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Movie review: Godzilla [no spoilers ]
Godzilla | Vince Ferrer

Posted on 05/17/2014 7:59:48 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer

The new Godzilla is out, and while I'm not the biggest fan I saw it last night and enjoyed it.

Some dissapointing statements were made by the filmmaker about the film being about climate change. Seeing the film, I don't understand how he would make that connection other than to score Hollywood points. That isn't what it is about. The original film was about the destructive power of the atomic bomb, and the beliefs that despite our technological arrogance, nature was still in control. This is the opposite of saying that emitting some carbon dioxide can destroy the Earth. Happily, this film stays with the original theme that nature is in control.

The previous American try at a Godzilla film was a disaster, and like a diehard Denver Bronco fan when the team makes it to the championship, fans were happy someone was making this new one, but worried it would be another disaster. The filmmakers knew this too of course, but made some good choices, and even some risky choices that turned out well. Good choices in that it follows the original faithfully, and risky in that it makes some of the same choices the 1998 film did, but executes them a whole lot better. By that I mean both films had human stories as the primary focus instead of just a monster smashing stuff.

What makes the difference between the 1998 failure and this movie is two events that happened in between, the Fukushima earthquake and meltdown, and the world trade center attacks. Both events have had profound effects on the people affected and by everyone in the countries hit. And where the 1998 film chose a lighthearted, don't take this seriously path, this one treats the monsters and their destruction as real disasters on the scale of 9/11. The humans don't go for comic relief, they are real people making realistic choices to stay alive, just as we have seen in the real disasters.

This film is about Fukushima and 9/11 as much as the original was about the atom bomb. It could not have been made before those events, and looking back, that explains the 1998 film perfectly. 1998 was simply too frivolous a time to make a Godzilla film.


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1 posted on 05/17/2014 7:59:48 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of men.


2 posted on 05/17/2014 8:04:33 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

History could use more cowbell. It has a fever.


3 posted on 05/17/2014 8:07:57 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Vince Ferrer

The Japanese don’t like the movie. They complained how Godzilla looked fat.


4 posted on 05/17/2014 8:09:17 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Vince Ferrer

"Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

5 posted on 05/17/2014 8:10:35 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Saw this movie today and I liked it. I go to the movies about once a year. Just your giant monster on the loose film. I was entertained for about 2 hours and that's all you can ask from a movie.
6 posted on 05/17/2014 8:10:53 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Do their voices match their mouth when they speak?

"Ahhh food! I like food!"

7 posted on 05/17/2014 8:11:10 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

If there isn’t a Japanese man in a rubber suit playing Godzilla destroying balsa wood cities, it isn’t a Godzilla movie.


8 posted on 05/17/2014 8:11:43 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Norm Lenhart

Last Gojira movie I watched was, “Godzilla 1985” back in 1985. Me and my buddies ended getting kicked out because we were a little too loud.

But, hey, it was Wednesday night at the Hilltop Theater and the movie was only $0.25! We called quarter night by the moniker welfare night so getting kicked out wasn’t a big deal.

LOL!


9 posted on 05/17/2014 8:13:28 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

what I WANT to KNOW is does it Kill MOZILLA??


10 posted on 05/17/2014 8:18:15 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I love Japanese movies. Just the legit stuff not the porn ;) I read once on a music site perhaps the best description of their strangeness. The guy said something like...

“you know the part in Roger Rabbit where they get close to Toontown and there is all the cartoon chaos going on over the wall? That’s Japan.”


11 posted on 05/17/2014 8:19:41 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Is Mothra in it?

By the way, that scream Godzilla does? I want that for a car horn.

12 posted on 05/17/2014 8:21:52 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Do the twin cosmos girls sing in this one?


13 posted on 05/17/2014 8:22:53 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: Jonty30
The Japanese don’t like the movie. They complained how Godzilla looked fat.

That was before the film came out, just from pictures. I think they will be satisfied with this one.

14 posted on 05/17/2014 8:38:00 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Domestic Church

No.


