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(Deadline)   Godzilla is a monster hit at the box office, bringing in $92 million and securing its place at the top, knocking Neighbors to the #2 spot, and Jon Hamm's Million Dollar Arm debuts at #4 while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 tumbles to #3   (deadline.com) divider line 148
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2014-05-18 11:44:29 AM
Save your money on Godzilla, it's this Year's Battleship, IMO.
 
2014-05-18 12:34:12 PM
I give the Godzilla scenes 5 stars.  The human scenes (which are 70% of the movie) 2 stars.

They waste the talent of both Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe and focus instead on stone-face boy and the Other Olsen Girl.

WHAR GODZILLA?  WHAR?
 
2014-05-18 12:46:50 PM
I thought this was a fantastic Godzilla movie. I think it takes the right tone by not going overboard with the scenes of destruction until the final act, and even then it's pretty restrained, going with a "less is more" kind of attitude. I especially loved the role Godzilla played in the movie, which was more than just a stupid rampaging lizard.

I also didn't hate any of the human characters. (Unlike the 1998 version in which I wanted them all to die.) Now, to be fair, they mostly served the plot and could have had more depth. Pacific Rim did manage to have more compelling characters amid the monsters, so it is possible to have depth in this kind of movie. But it's a minor flaw, and the fact that they don't get in the way of enjoying the movie is good enough for me.

I do plan to see it again. I just cant decide if I should see it in 3D Imax or not.
 
2014-05-18 01:15:51 PM

StrikitRich: Save your money on Godzilla, it's this Year's Battleship, IMO.


but battleship was farking great
 
2014-05-18 01:18:18 PM

Ned Stark: StrikitRich: Save your money on Godzilla, it's this Year's Battleship, IMO.

but battleship was farking great


Yep. Did he mean that as an insult?
 
2014-05-18 01:19:40 PM
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2014-05-18 01:22:52 PM
Godzilla was great
Haters gonna hate
 
2014-05-18 01:28:13 PM
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2014-05-18 01:31:57 PM
Godzilla 2014 can be broken up into thirds. the first third and last third are farking amazing, the middle third is pretty meh. All in all, it actually felt like a Godzilla movie too which is what really mattered to me the most.
 
2014-05-18 01:32:20 PM

soporific: I thought this was a fantastic Godzilla movie. I think it takes the right tone by not going overboard with the scenes of destruction until the final act, and even then it's pretty restrained, going with a "less is more" kind of attitude. I especially loved the role Godzilla played in the movie, which was more than just a stupid rampaging lizard.

I also didn't hate any of the human characters. (Unlike the 1998 version in which I wanted them all to die.) Now, to be fair, they mostly served the plot and could have had more depth. Pacific Rim did manage to have more compelling characters amid the monsters, so it is possible to have depth in this kind of movie. But it's a minor flaw, and the fact that they don't get in the way of enjoying the movie is good enough for me.

I do plan to see it again. I just cant decide if I should see it in 3D Imax or not.


I think the IMAX was well worth the extra cost. Saw it yesterday, and the whole family loved it.
 
2014-05-18 01:32:46 PM
It was great. During one scene, everyone  in the theater went 'hell yeah!'
 
2014-05-18 01:34:13 PM
Not enough Japanese people
 
2014-05-18 01:37:03 PM
Godzilla was OK. Too much time spent on our Eagle Scout hero.

Million Dollar Arm is formulaic, but a decent sit. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, etc etc.
 
2014-05-18 01:38:16 PM
Coming from the guy who did 'Monsters', I think we got out money's worth.  I was really happy that they folded in the traditional Godzilla history and cultural purposes / tropes  of the original as well.

The slow burn was great too.  In many ways this film was an homage to Jaws in how it treated Godzilla.

unspeakablegibberer.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-18 01:40:36 PM
soporific:

I do plan to see it again. I just cant decide if I should see it in 3D Imax or not.

