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2013-01-07 12:14:04 PM
So, he's doing musicals now?
 
2013-01-07 12:22:56 PM
Godzilla goes to prison.
 
2013-01-07 12:23:03 PM
www.tristanx.com
 
2013-01-07 12:23:07 PM
History shows again and again how Vodka Zombie points up the folly of subby
 
2013-01-07 12:23:40 PM

Big Beef Burrito: History shows again and again how Vodka Zombie points up the folly of subby


Godzilla!
 
2013-01-07 12:23:48 PM
Does he get fired halfway through?
 
2013-01-07 12:24:05 PM
as long as buckethead is brought on to do the soundtrack
 
2013-01-07 12:25:05 PM
That was the longest night of Mothra's life.
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2013-01-07 12:28:48 PM
The guy who directed 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'The Mist', 'The Green Mile'


Alright, my excitement for this movie went from a 7 to about a 10!
 
2013-01-07 12:30:55 PM

kungfu jesus with a side of lime: as long as buckethead is brought on to do the soundtrack


I think you mean Blue Oyster Cult.
 
2013-01-07 12:31:43 PM

wildstarr: The guy who directed 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'The Mist', 'The Green Mile'


Alright, my excitement for this movie went from a 7 to about a 10!


... and The Majestic.
 
2013-01-07 12:34:10 PM
FTA- I wonder if Darabont will put zombies in his 'Godzilla' treatment? I can hope, but I doubt it. Your thoughts?

There's no place on earth where he'll be safe.
 
2013-01-07 12:37:37 PM
::shakes tiny fist at modmin-person::

I thought we had something!  Something special..  some...  thing...
 
2013-01-07 12:40:48 PM

Every time I see the name "Frank Darabont", I immediately mistake it for "Frank Drebin". I think The Walking dead would have been quite different if he were at the helm.


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"Walking Dead Squad!"
 
2013-01-07 12:48:18 PM

CarnySaur: wildstarr: The guy who directed 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'The Mist', 'The Green Mile'


Alright, my excitement for this movie went from a 7 to about a 10!

... and The Majestic.


I really don't understand the hate some people have for it. I only saw it once, but have memories of it being clever and sweet.
 
2013-01-07 12:56:37 PM
i2.listal.com

He can handle it.
 
2013-01-07 12:58:23 PM
Dear Hollywood.
re: you making Godzilla movies.

No...
Just...
.
.
.
.no

Sincerely,
Baka-san
 
2013-01-07 01:07:26 PM
millionmonkeytheater.com

www.tofugu.com

I tried to take it back, boss. I TRIED TO TAKE IT BACK.
 
2013-01-07 01:19:26 PM
 
2013-01-07 01:19:51 PM
My first thought on seeing the headline was if we were going to get Emo-Godzilla out of this? Or is it going to be a 'dark and gritty' retake?

I would simply prefer to see the original Godzilla movie remade with modern SFX.
 
2013-01-07 01:22:20 PM
I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.
 
2013-01-07 01:29:39 PM

Slives: My first thought on seeing the headline was if we were going to get Emo-Godzilla out of this? Or is it going to be a 'dark and gritty' retake?

I would simply prefer to see the original Godzilla movie remade with modern SFX.


Got it backward. Take the modern Godzilla and remake it with orignal "SFX." That's what always made it work.
 
2013-01-07 01:34:36 PM

CarnySaur: wildstarr: The guy who directed 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'The Mist', 'The Green Mile'


Alright, my excitement for this movie went from a 7 to about a 10!

... and The Majestic.


Hey, with Shawshank and The Green Mile to his resume, he could have directed Ishtar and I would still be excited.
 
2013-01-07 01:34:52 PM
So will Shane and Dale be in it?
 
2013-01-07 01:39:38 PM
cdn2.mamapop.com

T-God, have you seen Carl? I told him to stay in the house.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-07 01:42:38 PM

Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.


It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.
 
2013-01-07 01:48:21 PM

robertus: [cdn2.mamapop.com image 850x478]

T-God, have you seen Carl? I told him to stay in the house.

