is awesome. Good tunes by Rage, Foo and Ben Folds Five.
...the soundtrack, with the exception of Puff murdering Kashmir, is awesome. Good tunes by Rage, Foo and Ben Folds Five.
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4:02PM on 03/29/2014
I hate every single Emmerich film out there, his movies are horrible (Includin ID4 - there, I said it!) and reminds me of an american version of Uwe Bol. Having said that I watched this flick when I was 15 and it was appropriate for a 15 year old. As a 30 year old watching the movie the other night on tv I kept asking myself what the hell was wrong with me? then I recalled... I was fucking 15! Great flick for that time period in my life, but its one of those movies you forget you saw and
I hate every single Emmerich film out there, his movies are horrible (Includin ID4 - there, I said it!) and reminds me of an american version of Uwe Bol. Having said that I watched this flick when I was 15 and it was appropriate for a 15 year old. As a 30 year old watching the movie the other night on tv I kept asking myself what the hell was wrong with me? then I recalled... I was fucking 15! Great flick for that time period in my life, but its one of those movies you forget you saw and wonder what the fuck is wrong with you for watching it again. So it gets a neutral if only for the fact I once enjoyed it.
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1:32PM on 03/27/2014
Freaking great when he get his ass whupped in less than 10 seconds by the real one in Final Wars.
Freaking great when he get his ass whupped in less than 10 seconds by the real one in Final Wars.
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11:10AM on 03/27/2014
You can't compare this to Man of Steel. Superman was created to be a wish fulfillment superhero for kids. Godzilla was created to be a symbolic figure of nuclear war. The original 1954 Godzilla film was very dark, serious, and rather realistic. Even the sequel, and the 1985 reboot, was pretty damn dark & serious. Godzilla was always originally meant to be terrifying, and treated as a realistic disaster story.

The 'Godzilla Versus' movies are where things got silly and funny, and Godzilla
You can't compare this to Man of Steel. Superman was created to be a wish fulfillment superhero for kids. Godzilla was created to be a symbolic figure of nuclear war. The original 1954 Godzilla film was very dark, serious, and rather realistic. Even the sequel, and the 1985 reboot, was pretty damn dark & serious. Godzilla was always originally meant to be terrifying, and treated as a realistic disaster story.

The 'Godzilla Versus' movies are where things got silly and funny, and Godzilla became a superhero.
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8:57AM on 03/27/2014
And it's still better than Pacific Rim.
And it's still better than Pacific Rim.
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6:41AM on 03/27/2014
I've always really liked this movie. Cool monster design, good cast, and plently of destruction. Maybe I'd feel different if I was a fan of the originals.
I think I am gonna watch it this weekend.
I've always really liked this movie. Cool monster design, good cast, and plently of destruction. Maybe I'd feel different if I was a fan of the originals.
I think I am gonna watch it this weekend.
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11:45PM on 03/26/2014
All I saw was THE UNPOPULAR OPINION: GODZILLA (1998). The rest was blah blah blah. It was a fucking shit movie that couldn't hold a candle to the Toho movies. If you dug it,that's cool. Keep that shit to your self. Next you'll be saying Battlefield Earth was under rated.
All I saw was THE UNPOPULAR OPINION: GODZILLA (1998). The rest was blah blah blah. It was a fucking shit movie that couldn't hold a candle to the Toho movies. If you dug it,that's cool. Keep that shit to your self. Next you'll be saying Battlefield Earth was under rated.
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6:36AM on 03/27/2014
Ok so everyone listen up we need to keep this shit to ourselves because "dkev" disliked this movie.
Ok so everyone listen up we need to keep this shit to ourselves because "dkev" disliked this movie.
6:55AM on 03/27/2014
it can't hold a candle to terrible effects, a man in a rubber suit who looks like a man in a rubber suit, bad actors, and stories that can only come close to one of the better episodes of Power Rangers. Oh yeah, great comparison.
it can't hold a candle to terrible effects, a man in a rubber suit who looks like a man in a rubber suit, bad actors, and stories that can only come close to one of the better episodes of Power Rangers. Oh yeah, great comparison.
8:55AM on 03/27/2014
Battlefield Earth was under rated.
Battlefield Earth was under rated.
3:58PM on 03/29/2014
if we need to keep this shit to ourselves, then you sir need to keep your shit to yourself. Boom! Mind = blown, and you're welcome!
if we need to keep this shit to ourselves, then you sir need to keep your shit to yourself. Boom! Mind = blown, and you're welcome!
11:22PM on 03/26/2014