I saw it in IMAX 3D and it was farking amazing. I thought it was completely worth it. I hate 3D with a passion and I think after this movie I've softened up a bit and don't hate it as much. The 3D isn't gimmicky but very supportive and gives an excellent depth to the visuals. I can't believe I'm actually recommending someone to watch a movie in 3D. I was initially hoping to catch an IMAX only showing but couldn't find any.

As for the movie right now I'd give it a 7/10. Action and story was great but the human characters like the kickass guy could've been much better. Watanabe was also wasted. Cranston was definitely the best of the bunch. Wished his role was beefier.
 
2014-05-18 01:52:13 PM
$92 million? Not bad for a supporting character in his own movie.

Think of how much he might have earned as the headliner!
 
2014-05-18 01:55:25 PM
Obligatory.
 
2014-05-18 01:56:07 PM
Godzilla was god farking awful. Just awful. Like 1998 Godzilla with Ferris Bueller was more watchable. At least that movie had a Godzilla monster in it. You get a grand total of like 10 minutes of Godzilla screen time. And don't give me that crap that the director was building tension before the big reveal, like Jaws. Jaws was a work of art, this was a pile of shiat. We came to a Godzilla movie to see Godzilla duke it out with another giant monster. The first time the monsters both get to the same island, the only footage we see of them duking it out was in the background on the goddamn tv a kid was watching. WTF? Thats the main thing I want to see, not worried about whether soldier boy Ford's feelings were hurt. Or its in the background over a characters shoulder out of focus. We came to see a Godzilla movie, you know what that's supposed to be. And in the final 20 minutes when they finally do fight it was over way way too fast. How the fark did this pile of shiat cost $160 million?

And the plot. King Kong vs Godzilla had a more coherent plot. That one where the Japanese trade Godzilla and Rodan to aliens for the cure for all diseases so he can fight King Ghidora on Planet X had a more coherent plot. Good lord was their plot holes galore. Lpng, boring, tedious, and a waste of your best acting talent. Bryan Cranston is done after 20 minutes then is completely forgotten. Walter White WTF?

Toho needs to ban America from ever releasing another Godzilla movie ever again. Stop letting us gaijin ruin Godzilla.
 
2014-05-18 01:58:25 PM
Obligatory, Take 2

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2014-05-18 01:59:51 PM

Shelbyville: Godzilla was god farking awful. Just awful. Like 1998 Godzilla with Ferris Bueller was more watchable. At least that movie had a Godzilla monster in it. You get a grand total of like 10 minutes of Godzilla screen time. And don't give me that crap that the director was building tension before the big reveal, like Jaws. Jaws was a work of art, this was a pile of shiat. We came to a Godzilla movie to see Godzilla duke it out with another giant monster. The first time the monsters both get to the same island, the only footage we see of them duking it out was in the background on the goddamn tv a kid was watching. WTF? Thats the main thing I want to see, not worried about whether soldier boy Ford's feelings were hurt. Or its in the background over a characters shoulder out of focus. We came to see a Godzilla movie, you know what that's supposed to be. And in the final 20 minutes when they finally do fight it was over way way too fast. How the fark did this pile of shiat cost $160 million?

And the plot. King Kong vs Godzilla had a more coherent plot. That one where the Japanese trade Godzilla and Rodan to aliens for the cure for all diseases so he can fight King Ghidora on Planet X had a more coherent plot. Good lord was their plot holes galore. Lpng, boring, tedious, and a waste of your best acting talent. Bryan Cranston is done after 20 minutes then is completely forgotten. Walter White WTF?

Toho needs to ban America from ever releasing another Godzilla movie ever again. Stop letting us gaijin ruin Godzilla.



OMG, you must be sooooo darn cool for absolutely hating something everyone loves!
 
2014-05-18 02:00:28 PM
First half of "Godzilla": zzzzzzz
Second half of "Godzilla" "KICK HIS ASS! GEAUX GODZILLA!"
I think most of the theater woke up once Godzilla finally appeared on screen and started kicking ass.
Despite the boring first half, this one was FAR superior to the '98 one.
 