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500 points to you.

/would LOL again
 
2013-01-07 01:53:37 PM

wildstarr: Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.

It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.


Aren't there several Frankenstein adaptations in the works? Maybe that's the next thing.
 
2013-01-07 01:55:51 PM

wildstarr: Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.

It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.


Creatures from various colored lagoons?
C.H.U.D.s?
Mermen?
Trolls?
Mummies?
Slenderman?

Tell me what it's gonna be! I must know!
 
2013-01-07 01:56:26 PM

NeoCortex42: wildstarr: Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.

It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.

Aren't there several Frankenstein adaptations in the works? Maybe that's the next thing.


Isn't Frankenstein still a zombie story?
 
2013-01-07 01:56:45 PM

robertus: T-God, have you seen Carl?


Ever hear the one about the dyslexic agnostic?
 
2013-01-07 01:59:17 PM

JinxofSpades: NeoCortex42: wildstarr: Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.

It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.

Aren't there several Frankenstein adaptations in the works? Maybe that's the next thing.

Isn't Frankenstein still a zombie story?


I don't classify it as such. He wasn't contagious. The point of the story was never about survival against long odds and endless numbers. Frankenstein is more about science creating a single monster.
 
2013-01-07 02:14:53 PM

NeoCortex42: JinxofSpades: NeoCortex42: .

Isn't Frankenstein still a zombie story?

I don't classify it as such. He wasn't contagious. The point of the story was never about survival against long odds and endless numbers. Frankenstein is more about science creating a single monster.


Hmm, that's interesting. I hadn't considered infection and transmittal as a needed part of the story- just the reanimation of the dead. Your point is fair.
 
2013-01-07 02:23:03 PM

JinxofSpades: NeoCortex42: JinxofSpades: NeoCortex42: .

Isn't Frankenstein still a zombie story?

I don't classify it as such. He wasn't contagious. The point of the story was never about survival against long odds and endless numbers. Frankenstein is more about science creating a single monster.

Hmm, that's interesting. I hadn't considered infection and transmittal as a needed part of the story- just the reanimation of the dead. Your point is fair.


Here's another way to look at it:
Frankenstein stories deal with what it means to be human, and whether a 'monster' has humanity.
Zombie stories deal with what it means to be human, and whether humans are really any better than monsters when the shiat hits the fan.
 
2013-01-07 02:25:04 PM
So, Godzilla will spend half of the movie on the farm?
 
2013-01-07 02:28:11 PM
I wish I could tell you that Godzilla fought the good fight, and the Army let him be. I wish I could tell you that - but Tokyo is no fairy tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile - monster life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Godzilla would show up with fresh missile bruises. The army kept at him - sometimes he was able to fight 'em off, sometimes not. And that's how it went for Godzilla - that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.
 
2013-01-07 02:34:13 PM
I'm no Godzilla expert, but shouldn't Godzilla be the type of movie you DON'T put too much effort in to? I mean, look what happened with the "remake" with Matthew Broderick.

When you start taking something like Godzilla too seriously you end up with...well, the Godzilla remake with Matthew Broderick!
 
2013-01-07 02:47:39 PM

NeoCortex42: JinxofSpades: NeoCortex42: JinxofSpades: NeoCortex42: .

Isn't Frankenstein still a zombie story?

I don't classify it as such. He wasn't contagious. The point of the story was never about survival against long odds and endless numbers. Frankenstein is more about science creating a single monster.

Hmm, that's interesting. I hadn't considered infection and transmittal as a needed part of the story- just the reanimation of the dead. Your point is fair.

Here's another way to look at it:
Frankenstein stories deal with what it means to be human, and whether a 'monster' has humanity.
Zombie stories deal with what it means to be human, and whether humans are really any better than monsters when the shiat hits the fan.


THIS is why I disagree with the idea that people somehow turn against one another in a bad situation. Our history is FULL of stories of people coming together during the absolute worst of times. Pick a calamity or catastrophe, and there are countless stories of people doing what they can to help one another.

(Granted, we've never had a world-wide cataclysm like a zombie holocaust, but then any interpretation could work both ways).