No thanks

I loved the teaser trailer and hated the film.
I loved the teaser trailer and hated the film.
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9:15PM on 03/26/2014
The best thing about this movie was when Taco Bell used it to promote their new (amazing) Gorditas and the commercial of the Chihuahua trying to capture Godzilla.
The best thing about this movie was when Taco Bell used it to promote their new (amazing) Gorditas and the commercial of the Chihuahua trying to capture Godzilla.
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7:42PM on 03/26/2014
I was ok with the first 2/3 of the film, but it's the last act than ruins it. It was a straight knock-off of the Jurassic Park raptors with those baby Godzilla's.
I was ok with the first 2/3 of the film, but it's the last act than ruins it. It was a straight knock-off of the Jurassic Park raptors with those baby Godzilla's.
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7:21PM on 03/26/2014

I love how you take a dumb on the Toho films in the first few paragraphs

I agree with the others, this film is crap, and these article were a good idea at first, but now it seems to be really reaching. Especially defending this widely recognized POS GINO.
I agree with the others, this film is crap, and these article were a good idea at first, but now it seems to be really reaching. Especially defending this widely recognized POS GINO.
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4:59PM on 03/26/2014

"Check your brain at the door"

I hate when I hear someone say to just "check your brain at the door" and you'll enjoy it. Why the hell would I want to watch a movie that forces you to act like a mindless bag of meat just so you can find some ounce of enjoyment out of it?

The reason this movie flat out sucks is Godzilla (Zilla, whatever) is total wimp throughout the entire thing. Gets it's ass kicked, runs away from the military, and then gets defeated by a suspension bridge and a handful of missiles. God damn I cannot
I hate when I hear someone say to just "check your brain at the door" and you'll enjoy it. Why the hell would I want to watch a movie that forces you to act like a mindless bag of meat just so you can find some ounce of enjoyment out of it?

The reason this movie flat out sucks is Godzilla (Zilla, whatever) is total wimp throughout the entire thing. Gets it's ass kicked, runs away from the military, and then gets defeated by a suspension bridge and a handful of missiles. God damn I cannot wait for the new Godzilla movie.
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2:43PM on 03/26/2014
thank you this have always been a guilty pleasure for me so bad
thank you this have always been a guilty pleasure for me so bad
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1:53PM on 03/26/2014

Um....no.

I can see if you were a child watching this and you have a soft spot for it, but I was a 28 year old massive Godzilla fan when I saw it and all I could say afterwards was, "WTF was that? A giant Iguana really??? That movie sucked." I hated this movie and it's still very hard to watch. It's stupid on sooooo many levels. I was excited for it when it was announced because I loved (and still do) ID4. But this is what they gave us? This film was NOT Godzilla. Like at all. If they had given it any
I can see if you were a child watching this and you have a soft spot for it, but I was a 28 year old massive Godzilla fan when I saw it and all I could say afterwards was, "WTF was that? A giant Iguana really??? That movie sucked." I hated this movie and it's still very hard to watch. It's stupid on sooooo many levels. I was excited for it when it was announced because I loved (and still do) ID4. But this is what they gave us? This film was NOT Godzilla. Like at all. If they had given it any other name it could be forgiven, but "Zilla" had none of the elements that makes Godzilla Godzilla. No atomic breath, he didn't look like him, HE'S INDESTRUCTIBLE!! He would never get caught in a bridge and killed with missiles.....that's not Godzilla. He also is NOT a creature that lays tons of eggs....where the hell is that in the 30 years of films prior to this one? The film had NOTHING to do with Godzilla except the name and the nuclear testing....that's it.

