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Movie Review: Godzilla

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Godzilla 2014

When I was a kid, I used to check the TV Guide every week to see if any Godzilla movies would be playing on Saturday morning. The local TV stations would sometimes favor me with Mothra vs. Godzilla or Ghidora, the Three-Headed Monster. Loved 'em, never did follow the continuity very closely, but I've always been a Godzilla fan.

Mechagodzilla

The last time Hollywood tried to do a Godzilla movie, of course, was Roland Emmerich's POS in 1998, starring Matthew Broderick.

So I was wary but hopeful going into the theater to see 2014's Godzilla.

Well, what can I say? If you think giant monsters stomping on cities are stupid, this movie will not change your mind. But if you like Godzilla movies, this is a true Godzilla movie, complete with epic multiple-monster battles, city-smashing porn, and massive amounts of military ordnance being thrown about, mostly to little effect. Godzilla is the original movie Godzilla, the elemental force of nature who's "good" only in the sense that he destroys the other monsters and leaves (while smashing up a lot of the landscape himself).

The movie does a good job of delayed gratification - you don't get to see the monsters in all their glory right away, and you don't get full frontal Godzilla until over halfway through. The money shot, when he finally unleashes with his breath weapon, sent cheers through the theater.

There is a lot of superfluous rah-rahing for the U.S. military, with the main (human) character being a Navy Lieutenant who's somehow been cross-trained in EOD and HALO jumps. The plot actually does manage to give the humans something useful to do while trying to avoid being stepped on by 300-foot-tall monsters, and there are the obligatory cute kids to rescue, but let's face it, we go to a Godzilla movie to see cities being wrecked while kaiju duke it out, and this Godzilla movie gives us plenty of that - a Japanese island, Honolulu, Las Vegas, and San Francisco all get convincingly flattened in the course of the movie.

Yeah, it's a big stupid blockbuster, but if they bring back Mechagodzilla or Ghidra or even, omg, the Smog Monster, for the next movie, I am so there.

Gozilla vs. the Smog Monster

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Graeme Sutton
May. 18th, 2014 08:52 am (UTC)
Was the navy lieutenant specifically stated to be a SEAL? It seems these days you can't make a military movie without Fetishizing the Navy SEALs.
inverarity
May. 18th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
No, he's not a SEAL, though he was damn near a super-soldier.
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