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GODZILLA 2014 Post Release Discussion
#1

Advanced showings are starting tonight, and I know a few of us are seeing it.  Might as well get this puppy going!

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#2
ASigh...

Okay, here it goes...

Saw it tonight and it's pretty awful. Wasted cast. Underwritten characters. Dull lead. Very little monster screen time. Massive lapses in logic. Zero humour. Effects are good and terrible in equal measure. The 1998 version was more FUN...and that's saying something.

Two word review - Monster Trash
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#3
AExcellent news! Seeing it Thursday!
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#4
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Originally Posted by doubledown1138 View Post

 The 1998 version was more FUN...



You mean stupid? Then yes it was a great exercise in stupidity.



Seeing this in IMAX 3D on Saturday and cannot wait!

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#5

So does Godzilla knock down a building? Spoil me, dammit!

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#6
A[quote name="doubledown1138" url="/community/t/150689/godzilla-2014-post-release-discussion#post_3715067"]Sigh...

Okay, here it goes...

Saw it tonight and it's pretty awful. Wasted cast. Underwritten characters. Dull lead. Very little monster screen time. Massive lapses in logic. Zero humour. Effects are good and terrible in equal measure. The 1998 version was more FUN...and that's saying something.

Two word review - Monster Trash[/quote]

"I'm afraid I've got some BAD NEWS." - Wade Barrett
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#7
ATwo word review - Monster Pretty Good..... I mean 3

Monster stuff is fantastic. Human stuff is just functional enough, which you could argue all this needs. To me all the effects were top notch. I was hoping to love it like Rise of the Planet of The Apes surprised me a couple years ago, but it didn't quite reach that for me. Still definately worth seeing. And I dug the teasing/build up.
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#8
ATotal crowd pleaser and the third act is a thing of beauty. I don't think this crop of summer movies will have anything as exciting as when Godzilla pulls out his Atomic breath. The crowd went ape shit! Stunning visuals and Edwards frames the action so damn perfectly. You see exactly what's happening with all the awe from an human perspective. This isn't the quick cutting we are so used to with current blockbusters. Nor does it shove it down your throat. if anything it leaves you wanting more.

Oh, the Muto's are great.


I agree on Rise. Doesn't hit that emotional high like that did, but my god are the effects amazing. Like holy shit good and I had shitty seats. I'll never do a free screening again. What a cluster.


Edit: Reading Devin's review he nails it.
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#9
AShit I forgot to post the weather. Thunderstorms in Chicago. Humid as fucker.
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#10
AThe final scene/shot is PERFECT.
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#11
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The final scene/shot is PERFECT.


And I loved that Godzilla is straight up predator.  Doesn't give a shit about humans, just wants to fuck up the Muto's.



I loved the scene of the first fight shown through the little kid watching it on TV.  That got a huge response from the crowd.  It was just so damn funny!  "Mommy a Dinosaur!"   LOL!  It was a clever scene because that's how we all grew up on watching Godzilla.

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#12
ALoved that as well. The tease worked well for me. Fleed will HATE this film. I think I want to see it again. And his roar shook the speakers.
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#13
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Loved that as well. The tease worked well for me. Fleed will HATE this film. I think I want to see it again. And his roar shook the speakers.

I'm seeing it again because my seats were so freaking bad.  I need to see it proper.

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#14

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/movies...p&_r=0

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#15

Don't believe anything anyone writes. Just see it.

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#16
ANick gets me excited with two sentences.
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#17
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Originally Posted by Nick Nunziata View Post
 

Don't believe anything anyone writes. Just see it.


When is your review?

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#18
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Originally Posted by doubledown1138 View Post

Sigh...

Okay, here it goes...

Saw it tonight and it's pretty awful. Wasted cast. Underwritten characters. Dull lead. Very little monster screen time. Massive lapses in logic. Zero humour. Effects are good and terrible in equal measure. The 1998 version was more FUN...and that's saying something.

Two word review - Monster Trash


Wrong.

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#19
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Wrong.


Did you see it last night?

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#20

Yes. Comparing this to Emmerich's film on any level is flat-out nuts, though I guess your mileage may vary. That said, if you just want to see dumb monsters destroy stuff, you will be bored, but that means you probably also hate the '54 original, in which case we come right back around to the "nuts" part.

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#21

I'm pretty sure he was just joking.  At least I think he is?

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#22

Struck me as being a serious reaction, but if not, then...well played, I guess.

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#23

I guess we can have one more laugh at GINO before we go see the first real attempt at an American version of Godzilla.


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#24

It's good. I don't know if it cracks the top ten Godzilla films, but it's close. Story-structure wise it has way more in common with Rodan than it does the original Godzilla, which I thought was funny.



I do think its a shame that such great actors were kind of wasted with functional, mediocre roles, though. This could have been GREAT if Cranston was the true lead. At the very least, between Godzilla and Noah, this summer has been the antidote to the awful flood of Peter Jackson and Marvel CGI-overload blockbusters.

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#25
A[quote name="agracru" url="/community/t/150689/godzilla-2014-post-release-discussion#post_3715636"]
Wrong.
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Not wrong. An opinion. And one I stand by...
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#26

I stand by my judgment of your opinion.

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#27
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Not wrong. An opinion. And one I stand by...

There's nothing noble about owning a foolish opinion.

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#28
ATell that to the Republican party.
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#29
ALOL ????
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#30
AThe dude sitting next to me during this would shake every time Godzilla was onscreen. I was concerned.
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#31
AWaiting for someone to make a joke about my previous post. "so he was only shaking for 10 mins?"
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#32
AAside from the monster action in the end, I found this pretty middling.

Felt like a Pacific Rim disappointment all over again, to be honest.

Makes sense that agracru would love it!!!

Beautiful film, though. FRIGGIN' BEAUTIFUL. Love the old fashioned score. Love that the monsters and the destruction caused by them are treated with an awe and grandeur. Really enjoyed the subtle bits of humor that's incorporated without hurting that tone of terrible awe. Love the idea of the slow burn approach of gradually showing more and more of the monster action. I just didn't find myself engaging with it very much. The human characters did not make for interesting subjects to cut away to during the slow burn.
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#33
AYou hate everything Nooj!!! If you hate Dawn of Apes I'll cry!!!!!

But seriously your thoughts are spot on.
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#34

Now, keep in mind...



I have neither loyalty nor attachment to Godzilla.  I only know what I know through a bit of cultural osmosis.



So the defenses of the film's uninteresting paper-thin human characters* being a staple of most Godzilla movies won't hold any water with me.  The same way I wouldn't expect anyone to simply accept my enjoyment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for being a big-budget adaptation of the ridiculous 90s cartoon as a legitimate defense of it being a good movie (it's not).



The same way I'm not swayed to think Pacific Rim is a good movie because all someone wanted was robuts punching monsters.



The same way I'm not swayed to think Man of Steel is a good movie because all someone wanted was to see Superman go all out in a fight.



*


Kudos to them for not giving away the death of a major character in the trailers.  But once that character was gone, so was my engagement.  ... also what a serious waste of a LOT of great actors.  Watanabe.  Strathairn.  Hawkins.  Binoche.  Olsen.   I feel like you have to be really missing something if you somehow end up wasting the talents of an ensemble that strong.

I will also cry if Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ends up being a disappointment.  Because I want that movie to feel GREAT.

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#35

Oh no! You didn't love it! Be careful, your opinion will probably be branded as "foolish" by certain posters in this thread...



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