That film gave us one good thing.....and that is this scene....which I cheered to when I saw the film.
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1:30PM on 03/26/2014

"Don't you dare"?

Really? I'm not allowed to point out that Brodderick lacked the gravitas for the role? Or that Pitillo was absolutely horrible? How about the ridiculous caricatures of the mayor and his right-hand man (i.e. Siskel & Ebert)?

It was a movie about the destruction of a city that never took it seriously.....which makes it a bad movie. It was enjoyably bad, but bad nonetheless. It also had the distinction of taking a popular character and completely changing it from what made the original
Really? I'm not allowed to point out that Brodderick lacked the gravitas for the role? Or that Pitillo was absolutely horrible? How about the ridiculous caricatures of the mayor and his right-hand man (i.e. Siskel & Ebert)?

It was a movie about the destruction of a city that never took it seriously.....which makes it a bad movie. It was enjoyably bad, but bad nonetheless. It also had the distinction of taking a popular character and completely changing it from what made the original so popular.
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1:27PM on 03/26/2014

You know....

I always liked this movie, I was really excited to go see it in '98, I remember my mom taking me when I was ten. I grew up renting all the old Godzilla/ King Kong films at a really young age simply cuz I just really like monster movie. They aren't meant to be taken seriously but to be fun. I found this film to be just that. Yes, I was ten when I first saw it and kids tend to really be entertained by anything by anything, but I have Godzilla on DVD and still watch it ever now and then. I find it
I always liked this movie, I was really excited to go see it in '98, I remember my mom taking me when I was ten. I grew up renting all the old Godzilla/ King Kong films at a really young age simply cuz I just really like monster movie. They aren't meant to be taken seriously but to be fun. I found this film to be just that. Yes, I was ten when I first saw it and kids tend to really be entertained by anything by anything, but I have Godzilla on DVD and still watch it ever now and then. I find it entertaining. It isn't a "good" film, I would Never put it on the same pedestal as "The Shawshank Redemption" but I feel it does what it's supposed to do, it's entertaining while reintroducing Godzilla to the American audiences.
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1:26PM on 03/26/2014

I liked the movie

I just have to fast forward all the scenes with the dumb blond assistant who fakes being a reporter. Totally ruins the film for having that stupid subplot with her.
I just have to fast forward all the scenes with the dumb blond assistant who fakes being a reporter. Totally ruins the film for having that stupid subplot with her.
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1:14PM on 03/26/2014

I'm not sure I buy these arguments as justification

It's not really fun, and telling myself to "check my brain at the door" means I better get something in return - otherwise that just means "shut up and like it." I didn't get anything in return. It vacillates wildly in tone, starting off trying to be a more serious Emmerich type of film (Day after tomorrow) but descends into ridiculous comic relief. The physical effects are pretty lackluster and follow the very rigid formula of a 90's urban disaster flick.

Matthew Broderick actually takes me
It's not really fun, and telling myself to "check my brain at the door" means I better get something in return - otherwise that just means "shut up and like it." I didn't get anything in return. It vacillates wildly in tone, starting off trying to be a more serious Emmerich type of film (Day after tomorrow) but descends into ridiculous comic relief. The physical effects are pretty lackluster and follow the very rigid formula of a 90's urban disaster flick.

Matthew Broderick actually takes me out of the film. His motivations and decisions are frequently ridiculous.