15 posted on 05/17/2014 8:39:10 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

Spoilers: The movie was stupid. I saw it today. The military used only small arms to attack the monsters, no missiles or torpedoes. The monsters were not caused by the radiation of the WW II atomic bombs, but were awakened by them and fed off the radiation. The whole plot and story line, that the earth disturbance could not be detected outside of a limited geographic area by today’s technology defies imagination. The only thing that kept me from walking out was hoping to see Elizabeth Olson in just one more scene.


16 posted on 05/17/2014 8:41:18 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More (Border Fence Obamacare!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I want ‘Zilla’s breath flame for those damn tailgaters!


17 posted on 05/17/2014 8:41:41 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a great life!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Doesn’t have Mothra, but does have another monster.


18 posted on 05/17/2014 8:42:50 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Real Cynic No More

agree - the stupidity of the movie spoiled it. Dumb. One OK fight scene.


19 posted on 05/17/2014 8:44:50 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: MeshugeMikey
what I WANT to KNOW is does it Kill MOZILLA??

No, but it probably got pretty close. It smashed up San Francisco pretty good, but it looks like it spared silicon valley to the south.

20 posted on 05/17/2014 8:47:24 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer
Grogan writes a book.
21 posted on 05/17/2014 8:52:59 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: Vince Ferrer
They just never learn.

Some classic scary (but not really) movies simply cannot be remade...

1. The Invasion of the Body Snatchers,

2. King Kong, and

3. Godzilla...

To name just three.

.

22 posted on 05/17/2014 8:54:00 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Real Cynic No More

“Spoilers: The movie was stupid. I saw it today. The military used only small arms to attack the monsters, no missiles or torpedoes. The monsters were not caused by the radiation of the WW II atomic bombs, but were awakened by them and fed off the radiation. The whole plot and story line, that the earth disturbance could not be detected outside of a limited geographic area by today’s technology defies imagination. The only thing that kept me from walking out was hoping to see Elizabeth Olson in just one more scene.”

Thanks. I won’t even bother to look at other reviews. Most Hollywood movies are stupid today, especially CGIed ones. We’ve walked out of the last two. There’s not going to be a third. I may be done with Hollywood movies forever. Much, much better fare on TV anyway, like Ray Donovan, Justified, Fargo, etc. (”Silver Linings Playbook”, however, is an amazing movie.)


23 posted on 05/17/2014 8:54:02 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Real Cynic No More

I liked the movie though probably it made no sense once they explained the main story line.

Thought Brian Cranston was the best followed by the Olsen girl.

Biggest error was a supposedly modern mega atomic bomb was set of a few miles outside the city and did no damage whereas it would have devastated maybe a 100 mile wide area.

But I found following the characters interesting and a lot of the movie was filmed in an impressive manner, I mean a moody almost artsy type of film so it was a serious effort. Let’s face it this was a monster movie so for that it was a good one.


24 posted on 05/17/2014 8:59:25 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Williams

I didn’t care for the movie because if everybody had just listen to the Japanese lead scientist from the beginning when he said “let nature takes its course” to let Godzilla solve the problem then there wouldn’t have been so much turmoil. In the end Godzilla came to do what he meant to do all along and the humans were just in his way for some reason trying to solve it themselves


25 posted on 05/17/2014 9:11:51 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Vince Ferrer

Gee, I sort of liked the one from a few years back with Matthew Broderick - got some poor reviews, but it had some terrific chase scenes and special effects ending with the beast getting entangled in the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge and dispatched by the US Air Force - and the very last scene wakes you up for sure....


26 posted on 05/17/2014 9:11:56 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Intolerant in NJ

I did too! The 1998 movie is a lot of fun. Jean Reno as the “insurance Salesman”/French international agent is a hoot.


27 posted on 05/17/2014 9:18:32 PM PDT by nonsporting
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To: catnipman

“The military used only small arms to attack the monsters, no missiles”

No missiles? I guess you must have been in the bathroom when Godzilla goes through a blockade of 12 missile destroyers at the Golden Gate Bridge and wrecks havoc.

Here ya go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynB5Om6Gbh0


28 posted on 05/17/2014 9:25:02 PM PDT by Sam Troy
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To: Vince Ferrer

Thanks for the review.
There’s a LOT of hate going on at the IMDB message boards over Godzilla right now, but that’s to be expected.
I’ll still see it, though. I own almost every Godzilla movie made (Except for Godzilla Versus Gigan -giant monsters shouldn’t talk to each other).