In a terrible situation, the people who might act like monsters were already acting like monsters on a daily basis. The only reason to put this in films is because conflict creates drama, which is an easy out for screenwriters.
 
2013-01-07 02:51:14 PM

JinxofSpades: wildstarr: Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.

It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.

Creatures from various colored lagoons?
C.H.U.D.s?
Mermen?
Trolls?
Mummies?
Slenderman?

Tell me what it's gonna be! I must know!


Classic fantasy "re-imagined"? We've got a dark and gritty Jack and the Beanstalk and Hansel and Gretel coming up this year.
 
2013-01-07 02:57:24 PM
We each owe a death -there are no exceptions, but oh God, sometimes the Green Mile feels so long *sound of a leather glove being dragged down a base string*
 
2013-01-07 02:57:44 PM

ArkPanda: JinxofSpades: wildstarr: Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.

It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.

Creatures from various colored lagoons?
C.H.U.D.s?
Mermen?
Trolls?
Mummies?
Slenderman?

Tell me what it's gonna be! I must know!

Classic fantasy "re-imagined"? We've got a dark and gritty Jack and the Beanstalk and Hansel and Gretel coming up this year.


After my post, I had the same thought. Snow White and The Huntsman, Once Upon a Time, etc. Fairy Tales are the new Twilight. I think you're right.
 
2013-01-07 02:59:27 PM

NeoCortex42: JinxofSpades: NeoCortex42: wildstarr: Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.

It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.

Aren't there several Frankenstein adaptations in the works? Maybe that's the next thing.

Isn't Frankenstein still a zombie story?

I don't classify it as such. He wasn't contagious. The point of the story was never about survival against long odds and endless numbers. Frankenstein is more about science creating a single monster.


Taking something from God's domain, a modern Prometheus if you will.
 
2013-01-07 02:59:55 PM

fearmongert: So, Godzilla will spend half of the movie on the farm?


Half of Godzilla Final Wars he wasnt around. Movie is so bad it is awesome.
 
2013-01-07 03:05:35 PM
They can't top Godzilla vs Megaguirus.
 
2013-01-07 03:16:35 PM

buntz: I'm no Godzilla expert, but shouldn't Godzilla be the type of movie you DON'T put too much effort in to? I mean, look what happened with the "remake" with Matthew Broderick.

When you start taking something like Godzilla too seriously you end up with...well, the Godzilla remake with Matthew Broderick!


That was actually a fairly decent film, and I say that as a Gojira fan since the 1970's.

Certainly, the 1998 Godzilla was a better film than 90% of the Japanese made ones. Better plot, better science, better effects, and the humor was actually funny.

If it hadn't been saddled with the name "Godzilla", it would be remembered as being a better film.

Let me explain.

First, most kaiju fans have very fond memories of the "guy in a rubber suit stomping on miniatures" Godzilla films, including myself. But if you look at most of those films with an objective eye, they are absolutely horrible. The acting is bad, including the acting by the guy in the suit, the plots are ridiculous, and the science seems to just be made up. I still like them, however.

This excludes the original, btw, which is a great film.

The Matthew Broderick version, on the other hand, has some decent Hollywood science, the special effects are decent enough (and much better than any suitmation: I *LIKE* a very agile, more theropod-like Godzilla), and it gently pokes appropriate fun at Americans ("It's pronounced *GOJIRA*, you moron!"). It's got a decent twist not seen in a previous Godzilla film, and in the end the monster, unlike almost all Godzilla films except the first, is as mortal as we are.

Certainly, the 1998 Godzilla is far superior to it's near contemporary, "Godzilla: Final Wars", which is a pointless, headache-inducing blue and orange staccato crap-fest, whose only real highlight is the 30 seconds where traditional Gojira fights the 1998 'Zilla, and kills it.
 
2013-01-07 03:16:53 PM

Already Disturbed: [i2.listal.com image 600x400]

He can handle it.


Also, this.
 
2013-01-07 03:29:15 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: I tried to take it back, boss. I TRIED TO TAKE IT BACK.