Basically, if you have to "check your brain at the door" you better be getting something to suspend your disbelief. The shifting tone and irritating interruptions for really bad comic relief (also taken from a 90's playbook) are constantly reminding you that the city isn't really in peril, and this is just a mad-dash to stop Zilla. By the time they are bringing out baby Zillas, it's just gloves off ridiculous. And for a movie where there are command centers and people in authority and scientists warning us - that's a serious bait and switch when it descends into ridiculous humor and nonsensical and unrealistic plans behind carried out by the "serious" protagonists. I'm not a huge fan of Independence Day, but one of the reasons why it's so much better is because it understands what kind of movie it needs to be, and sticks with that. Yes, there's some comic relief - but it's restrained and used in moderation.

Not only is it American trying to make a bombastic American Godzilla movie (one that is derided not only here but in Japan), it doesn't know what kind of movie it wants to be. Particularly when you are going to take a beloved and established brand property - you better fulfill that brand, by setting and meeting expectations accordingly. Godzilla did not do that.
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1:08PM on 03/26/2014
I never hated this movie, I found it reasonably enjoyable for what it was. I really dislike the acting and the whole hundreds of babies thing, disliked a lot, but the movie was still fun for what it was. That said, it still wasn't Godzilla. I CANNOT wait for the new one. Been waiting for a proper Godzilla since this movie came out. Here's hoping the new movie doesn't suck.
For those that dislike the movie, I fully understand those feelings, but this is the "unpopular opinion" for a reason.
I never hated this movie, I found it reasonably enjoyable for what it was. I really dislike the acting and the whole hundreds of babies thing, disliked a lot, but the movie was still fun for what it was. That said, it still wasn't Godzilla. I CANNOT wait for the new one. Been waiting for a proper Godzilla since this movie came out. Here's hoping the new movie doesn't suck.
For those that dislike the movie, I fully understand those feelings, but this is the "unpopular opinion" for a reason.
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12:52PM on 03/26/2014

To the Roland Emmrich haters

If you don't like any Roland Emmerich movie then stop trolling on a post about Roland Emmerich. Of course you're not going to like this if you've never liked any of his movies. Stop wasting our time by telling us about your irrational hatred for a director. You don't like his films, fine, don't go around telling the whole internet how much you hate him.
If you don't like any Roland Emmerich movie then stop trolling on a post about Roland Emmerich. Of course you're not going to like this if you've never liked any of his movies. Stop wasting our time by telling us about your irrational hatred for a director. You don't like his films, fine, don't go around telling the whole internet how much you hate him.
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1:03PM on 03/26/2014
So only Roland Emmerich fans are allowed to express their opinions on the Unpopular Opinion column, which is designed to present an unpopular (controversial) viewpoint to kick-start a discussion?

I didn't realize the internet was for goose-stepping, thanks for clearing that up.
So only Roland Emmerich fans are allowed to express their opinions on the Unpopular Opinion column, which is designed to present an unpopular (controversial) viewpoint to kick-start a discussion?

I didn't realize the internet was for goose-stepping, thanks for clearing that up.
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12:51PM on 03/26/2014

To the Roland Emmrich haters

If you don't like any Roland Emmerich movie then stop trolling on a post about Roland Emmerich. Of course you're not going to like this if you've never liked any of his movies. Stop wasting our time by telling us about your irrational hatred for a director. You don't like his films, fine, don't go around telling the whole internet how much you hate him.
If you don't like any Roland Emmerich movie then stop trolling on a post about Roland Emmerich. Of course you're not going to like this if you've never liked any of his movies. Stop wasting our time by telling us about your irrational hatred for a director. You don't like his films, fine, don't go around telling the whole internet how much you hate him.
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8:14PM on 03/26/2014
I was hoping to read some redeeming quality that I might've overlooked. There wasn't one given and a LOT of what was written doesn't even seem true. Nothing is said of Godzilla's origins or the icon he turned into. It doesn't even read like the writer believed what he was writing (which is fine if he doesn't, but try to make it seem that way at least). I can understand if you like Emmerich, but this is one of his weaker movies (even he has admitted that!).
I was hoping to read some redeeming quality that I might've overlooked. There wasn't one given and a LOT of what was written doesn't even seem true. Nothing is said of Godzilla's origins or the icon he turned into. It doesn't even read like the writer believed what he was writing (which is fine if he doesn't, but try to make it seem that way at least). I can understand if you like Emmerich, but this is one of his weaker movies (even he has admitted that!).
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12:47PM on 03/26/2014

Thanks for sticking up for this movie!