29 posted on 05/17/2014 9:25:15 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

There’s a reference to Morthra in a scene but you have to keep your eyes peeled for it.


30 posted on 05/17/2014 9:26:41 PM PDT by Sam Troy
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To: Sam Troy
Quote, ""hoping to see Elizabeth Olson in just one more scene"", unquote.

I call it tunnel vision. What movie?

lol

31 posted on 05/17/2014 9:31:40 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Sam Troy

Mothra


32 posted on 05/17/2014 9:34:27 PM PDT by Sam Troy
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To: nonsporting

Right - “Where did you find this guy?” “He’s from France” - great stuff....


33 posted on 05/17/2014 9:34:30 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Vince Ferrer

The original film was about the destructive power of the atomic bomb,

We did some great movies here about that! Come on THEM?? I want to see a remake of THEM!

Great review by the way. Do you post on Rotten Tomatoes?
I just wanted to see the box office returns and noticed that the % dropped from 93% to 70 something%.


34 posted on 05/17/2014 9:34:45 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Sam Troy

You replied to the wrong person. I was quoting someone else. My post said I wasn’t going to see the movie.


35 posted on 05/17/2014 9:35:29 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: MaxMax

I hear ya. Some good news. It was announced there will be a directors cut. Lots of scenes were cut.


36 posted on 05/17/2014 9:35:58 PM PDT by Sam Troy
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To: nonsporting
Reno is one of my favorite actors of all time.

Leon the Professional is one of my favorite movies!

37 posted on 05/17/2014 9:38:08 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Sam Troy

Great to hear. I’m not hyped about the movie, but it’s Godzilla!


38 posted on 05/17/2014 9:43:00 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Question:

How was the score of this movie? I’m really into the music of certain movies (Hans Zimmer, James Horner, etc)


39 posted on 05/17/2014 9:44:19 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: Sam Troy

It kinda seemed to me from that scene that Godzilla was helping those people on the bridge by blocking the missiles.


40 posted on 05/17/2014 9:47:08 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Well it didn’t really make sense that the Japanese scientist knew Godzilla would take care of the other monsters.


41 posted on 05/17/2014 9:55:07 PM PDT by Williams
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To: RandallFlagg

I read where the director stated that Godzilla ignores humans in this film or pays them no attention because he is on one mission.........going after his natural enemy.


42 posted on 05/17/2014 9:55:47 PM PDT by Sam Troy
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To: Mad Dawgg

The Professional is a very special movie.


43 posted on 05/17/2014 9:56:22 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Sam Troy

Yeah, I read that, too. It just looked intentional to me.
Godzilla could have easily plowed through all of those Navy ships toward his target, yet stopped and went under them (More or less).


44 posted on 05/17/2014 9:58:51 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: Real Cynic No More
The military used only small arms to attack the monsters, no missiles or torpedoes.

SPOILER: I thought the military was portrayed well. They didn't waste time once they found out what they were dealing with, they formulated a nuclear attack right away. Everything after that was to execute that plan. Think back to the occasions when they were using small arms. They knew it would not be effective, they were distracting the monsters from something else, like civilians or the boat.

45 posted on 05/17/2014 10:00:44 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: RandallFlagg

However I believe Godzilla caused lots of havoc anyway. He causes a huge tsunami, that devastates Honolulu.


46 posted on 05/17/2014 10:02:02 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Vince Ferrer
1998 was simply too frivolous a time to make a Godzilla film.

Oh, I don't know...


47 posted on 05/17/2014 10:02:46 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

Definitely a crazy person.


48 posted on 05/17/2014 10:06:17 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Oh well there’s always Godzilla II or III coming down the pike.

Thank you.


49 posted on 05/17/2014 10:10:09 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: RandallFlagg
It kinda seemed to me from that scene that Godzilla was helping those people on the bridge by blocking the missiles.

I noticed that too. I think they portrayed it deliberately ambiguously, you can interpret it any way you want.

50 posted on 05/17/2014 10:10:15 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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