Lol
 
2013-01-07 03:30:06 PM

JinxofSpades: wildstarr: Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.

It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.

Creatures from various colored lagoons?
C.H.U.D.s?
Mermen?
Trolls?
Mummies?
Slenderman?

Tell me what it's gonna be! I must know!


Boogens
 
2013-01-07 03:31:30 PM

dittybopper: Let me explain.....


Nods and smiles politely. ((slowly backs out of thread, all the while smiling))
 
2013-01-07 03:55:42 PM

buntz: dittybopper: Let me explain.....

Nods and smiles politely. ((slowly backs out of thread, all the while smiling))


The Heisei era Gamera movies were how you do kaiju films.
 
2013-01-07 03:56:17 PM

Fano: JinxofSpades: wildstarr: Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.

It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.

Creatures from various colored lagoons?
C.H.U.D.s?
Mermen?
Trolls?
Mummies?
Slenderman?

Tell me what it's gonna be! I must know!

Boogens


Assblasters.
 
2013-01-07 03:58:43 PM

JinxofSpades: ArkPanda: JinxofSpades: wildstarr: Thank You Black Jesus!: I will be thrilled when every pop culture reference ceases to involve zombies. Jesus christ.

It will just be replaced with something new. Its a on-going cycle. Werewolves of the 80s, vampires of the 90s, and now zombies of the 00s with a little bleed over to the 10s, but something new will be coming soon. And then you will get tired of that as well.

Creatures from various colored lagoons?
C.H.U.D.s?
Mermen?
Trolls?
Mummies?
Slenderman?

Tell me what it's gonna be! I must know!

Classic fantasy "re-imagined"? We've got a dark and gritty Jack and the Beanstalk and Hansel and Gretel coming up this year.

After my post, I had the same thought. Snow White and The Huntsman, Once Upon a Time, etc. Fairy Tales are the new Twilight. I think you're right.


I'll agree as well.

Click Me
 
2013-01-07 04:01:33 PM

PirateKing: I wish I could tell you that Godzilla fought the good fight, and the Army let him be. I wish I could tell you that - but Tokyo is no fairy tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile - monster life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Godzilla would show up with fresh missile bruises. The army kept at him - sometimes he was able to fight 'em off, sometimes not. And that's how it went for Godzilla - that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.


Glorious
 
2013-01-07 04:09:44 PM
If this remake turns into another 1998-like version of Godzilla I wouldn't give you a pound of shiat for it. I farking hate that movie; the plot sucks (the lizard swims to NYC from the Pacific?), the treatment of "Godzilla" as just a big monitor lizard is stupid, and it gets immobilized by the cables on a bridge? Really?

If that's what this is I won't be seeing it, and I predict it will be a huge bust.

/will take the rubber suit over the 1998 version every time
//love seeing Gojira kick the remake's butt when they fight
///"what good is this monster??"
 
2013-01-07 04:41:50 PM

buntz: I'm no Godzilla expert, but shouldn't Godzilla be the type of movie you DON'T put too much effort in to? I mean, look what happened with the "remake" with Matthew Broderick.

When you start taking something like Godzilla too seriously you end up with...well, the Godzilla remake with Matthew Broderick!


Of course, if you go too far in the other direction, you get "Godzilla's Revenge". Or "Godzilla: Final Wars".

Ugh, I had such high hopes for Final Wars. A modern "Destroy All Monsters!" with 15 monsters? Hell yeah! Then Toho decided to have the movie directed by the guy who's famous in Japan for ripping off "The Matrix" with every movie he makes, and it all went downhill. The movie is 2 hours long, and about 25 minutes of it has monsters, with Godzilla himself getting around 15 minutes. The rest is an unholy mash-up of The Matrix, Independence Day, Return of the Jedi, and Dragonball Z. Half of the monsters had barely any screentime (poor Hedorah), and the "Godzilla is so strong he OHKO's everything" thing was lame and annoying, because it was a way of making the monster fights shorter to allow more wire-fu chop suey.