2014-05-18 02:04:12 PM

Shelbyville: Godzilla was god farking awful. Just awful. Like 1998 Godzilla with Ferris Bueller was more watchable. At least that movie had a Godzilla monster in it. You get a grand total of like 10 minutes of Godzilla screen time. And don't give me that crap that the director was building tension before the big reveal, like Jaws. Jaws was a work of art, this was a pile of shiat. We came to a Godzilla movie to see Godzilla duke it out with another giant monster. The first time the monsters both get to the same island, the only footage we see of them duking it out was in the background on the goddamn tv a kid was watching. WTF? Thats the main thing I want to see, not worried about whether soldier boy Ford's feelings were hurt. Or its in the background over a characters shoulder out of focus. We came to see a Godzilla movie, you know what that's supposed to be. And in the final 20 minutes when they finally do fight it was over way way too fast. How the fark did this pile of shiat cost $160 million?

And the plot. King Kong vs Godzilla had a more coherent plot. That one where the Japanese trade Godzilla and Rodan to aliens for the cure for all diseases so he can fight King Ghidora on Planet X had a more coherent plot. Good lord was their plot holes galore. Lpng, boring, tedious, and a waste of your best acting talent. Bryan Cranston is done after 20 minutes then is completely forgotten. Walter White WTF?

Toho needs to ban America from ever releasing another Godzilla movie ever again. Stop letting us gaijin ruin Godzilla.


www.dravenstales.ch
 
2014-05-18 02:07:51 PM
I liked this Godzilla flick, but I liked Pacific Rim more in every category I can think of to compare between them.
 
2014-05-18 02:13:37 PM

DrFuko: Shelbyville: Godzilla was god farking awful. Just awful. Like 1998 Godzilla with Ferris Bueller was more watchable. At least that movie had a Godzilla monster in it. You get a grand total of like 10 minutes of Godzilla screen time. And don't give me that crap that the director was building tension before the big reveal, like Jaws. Jaws was a work of art, this was a pile of shiat. We came to a Godzilla movie to see Godzilla duke it out with another giant monster. The first time the monsters both get to the same island, the only footage we see of them duking it out was in the background on the goddamn tv a kid was watching. WTF? Thats the main thing I want to see, not worried about whether soldier boy Ford's feelings were hurt. Or its in the background over a characters shoulder out of focus. We came to see a Godzilla movie, you know what that's supposed to be. And in the final 20 minutes when they finally do fight it was over way way too fast. How the fark did this pile of shiat cost $160 million?

And the plot. King Kong vs Godzilla had a more coherent plot. That one where the Japanese trade Godzilla and Rodan to aliens for the cure for all diseases so he can fight King Ghidora on Planet X had a more coherent plot. Good lord was their plot holes galore. Lpng, boring, tedious, and a waste of your best acting talent. Bryan Cranston is done after 20 minutes then is completely forgotten. Walter White WTF?

Toho needs to ban America from ever releasing another Godzilla movie ever again. Stop letting us gaijin ruin Godzilla.


OMG, you must be sooooo darn cool for absolutely hating something everyone loves!


So I guess people aren't allowed to not like things anymore without being a troll?

The movie was a pile of shiat. Boring as hell and Godzilla is hardly in it.

Reminded me of Ang Lee's Hulk movie where you get 2 minutes of Hulk at the end of the movie and two hours of boring nonsense.
 
2014-05-18 02:14:19 PM

BarryTheMasterOfSandwich: Godzilla was OK. Too much time spent on our Eagle Scout hero.

Million Dollar Arm is formulaic, but a decent sit. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, etc etc.


You'll kiss 10 bucks goodbye?
 
2014-05-18 02:14:25 PM
There were a few things I disliked about the movie, but it was a good movie, and more importantly, it was a Godzilla movie. The prior American attempt was not a Godzilla movie; it was a monster movie that was called Godzilla.

