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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 39
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2014-05-18 05:24:50 PM
4 votes:
For me it was the best Godzilla film since the original.

Most importantly - they got Godzilla himself right. Even managed to make his radioactive fire beam look cool. I grew up on Saturday afternoon airings of Toho flicks so I wasn't sure how that would translate - wound up awesome.

They did the right thing in having him be the hero.

I didn't mind soldier boy as much as most I just think the tease was stretched out a bit too much. That said Edwards had the right idea in doing it Jaws style and as this is only his second flick I'm sure his pacing will improve with time.

Honestly I grinned ear to ear like a kid when the monster battle started, they hit that out of the park.
2014-05-18 02:47:53 PM
4 votes:
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 04:41:04 PM
3 votes:
This was a classic Godzilla movie. I grew up watching them on Philly's Channel 17 "Creature Feature" Saturday afternoons and I'm sure to me then the effects were just as titanic as today's effects were -- they honored the spirit of the older movies but de-cheesed them, and, for me, that was all I really wanted from this movie.

So, I liked it, warts and all. Obviously the weak point was Lt. Stockcharacter, but I suspect any chance of getting characterization out of him was given a double beat-down by his lack of talent (his scenes with Cranston in Japan were particularly glaring) AND the actual U.S. Navy script approval that came with being able to use the toys - this character had to be heroic, period.

It's a shame that Cranston or Watanabe couldn't have been our audience analogue.
2014-05-18 08:29:04 PM
2 votes:
Meh. Saw it yesterday. Absolutely loved it. This is the perfect movie to pass along the Godzilla-love to the next generation.
2014-05-18 07:30:13 PM
2 votes:
Okay, if you're biatching about the characters in this movie, then kindly give me a list of all the interesting, memorable human characters from previous G movies.
2014-05-18 05:26:52 PM
2 votes:

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


My feelings as well. I want my giant monster/robot movies to have a lot of giant monster/robot fighting. Pacific Rim delivered a good amount of it; Godzilla, not so much.
2014-05-18 02:15:02 PM
2 votes:

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 02:14:25 PM
2 votes:
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 02:00:28 PM
2 votes:
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 01:38:16 PM
2 votes:
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.

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2014-05-18 01:31:57 PM
2 votes:
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 12:46:50 PM
2 votes:
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 12:34:12 PM
2 votes:
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 11:44:29 AM
2 votes:
Save your money on Godzilla, it's this Year's Battleship, IMO.
2014-05-19 02:57:07 AM
1 votes:

eddievercetti: Battleship was good? You guys do know the plot is around a chicken burrito right?


I like the way they gave roles to actual disabled veterans...and Brooklyn Decker. Special effects were good, and the movie was just good, dumb fun. Nothing wrong with that in the world.
2014-05-19 12:25:43 AM
1 votes:
Geeks are annoying.
2014-05-18 08:12:28 PM
1 votes:

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?


Yes
2014-05-18 08:08:38 PM
1 votes:
Some people are just dumb assholes that want to hate what others do.  If you saw the commercials for Pacific Rim, paid money to see it, and didn't like what you got then you're dumbest asshole in the universe because I can't think of any other movie that delivered exactly what it promised.  And if you didn't want to see what it promised then del Toro still thanks you for the money you threw away on something you didn't want.  Morans.
2014-05-18 07:45:19 PM
1 votes:

fisker: When did Fark get swallowed up by 14 year old boys?

This is heartbreaking.


I like to think it's more like Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.
2014-05-18 05:57:55 PM
1 votes:

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.

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You could really tell the similarities between films with the train sequence, reminded me of the jungle sequence in Monsters.
2014-05-18 05:49:55 PM
1 votes:

fisker: RottenEggs: fisker: BeerBear: fisker: Who was supposed to be starring in this movie? The kid? This movie was worse than Battleship.

Methinks you never seen the movie, just here to carp

Just here to what?

You heard him .

Well, shiat. I stand corrected.

I guess it is inevitable for every website that has open forums to be infected with idiots who believe that calling people trolls is a winning argument when they realize someone doesn't agree with them.