On the subject of Tri-Star's "Godzilla", while I despise everything else, I love Zilla himself. He's a cool creature design, especially with his son Zilla Jr in the animated series.

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2013-01-07 04:45:31 PM

Bendal: If this remake turns into another 1998-like version of Godzilla I wouldn't give you a pound of shiat for it. I farking hate that movie; the plot sucks (the lizard swims to NYC from the Pacific?), the treatment of "Godzilla" as just a big monitor lizard is stupid, and it gets immobilized by the cables on a bridge? Really?

If that's what this is I won't be seeing it, and I predict it will be a huge bust.

/will take the rubber suit over the 1998 version every time
//love seeing Gojira kick the remake's butt when they fight
///"what good is this monster??"


Blame Devlin and Emmerich for wanting "a realistic Godzilla". Apparently being a 200-foot-tall nuclear mutant is "realistic" to them, and a uranium heat ray and super-healing is just too fantasy.

/they also said that their movie was what Toho would have made in 1954 if they had modern special effects technology. What utter gall
 
2013-01-07 05:52:08 PM
Anybody else reading Stokoe's "Godzilla: Half Century War" comic? It's pretty awesome. I'm not even a kaiju fan, and I love it.
 
2013-01-07 06:01:19 PM
Meh, unless he's putting some new spin on it i doubt it's possible to make a Godzilla movie that isn't just some throwaway crap you watch once and then forget an hour later.
 
2013-01-07 06:09:31 PM
It will be dark and gritty and use a lot of shacky cam action... maybe have Godzilla spawn off little nasties to prowl the subways and the like... ya that sounds like a winner
 
2013-01-07 07:45:36 PM

buntz: I'm no Godzilla expert, but shouldn't Godzilla be the type of movie you DON'T put too much effort in to? I mean, look what happened with the "remake" with Matthew Broderick.

When you start taking something like Godzilla too seriously you end up with...well, the Godzilla remake with Matthew Broderick!


Very well put. My favorite and also some of the most beloved Godzilla movies have been ones like Godzilla vs Monster Zero aka King Ghidora or Godzilla vs Gigan. They are over the top to the point you have to shake your head and say "Wow!" and have a laugh.
 
2013-01-07 08:08:21 PM

Nurglitch: They can't top Godzilla vs Megaguirus.


I thought the did with "Giant Monsters All Out Attack" by making Godzilla a flat out evil monster.
Godzilla vs. Biollante was really good too, but it's hard to find.
 
2013-01-07 11:53:06 PM

buntz: I'm no Godzilla expert, but shouldn't Godzilla be the type of movie you DON'T put too much effort in to? I mean, look what happened with the "remake" with Matthew Broderick.

When you start taking something like Godzilla too seriously you end up with...well, the Godzilla remake with Matthew Broderick!


Hank Azaria zombies to zombie.
 
2013-01-08 08:40:44 AM

Bendal: If this remake turns into another 1998-like version of Godzilla I wouldn't give you a pound of shiat for it. I farking hate that movie; the plot sucks (the lizard swims to NYC from the Pacific?),


Monitor lizards are known for their swimming ability.

the treatment of "Godzilla" as just a big monitor lizard is stupid,


Actually, it's quite clever, and certainly a more movie plausible origin of the creature than "giant dinosaur that was trapped at the bottom of the sea for 2 million(!) years" like the original film. It also allowed a bit of flexibility in the design of the creature.

and it gets immobilized by the cables on a bridge? Really?


Only temporarily. Had the jets not been there to hit it, it would have broken free fairly quickly.

The best part of that film is that the creature isn't immortal. It wasn't created millions of years ago, just decades ago, and it *CAN* be killed by conventional means without having to resort to some sort of super weapon.

And perhaps the best point of all is that it's recognized that the creature is "just an animal" acting on it's own instinct and intelligence, not some malevolent or benevolent force bent on destroying or saving Japan.

It also follows the general outline of the original film: Man's use of nuclear weapons creates a situation where a giant monster appears, and it appears to be unstoppable. Hell, even the beginning is similar, it's just that the relatively small fishing vessel is now a large factory ship instead. It even answers questions left unexplored by the original, like what does a 200 foot tall monster *EAT* (fish, and a lot of it).

