- Sep 3, 2018
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I’m a bigger Godzilla fan than almost anything else, including Shenmue. Godzilla (2014) is one of my favorite films of all time, and I had such high hopes for the franchise. Then the franchise continued.
You know, I think I’ve only ever seen G98 once, and that was way back when it first came out. The worst part about it is Godzilla’s design though, both physically and its characterization. I think as an overall movie, it’s not bad. Very of-its-era (which ironically, I appreciate more than this current era of blockbuster cinema). It’s a decent stand alone monster movie, but not so much a Godzilla movie. I don’t think it’s as bad as reviews made it out to be, but the Godzilla fandom has legitimate reason to shun the film.Just out of curiosity; I am 100% NOT a fan of Godzilla (not due to dislike or anything; I just am not a fan of Kaiju), but I'm curious as to what you thought about Godzilla (1998), with Jean Reno and Matthew Broderick?
Is it as bad as everyone says it is and do you like the look of Zilla that they went with?
I've never seen the film, but as a Non-Godzilla fan, I REALLY like the look of the monster in that film. I know it's very dinosaur-y, but he looked just so menacing and huge!
The special effects and the monster battles are fucking AMAZING though, which is why I love this film. But yeah, fuck this movie.
This is exactly my fear, one that I’ve had realized since Kong: Skull Island. It’s just been a bitter, bitter pill I’ve had to swallow since then, no matter how hard I’ve tried to adjust my expectations.Well said. I don't disagree with any of that. And it's a fair ask. Speaking of the Hollywood Kaiju films, they're willing to spend to update the special effects from men in suits to awesome cgi mo-cap, why can't we also get a story worthy of a respectable blockbuster that is faithful to the property they're adapting.
I think ultimately, the industry is not there yet to pay enough respect to kaiju films by giving anything more than great cgi action setpieces. The studios are misinterpreting that the audience only wants their monster films awesome and dumb, and as happy as I am that GvK is thus far a box office/critical success, I fear the takeaway is that story doesn't matter all that much for this type of film.
Look at comicbook films. Taking away the first Reeve Superman film, it took Hollywood a hell of a long time to realize the audience can accept the "silly" costumes and stories until Marvel truly got the balance right. Before that, stories had to be really grounded, be incredibly campy or provide meta-commentary on why they don't wear spandex because Hollywood assumed the audience wouldn't accept anything else.
But yeah hopefully if these monster films continue and are equally as successful then maybe we finally get a truly great flick. With the wealth of Godzilla material and human characters out there, the opportunity is there to make a special story with engaging humans.
Speaking of which, I just realized, is the Toho license with WB/Legendary for Godzilla up now?