Could there have been more scenes of the monsters actually fighting without being cut away? Of course. The argument could be made that it made the final battle more climactic, but... I just wanted to see more monsters duking it out.
 
2014-05-18 02:15:02 PM

StrikitRich: Save your money on Godzilla, it's this Year's Battleship, IMO.


Going see it this week, don't give a damn what people say
 
2014-05-18 02:16:27 PM
Saw it. Loved it. Next question.
 
2014-05-18 02:19:59 PM

JonBuck: Saw it. Loved it. Next question.


If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around, does it make a sound?
 
2014-05-18 02:23:29 PM
1 guy on the internet didn't like it. I wonder if I should base my entertainment for the evening based on his opinion.

/Long Live The King.
 
2014-05-18 02:26:51 PM

Shelbyville: So I guess people aren't allowed to not like things anymore without being a troll?

The movie was a pile of shiat. Boring as hell and Godzilla is hardly in it.


My husband has been a *huge* fan of the Godzilla franchise since he saw it broadcast on TV back in the sixties.  (Yes, we are that old.)  He convinced me that we had to go see the new movie this weekend, and I didn't argue.  I love action movies, and the last "romance" movie I've seen in a theater was "The Princess Bride" back in the year it came out.  So don't think that I'm into chick flicks or that crap.

So we went.  And as we walked out of the theater, through the parking lot, all he said to me was, "I'm sorry.  I'm soooo sorry."  Honestly, the highlight of the whole thing was the moment I turned to him and said, "Hey, look, it's Kick-Ass!"
 
2014-05-18 02:30:03 PM

lousyskater: Godzilla 2014 can be broken up into thirds. the first third and last third are farking amazing, the middle third is pretty meh. All in all, it actually felt like a Godzilla movie too which is what really mattered to me the most.


I would say this is my assessment as well.

Spoilers!!!!

The first third was great, and everything building up to the MUTOs escaping was good. Then Bryan Cranston dies and everything gets boring and lengthy. Then Godzilla shows up in San Francisco to take on the MUTOs and it picks up a little (while still teasing everyone without showing anything) then the final battle, which I found a little too quiet for a monster movie, but still pretty good. That scene when Godzilla slowly amps up his radioactive breath gave me chills. Holy shiat that was awesome! But then when it's not really effective immediately after he uses it, I was disappointed. Until he cracked open the MUTOs mouth and vomited his radioactive death down his throat. Bad ass. I ended up disappointed by the film because of the two monster fights they cut away from that we could have seen, but overall, I thought it was good. Just lackluster according to my expectations. I'd see it again. I'm actually considering going back today now that I know what to expect.
 
2014-05-18 02:39:35 PM
soporific:

I do plan to see it again. I just cant decide if I should see it in 3D Imax or not.


You are going to see the same movie in the theater again? Why would you waste money like that? Is your memory so bad that the entire movie was wiped immediately upon exiting the theater?

I could understand going to see a really amazing movie more than once...but Godzilla?
 
2014-05-18 02:42:33 PM
Course I'm betting this coming weekend X-Men Days of Future Past is going to retcon Godzilla's weekend box office.
 
2014-05-18 02:43:21 PM

Doktor_Zhivago: Not enough Japanese people


I bet they didn't even mention the Fukushima incident .
 
2014-05-18 02:45:26 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: lousyskater: Godzilla 2014 can be broken up into thirds. the first third and last third are farking amazing, the middle third is pretty meh. All in all, it actually felt like a Godzilla movie too which is what really mattered to me the most.

I would say this is my assessment as well.

Spoilers!!!!