What the 1998 film doesn't do is resort to the sort of deus ex machina like an "oxygen destroyer" to defeat the creature: Conventional weapons worked under the right circumstances, which were hard to engineer, but with constant pressure were likely to happen at *SOME* point. It just required the normally very agile and wary creature to be caught in the open long enough for them to work.

I still say the 1998 film is superior in almost every way to pretty much all Japanese Godzilla films except for the original, and perhaps one or two others.
 
2013-01-10 03:08:20 AM

dittybopper: Bendal: If this remake turns into another 1998-like version of Godzilla I wouldn't give you a pound of shiat for it. I farking hate that movie; the plot sucks (the lizard swims to NYC from the Pacific?),

Monitor lizards are known for their swimming ability.

the treatment of "Godzilla" as just a big monitor lizard is stupid,

Actually, it's quite clever, and certainly a more movie plausible origin of the creature than "giant dinosaur that was trapped at the bottom of the sea for 2 million(!) years" like the original film. It also allowed a bit of flexibility in the design of the creature.

and it gets immobilized by the cables on a bridge? Really?

Only temporarily. Had the jets not been there to hit it, it would have broken free fairly quickly.

The best part of that film is that the creature isn't immortal. It wasn't created millions of years ago, just decades ago, and it *CAN* be killed by conventional means without having to resort to some sort of super weapon.

And perhaps the best point of all is that it's recognized that the creature is "just an animal" acting on it's own instinct and intelligence, not some malevolent or benevolent force bent on destroying or saving Japan.

It also follows the general outline of the original film: Man's use of nuclear weapons creates a situation where a giant monster appears, and it appears to be unstoppable. Hell, even the beginning is similar, it's just that the relatively small fishing vessel is now a large factory ship instead. It even answers questions left unexplored by the original, like what does a 200 foot tall monster *EAT* (fish, and a lot of it).

What the 1998 film doesn't do is resort to the sort of deus ex machina like an "oxygen destroyer" to defeat the creature: Conventional weapons worked under the right circumstances, which were hard to engineer, but with constant pressure were likely to happen at *SOME* point. It just required the normally very agile and wary creature to be caught in the open lon ...


Then you completely misunderstood or didn't care about what Gojira was about. The central theme was the horror of the atomic bomb, a radioactive terror that came from nowhere and annihilated everything it touched. Godzilla was the atomic bomb made flesh. He was an unstoppable force of nature, almost an act of God. And it's telling that the only thing that was able to ever, EVER kill Godzilla, in all of his movies, was a weapon even more terrible than himself, a weapon so atrocious that its creator destroyed himself and all of his work to ensure that the Oxygen Destroyer, along with Godzilla, would never become a reality again.

Knowing things like what Godzilla ate was unnecessary (though Godzilla 1985 showed that he "fed" on radiation itself, absorbing it into his body like a sponge). Watching his day-to-day life was unnecessary. Godzilla is the King of the Monsters, rising from the sea to either put humanity back in its place or battle whatever aliens or other monsters needed an ass-kicking at the time. We enjoy watching him stomp and smash and burn and clobber everything in his path. That is the eloquence of Godzilla.

Tri-Star's Godzilla farked up right off the bat when they decided to take the "God" out of Godzilla. Instead of being the personification of the horrors of the atomic bomb, Zilla was just a great big animal trying to do normal animal things. The message of the movie wasn't awareness of the destructive terror of war and superweapons, but yet another Man vs Nature cheapie where Man wins once again. None of the characters were interesting or even tolerable. Half of the movie was a remake of "Jurassic Park". Zilla barely did any damage while he was in New York. The only similarity between Zilla and Godzilla was the fact they were both reptiles mutated by atomic bombs. The movie failed as a Godzilla film, and it failed as a film period in many other ways.
 
2013-01-10 03:09:26 AM
Hell, "Cloverfield" was a better Godzilla movie than Tri-Star's "Godzilla".
 
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