Battleship was bad but Godzilla was worst?  I don't think so
2014-05-18 05:18:23 PM
1 votes:
I thought the low point was the "mom" MUTO rubbing her egg sac with a nuke.  Wasnt sure if that was "intentional" as in she was trying to feed them or just crappy animation.

Some mild spoilers as if anyone will care:


The humans were awful in this film. I cannot imagine there is a more bland acting and bland looking human that whatever meatpile they had as the "lead". We had what, 3 kids in danger in the film none of whom you had a shot to care one tiny lick about.
They spent a lot of time evac-ing his kid from SF and in the end it didn't matter because if he'd stayed with mom it would changed zippo in the film.
No one can explain why the nuke was on a train as opposed to the helicopter which they wound up using so that didn't matter.
They burn a lot of screen time arguing about nuking the 3 monsters....and then they do do that so all that arguing....didn't matter.
Cranston and Meat Pile spend a lot of time getting those disks to prove something and then, it doesn't matter.

....and beat goes on. Nothing really mattered in the film. Godzilla was gonna smite the critters, we did nothing to help him and he won.
2014-05-18 05:10:27 PM
1 votes:

fisker: Who was supposed to be starring in this movie? The kid? This movie was worse than Battleship.


Methinks you never seen the movie, just here to carp
2014-05-18 05:08:18 PM
1 votes:
I had the same problem with this Godzilla movie as I had with Pacific Rim. I just couldn't give a flying fark about any of the characters. All of them could have died, and I really wouldn't care.

The big problem with this Godzilla movie is the fact that it's a goddamn monster movie, and no monsters show up until the 2nd half of the farking movie. WTF?? And even when the monsters did finally show up, I just really didn't care about the story. I loved Taylor-Johnson in kick-ass, but in this movie he was the most boring, wooden character I've ever seen. And Cranston was a totally useless character. Total waste of a great actor.
2014-05-18 04:36:22 PM
1 votes:

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!


Don't presume to speak for me fuko.
2014-05-18 04:11:18 PM
1 votes:

DeltaPunch: Flappyhead: I'd tell people to stop looking for reasons to be pissed off but what would be the point?  Selective nerd outrage is the worst kind of nerdrage.

There're other kinds of nerdrage?


IMO yes.  This is the one that bugs me the most though because they'll whine and complain about certain shiat in one movie but completely let it go in another because reasons.
2014-05-18 04:04:16 PM
1 votes:
The levels of nerdrage in this thread are all the reassurance I need to know that this'll be a great movie.

Thanks, nerds.
2014-05-18 03:56:46 PM
1 votes:
I'd tell people to stop looking for reasons to be pissed off but what would be the point?  Selective nerd outrage is the worst kind of nerdrage.
2014-05-18 03:51:13 PM
1 votes:

Any Pie Left: I liked Pacific Rim a lot better than this.  Cranston is goo, and the movie seems good while he's in it,  but he is in it for what seems only five minutes, and then the guy playing his son is incredibly wooden and un-inteersting. Moreover, 8 out of 10 things he does (and he's doing them only because the plot is bent into a pretzel to put him in that situation) thru the film are FAILURES.

All the authority figures in this movie act particularly stupidly, even for a monster movie where that's kind of a trope.  Among the things that bothered me:  "we know all three of these things feed off of radiation and can detect warheads and reactors....they even ate a Russian Submarine. Let's follow this one at arm's length, with a  U.S. Aircraft carrier". Powered by... anybody? Anyone?

The boss battles were IMO too obscured by dust or darkness or storms. Much of the TOHO G's best battle scenes took place in well-lit daylight, and I wanted that here.


The Mutos actively seek out sources of radiation. Godzilla actively seek out the Mutos.

If you are going to be that guy at at least be accurate.
2014-05-18 03:38:19 PM
1 votes:
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.
2014-05-18 03:35:25 PM
1 votes:

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 02:53:46 PM
1 votes:
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 02:53:37 PM
1 votes:

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 02:16:27 PM
1 votes:
Saw it. Loved it. Next question.
2014-05-18 02:14:19 PM
1 votes:

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 02:07:51 PM
1 votes:
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 01:59:51 PM
1 votes:

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 01:56:07 PM
1 votes:
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 01:40:36 PM
1 votes:
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.
 
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