The first third was great, and everything building up to the MUTOs escaping was good. Then Bryan Cranston dies and everything gets boring and lengthy. Then Godzilla shows up in San Francisco to take on the MUTOs and it picks up a little (while still teasing everyone without showing anything) then the final battle, which I found a little too quiet for a monster movie, but still pretty good. That scene when Godzilla slowly amps up his radioactive breath gave me chills. Holy shiat that was awesome! But then when it's not really effective immediately after he uses it, I was disappointed. Until he cracked open the MUTOs mouth and vomited his radioactive death down his throat. Bad ass. I ended up disappointed by the film because of the two monster fights they cut away from that we could have seen, but overall, I thought it was good. Just lackluster according to my expectations. I'd see it again. I'm actually considering going back today now that I know what to expect.


If you pay attention to the TV Tropes site, then Godzilla was changing his tactics. He went the brute force route against mama MUTO, and when that didn't work, opted for a surprise sneak attack finisher.

One of the things I liked about the movie was that they really emphasized the whole idea of "It's HIS world; we just live in it."
 
2014-05-18 02:45:42 PM

AdrienVeidt: I liked this Godzilla flick, but I liked Pacific Rim more in every category I can think of to compare between them.


There have been a lot of comments like this on FARK.  I consider this 'faint praise'.   PR was kinda neat.   Once.

The best quote on Godzilla movies I've been repeating since 1998.  "They don't put monsters in people movies--why do they put people in monster movies?"    Seems to still apply here, which is disappointing.
 
2014-05-18 02:47:26 PM

TheGrayCat: I give the Godzilla scenes 5 stars.  The human scenes (which are 70% of the movie) 2 stars.

They waste the talent of both Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe and focus instead on stone-face boy and the Other Olsen Girl.

WHAR GODZILLA?  WHAR?


It's not the actors fault. It's that military characters these days tend to be boring as fark. Ultra bland generic good-guys who can only utter generic good-guy military things.
 
2014-05-18 02:47:53 PM
As a lifelong Godzilla fan, this movie was almost perfect. While I would have liked to have seen more of Godzilla fighting the M.U.T.O.s, what we DID see was the best fighting in the history of the franchise.

This was easily my 2nd favorite Godzilla movie OF ALL TIME, next to the original 1954 Gojira. ^_^
 
2014-05-18 02:53:37 PM

BafflerMeal: Coming from the guy who did 'Monsters', I think we got out money's worth.  I was really happy that they folded in the traditional Godzilla history and cultural purposes / tropes  of the original as well.

The slow burn was great too.  In many ways this film was an homage to Jaws in how it treated Godzilla.


This!!!!!
You couldn't make Jaws now because the ADD addled audiences couldn't handle it.
"Not enough shark. Too much human interaction. Can't believe it wasn't rated R."

Now watch that when Transformers comes out there will be "To much action, not enough character development."

Nerds will find a way to dislike everything.
 
2014-05-18 02:53:46 PM
The thing that annoyed me about Godzilla is not that it focused on human characters, but that it focused on the least interesting human character in the movie.  If Bryan Cranston or Ken Watanabe showed up more and soldier boy showed up less, than the lack of Godzilla would have been okay.  Instead we get a cardboard cutout character played by a wooden actor.

A giant, pre-historic monster just woke up a few hundred feet away from you.  Maybe you should act more shocked about it than someone who was just ganked in DotA 2.
 
2014-05-18 02:57:58 PM
I'm seeing Godzilla for a second time in IMAX 3D today, and bringing friends. It's worth it.
 
2014-05-18 02:58:33 PM
Skipped Godzilla this weekend to see Tom Hardy in "Locke". Really good movie though the reason he just abandon his job on a very big day for his company ie sad. Hardy proves in this movie that he could carry any film because he is the only actor shown in the film. My only gripe is one part of the story is left unresolved though that may have been the point.
 
2014-05-18 03:09:34 PM

Clutch2013: ThatBillmanGuy: lousyskater: Godzilla 2014 can be broken up into thirds. the first third and last third are farking amazing, the middle third is pretty meh. All in all, it actually felt like a Godzilla movie too which is what really mattered to me the most.

I would say this is my assessment as well.

Spoilers!!!!

