Godzilla (DVD 1999)
After bizarre attacks on a Japanese freighter, first the French then the U.S. learn of the existence of an apparent modern "dinosaur". When it's suspected that radiation from nuclear weapons testing in French Polynesia may have instead produced the monster, biological radiation specialist Dr. Nick Tatopoulos (Matthew Broderick) is called to the scene. While investigating the monster's path of destruction, a new sighting arrives--just off the coast of New York City!
It's no secret that Godzilla has been much maligned. Even Fangoria editor Tony Timpone stated in an editorial that he thought it sucked, and he's usually willing to give movies the benefit of the doubt. The reasons why director Roland Emmerich's version of Godzilla is hated are as varied as people stating opinions. But I tend to think that there is also a strong bandwagon effect with this film that will be tempered by time. There are already signs of a number of people giving it a second look and lessening the severity of their criticism.
The chief complaint seems to come from a very vocal but relatively small crowd of fanboy purists--they dislike that Godzilla is different here. In the Japanese films, made by the Toho production company, Godzilla is a guy in a rubber suit who stomps on models of buildings and such. He tends to lumber, as irrelevant military attacks on him provide pretty fireworks. Most Godzilla films feature him fighting some other monster, "professional wrestling" style, and Godzilla arbitrarily falls down and gets back up as he is attacked and attacks with various "death rays" from his mouth, eyes, etc. Now that might sound like I don't like the typical Godzilla film, but that's not true. I like them quite a bit, but a big part of the reason why is that most of them are very cheesy. I'm a fan of bizarre cheese/camp, and you get tons of that in Godzilla films.
But I'm not a purist. To me, there's no good reason why Emmerich's Godzilla needs to be similar to the Toho incarnations, which in fact are often quite different from and inconsistent with each other, too. At this point, I see Godzilla more as a recurring character type--think of the various instantiations of Dracula or Frankenstein throughout the 20th Century. The Toho films can't really be seen as chapters in a single, long story. But whether their arguments are wrong or not, the fanboy purists are at least noisy and prolific, and too many people are followers.
If Emmerich would have given us a guy in a rubber suit, acting just like the Toho Godzillas (not "Godzilla"), with the typical gobbledy-gook of a Toho script, this film would have bombed even worse (if we can call a 100 million dollar film that made a profit a "bomb") and the fanboys would have still found something to complain about. Even though I love the Toho Godzilla films, too, we can't deny that they do not tend to be bestsellers on video in the U.S., despite the fact that they're readily available for purchase.
So what Emmerich gives us instead is an epic, expensive-looking film that spans a number of genres, features more coherent dialogue and subplots than a typical Toho Godzilla film, and showcases a redesigned, mostly cgi cast of monsters, where Godzilla looks and behaves much more like a "real" giant, mutant lizard. For those of us who are not purists, who do not care if our opinions match the majority, and who evaluate films on all or their technical and artistic levels.
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Godzilla V Cloverfield
Godzilla is the ultimate culmination of the "who cares about plot" summer movie. A loose remake of the 1954 "classic" Japanese monster movie, Godzilla, King of the Monsters (which is itself pretty thin in the story department),Presumably, the primary target group for this film is teenage boys.Godzilla isn't completely without merit, although it is close. There's a certain visceral thrill inherent in watching the giant lizard rip his way through Manhattan, but it wears off quickly. Frankly, while the special effects are competent, they're not all that stunning. But who cares switch on press play and sit back with Beer and popcorn and enjoy New York taking another beating.
Godzilla (DVD 1999)
When a cannery ship is attacked by a giant creature, Nick is asked to help the army to find out what attacked that ship...
Soon after that three fishing ships are dragged under off the cost of the US and there after the creature arrives in New York, but when Nick finds out what is going on, he must stop Godzilla from using New York as a nest for its new young.
This movie has brilliant special effects and brilliant action as well as brilliant acting from the cast of this movie.
10+++++/10 A must have movie.
GODZILLA (DVD 1999)
I bought dvd for my son
We was at my sisters, and he saw bits of the film that was on.
He liked what he saw and asked if i would get it for him.
Looked for the film on ebay found one bought it.
From the moment i purchased it to the time i recieved it.
5***** first class.(just like the film).
Special effects was just brilliant.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Very good monster flick
Godzilla is back, bigger and much better than ever... its size defies comprehension... an expertly designed theme park ride of a movie that packs nonstop thrills... one jaw-dropping scene after another, the film never loses either momentum or its human scale.
This movie also stars a few of the cast from the TV show "The Simpsons", Hank Azaira, Harry Shearer, and Nancy Cartwright.
brilliant movie, great action included.