I'm not ashamed to say I enjoyed Godzilla. Does it mean I'll hate the new one? No way. I can enjoy a movie for what it was and I thought this was about the most realistic you can get with Godzilla. There will be something hokey in the new one and everyone will hate on it, I'm sure. Godzilla isn't a bad movie if you keep your expectations at a reasonable level.
I'm not ashamed to say I enjoyed Godzilla. Does it mean I'll hate the new one? No way. I can enjoy a movie for what it was and I thought this was about the most realistic you can get with Godzilla. There will be something hokey in the new one and everyone will hate on it, I'm sure. Godzilla isn't a bad movie if you keep your expectations at a reasonable level.
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12:31PM on 03/26/2014
In the first paragraph, do you mean you believe the former? Because the way it reads now, it sounds like you're saying you believe it is not a good movie because you had a lot of fun watching it.

That aside, this film is terrible in every way. Emmerich has never made a good disaster movie, in my opinion, and this is close to the worst.
In the first paragraph, do you mean you believe the former? Because the way it reads now, it sounds like you're saying you believe it is not a good movie because you had a lot of fun watching it.

That aside, this film is terrible in every way. Emmerich has never made a good disaster movie, in my opinion, and this is close to the worst.
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12:18PM on 03/26/2014
More excitement and more of a plot than PACIFIC RIM, which bored me to death with it's lack of story.
More excitement and more of a plot than PACIFIC RIM, which bored me to death with it's lack of story.
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12:16PM on 03/26/2014
I thought it was great
I thought it was great
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12:15PM on 03/26/2014
I love it
I love it
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12:04PM on 03/26/2014

Nope! Nope! Try Again!

This column used to be spot on, not anymore, you can't say every totally shit movie has some under appreciated quality, some do, but not this piece of shit.
This column used to be spot on, not anymore, you can't say every totally shit movie has some under appreciated quality, some do, but not this piece of shit.
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11:52AM on 03/26/2014
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oh, and FYI "well before motion capture became the norm for monsters and creatures like this"
hollywood/directors want you to think their big creatures are motion captured, but truth is most of them are not - they threw out all of Andy Serkis motion capture and animated Kong from scratch - and Cumberbatch did NOT provide final motion capture for Smaug
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oh, and FYI "well before motion capture became the norm for monsters and creatures like this"
hollywood/directors want you to think their big creatures are motion captured, but truth is most of them are not - they threw out all of Andy Serkis motion capture and animated Kong from scratch - and Cumberbatch did NOT provide final motion capture for Smaug
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11:01AM on 03/26/2014
A Godzilla film directed by the untalented hack Roland Emmerich? How else could it have turned out?
Pacific Rim had several plot holes big enough to drive a bus thru but still managed to be an entertaining movie.
A Godzilla film directed by the untalented hack Roland Emmerich? How else could it have turned out?
Pacific Rim had several plot holes big enough to drive a bus thru but still managed to be an entertaining movie.
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10:59AM on 03/26/2014
This may not be a good Godzilla film, but I still enjoy it. Nostalgia plays a big factor and I thought it was a fun film.

Jean Reno is easily the best part of the whole damn thing though.
This may not be a good Godzilla film, but I still enjoy it. Nostalgia plays a big factor and I thought it was a fun film.