The first third was great, and everything building up to the MUTOs escaping was good. Then Bryan Cranston dies and everything gets boring and lengthy. Then Godzilla shows up in San Francisco to take on the MUTOs and it picks up a little (while still teasing everyone without showing anything) then the final battle, which I found a little too quiet for a monster movie, but still pretty good. That scene when Godzilla slowly amps up his radioactive breath gave me chills. Holy shiat that was awesome! But then when it's not really effective immediately after he uses it, I was disappointed. Until he cracked open the MUTOs mouth and vomited his radioactive death down his throat. Bad ass. I ended up disappointed by the film because of the two monster fights they cut away from that we could have seen, but overall, I thought it was good. Just lackluster according to my expectations. I'd see it again. I'm actually considering going back today now that I know what to expect.

If you pay attention to the TV Tropes site, then Godzilla was changing his tactics. He went the brute force route against mama MUTO, and when that didn't work, opted for a surprise sneak attack finisher.

One of the things I liked about the movie was that they really emphasized the whole idea of "It's HIS world; we just live in it."


Yeah, this is another reason why I want to see it again now that I know what to expect.
 
2014-05-18 03:13:41 PM

Zombie DJ: BafflerMeal: Coming from the guy who did 'Monsters', I think we got out money's worth.  I was really happy that they folded in the traditional Godzilla history and cultural purposes / tropes  of the original as well.

The slow burn was great too.  In many ways this film was an homage to Jaws in how it treated Godzilla.

This!!!!!
You couldn't make Jaws now because the ADD addled audiences couldn't handle it.
"Not enough shark. Too much human interaction. Can't believe it wasn't rated R."

Now watch that when Transformers comes out there will be "To much action, not enough character development."

Nerds will find a way to dislike everything.


My problem with True Nerds is that they'll tout something as being "done right"...and then you look at it and whatever it is, it's arguably worse than the thing they're lambasting.

Like Pacific Rim.  "It's got robots fighting monsters, and you can SEE what's going on!"  Yeah, and with all that in mind, you can see that the movie is essentially Rock Em Sock Em Robots.  Or maybe Mortal Kombat 3, what with how occasionally, one of them gets picked up and flung into the next level of the arena.
 
2014-05-18 03:17:28 PM

Ned Stark: StrikitRich: Save your money on Godzilla, it's this Year's Battleship, IMO.

but battleship was farking great


No, it wasn't.
 
2014-05-18 03:28:29 PM
The halo jump sequence is spectacular. Other than that it was a very pretty but bipolar film.

Also watched the new spidey but not in IMAX, I liked it a lot. Other than being too long (which I liked but I get how non spidey fans don't want that) I think a lot of knocks it got were unfounded.

This has like a 55 on rt. The original second one has a goddamn 92. Yeah, that's retarded.


/loved electro's music throughout the movie
 
2014-05-18 03:31:08 PM

texdent: JonBuck: Saw it. Loved it. Next question.

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around, does it make a sound?


Unless someone can provide a reasonable mechanism for how it would NOT make a sound, we should assume it does. To think otherwise is needlessly complicating things.
 
2014-05-18 03:35:25 PM

texdent: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around, does it make a sound?


If no one is around, how do you know it fell?

Anyway, Godzilla sequel in the works so better get used to it.
 
2014-05-18 03:38:19 PM
Pacific Rim was shiat. If you liked that more than this Godzilla you smoke crack out of a dead hooker's ass.

WITH that said, less of Wooden Kick-Ass boy, more Watanabe and Cranston and the movie would have be world's better. Or more of Cranston dragging Kick-Ass up and down the screen with Watanabe's character orchestrating it all from the safety of a ship.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

I REALLY thought (and maybe wanted) Godzilla (and then the MUTOs) to be Moby Dick to Cranston's Capt. Ahab. It would have been an obvious trope but it would have marginalized Kick-Ass boy and that would have made the movie better.

Still a solid B+ of a movie.
 
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