Jean Reno is easily the best part of the whole damn thing though.
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10:44AM on 03/26/2014
This movie just plain sucked...
This movie just plain sucked...
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10:43AM on 03/26/2014

Excellent Points

This is one of the most well reasoned and interesting Unpopular Opinions in awhile, IMO. And while I do agree that this movie is more Godzilla-esque than generally considered, my problems are thus: A- I am often bored, as I found all the characters to be entirely unlikable. B- using CGI for the creature isn't an issue, but they failed to give it a personality beyond "modern dinosaur", which zaps a lot of the wow factor they were aiming for since we already have the perfect dino-rampage movie.
This is one of the most well reasoned and interesting Unpopular Opinions in awhile, IMO. And while I do agree that this movie is more Godzilla-esque than generally considered, my problems are thus: A- I am often bored, as I found all the characters to be entirely unlikable. B- using CGI for the creature isn't an issue, but they failed to give it a personality beyond "modern dinosaur", which zaps a lot of the wow factor they were aiming for since we already have the perfect dino-rampage movie.
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10:33AM on 03/26/2014
This movie wasn't Godzilla, not because it was thinking outside the box. It's because it wasn't thinking at all! And it was boring!!! You apparently haven't seen the original which was an extremely serious and well written allegory about the dangers of nuclear energy/ testing! This was just embarrassing!
This movie wasn't Godzilla, not because it was thinking outside the box. It's because it wasn't thinking at all! And it was boring!!! You apparently haven't seen the original which was an extremely serious and well written allegory about the dangers of nuclear energy/ testing! This was just embarrassing!
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10:19AM on 03/26/2014
Remember the soundtrack? That was a bunch of 90s bullshit nostazilla that hasnt aged well.
Remember the soundtrack? That was a bunch of 90s bullshit nostazilla that hasnt aged well.
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10:20AM on 03/26/2014
except rage
except rage
7:17PM on 03/26/2014
I remember Page selling out to Diddy. That song thankfully was buried in time.
I remember Page selling out to Diddy. That song thankfully was buried in time.
4:06AM on 03/27/2014
Deeper Underground is still the only Jamiroquai song that I could honestly enjoy. But then, this is coming from a guy who loved the techno/rock mashup from the SPAWN movie.
Deeper Underground is still the only Jamiroquai song that I could honestly enjoy. But then, this is coming from a guy who loved the techno/rock mashup from the SPAWN movie.
10:16AM on 03/26/2014
It's passable as a big-budget Jurassic Park rip-off. Just not as Godzilla. I'm really glad Godzilla is taking on actual kaiju in the 2014 film, in retrospect it is really disappointing that he was merely facing off against the military. Also, "that's a lot of fish!"
It's passable as a big-budget Jurassic Park rip-off. Just not as Godzilla. I'm really glad Godzilla is taking on actual kaiju in the 2014 film, in retrospect it is really disappointing that he was merely facing off against the military. Also, "that's a lot of fish!"
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10:09AM on 03/26/2014

Its manageable

Its by no means a good film. The military is stupid, the female lead is a total bitch and unlikable, and the creature itself did not compare to traditional Godzilla. But does it make for an entertaining watch to get some laughs? Absolutely. My buddies and I have watched this to get some laughs while drinking some beers. There a far worse big budget movies out there that are simply unwatchable.
Its by no means a good film. The military is stupid, the female lead is a total bitch and unlikable, and the creature itself did not compare to traditional Godzilla. But does it make for an entertaining watch to get some laughs? Absolutely. My buddies and I have watched this to get some laughs while drinking some beers. There a far worse big budget movies out there that are simply unwatchable.
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10:03AM on 03/26/2014

Ugh

I hate this Godzilla and I hate this column. This movie was sh*t. End of story. For a good laugh, watch the Nostalgia Critics review of it on YouTube.
I hate this Godzilla and I hate this column. This movie was sh*t. End of story. For a good laugh, watch the Nostalgia Critics review of it on YouTube.
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10:22AM on 03/26/2014
"That's a lot of fish!"
"That's a lot of fish!"
12:27PM on 03/26/2014
Haha, ever since the NC review came out, my boyfriend and I always say "That's a lot of fish" at random moments.

That is to say, some twenty minute video a guy posted on the internet had a much greater impact on me than this awful, $130 million piece of trash.
Haha, ever since the NC review came out, my boyfriend and I always say "That's a lot of fish" at random moments.

That is to say, some twenty minute video a guy posted on the internet had a much greater impact on me than this awful, $130 million piece of trash.
9:57AM on 03/26/2014

100% agree - A highly Underrated Summer Blockbuster - SIZE DOES MATTER baby

Godzilla by Emmerich is a guilty pleasure for me : action packed, a lot of CGI, humor, colorfull, cheesy ecological message, a lot of cliché about France that make me laugh so much (the undrinkable US café, the foreign legion, all the french characters are called jean-something (Jean-Claude, Jean-Luc, Jean Pierre), I love the character played by Hank Azaria and the mayor, a bunch of characters actors I love (Kevin Dunn, Doug Savant)....
and they provided us 2 of the best teasers trailers of
Godzilla by Emmerich is a guilty pleasure for me : action packed, a lot of CGI, humor, colorfull, cheesy ecological message, a lot of cliché about France that make me laugh so much (the undrinkable US café, the foreign legion, all the french characters are called jean-something (Jean-Claude, Jean-Luc, Jean Pierre), I love the character played by Hank Azaria and the mayor, a bunch of characters actors I love (Kevin Dunn, Doug Savant)....
and they provided us 2 of the best teasers trailers of the 90,s :
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9:32AM on 03/26/2014
I was in grade 6 when this came out. I loved it, still love it. Lots of fun, suspense, and the graphics are still badass.
I was in grade 6 when this came out. I loved it, still love it. Lots of fun, suspense, and the graphics are still badass.
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9:20AM on 03/26/2014

Sorry dude, nice try. But this piece of shit cannot be defended.

The first 45 minutes or so are fine. Like you said it should just be a ride not taken too seriously. The problem is the thrilling ride quickly turns into a tedious bore. A good analogy I believe would be you start with the ride and then for the remainder for the movie, it feels like you stepped back in line and have to wait another hour and a half to be thrilled again. Only to be told the ride is broken, when you've finally reached the end of the line. Hell even Emmerich himself recently told
The first 45 minutes or so are fine. Like you said it should just be a ride not taken too seriously. The problem is the thrilling ride quickly turns into a tedious bore. A good analogy I believe would be you start with the ride and then for the remainder for the movie, it feels like you stepped back in line and have to wait another hour and a half to be thrilled again. Only to be told the ride is broken, when you've finally reached the end of the line. Hell even Emmerich himself recently told he really did not want to do this movie and views it as the biggest dissapointment in his career.(he wanted to do an asteroid movie, but deep impact and armageddon stole his thunder)
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9:02AM on 03/26/2014
It's not that bad as a silly creature feature film.
It really got caught in a mega publicity push that made it almost impossible to live up to.
But the big thing is it's not really a Godzilla story, its more a remake of Harryhausen's "Beast from 20,000 Fathoms."
It's not that bad as a silly creature feature film.
It really got caught in a mega publicity push that made it almost impossible to live up to.
But the big thing is it's not really a Godzilla story, its more a remake of Harryhausen's "Beast from 20,000 Fathoms."
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8:54AM on 03/26/2014
I think I just spilled my morning coffee laughing at the Flushing Iguana joke, hahaha. Regarding the movie, if you take the word Godzilla out of the title, it would have been so much better as it looks nothing like Godzilla. Still, the third act is so much fun to watch.
I think I just spilled my morning coffee laughing at the Flushing Iguana joke, hahaha. Regarding the movie, if you take the word Godzilla out of the title, it would have been so much better as it looks nothing like Godzilla. Still, the third act is so much fun to watch.
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8:42AM on 03/26/2014
I absolutely hate this film nothing about it is Godzilla to me
I absolutely hate this film nothing about it is Godzilla to me
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