See to some there's Jesus, some there's Elvis, others there's Kong... but my King, my God will always be Godzilla and this was His Return finally.
For what felt like an eternity all any of us had to go on was a shadowy outline in a cloud of dust to whet our appetites... some of us lurked in fear it would be a dreaded re-hash of the 1998 fiasco, more than half my lifetime ago... others were enthusiastic at the mere notion we were getting more Godzilla finally.... then the teaser dropped and I was 90% positive we'd had a winner on our hands. So since it's still semi current I'll try and keep this review sweet and as spoiler free as possible.
You know, as a hardcore Godzilla fan overall this was the movie I'd hoped it would be, it redeemed the idea of the American Godzilla, they pit him against not one but two monsters, they utilized his greatest offensive weapons well , they handled his origin with respect and left it wide open for a sequel.
|Should've stayed in the RV Heisenberg|
As far as all the complaints go: Yes the human drama element leaves lots to be desired... but that's not why I'm watching a GODZILLA movie. I have always and probably will always watch a kaiju movie, just for the monster or even the monster battle... or even better yet an all out royal rumble like what we saw back in 1968's Destroy All Monsters... I honestly could care less really what's going on with the human characters.
Giving Godzilla the Jaws treatment and keeping him hidden made sense to build suspense, I get it. I still wanted more though. It'd been almost half my lifetime ago I'd seen an American Godzilla ventured, I wanted my money's worth out of it. Like I stated though this hit all the points it needed too and excelled in others.
|'Gimme yer best shot coppers! |
I'm the King of the Monsters see!'
- Edward 'Godzilla' Robinson
But we can't talk about the current incarnation of the American Godzilla without bringing up the 1998 Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin turkey of a film they passed off as Godzilla. Maybe it was just me but I picked up on a few nice small jabs at GINO (Godzilla In Name Only, or the moniker given by Toho Shin-Goji otaku) that are shown in the trailer so I can spoil.away.
|Say I'm fat one more goddamn time... I dare you|
|Size Does Matter|
...and apparently your lack of it
is your fatal downfall here new guy
Gino was moreso a lift from King Kong meets Jurassic Park than an actual Godzilla movie. Looking back now, 1998's Godzilla is timepiece with the emphasis on disposable Kodak cameras, Taco Bell, and a heavy rotation on the Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page collaboration on the soundtrack as well as the David Bowie cover by The Wallflowers helped push the film but couldn't help it thrive. It was a summer popcorn movie and just like the camera it pushed in the movie: entirely disposable.
But I did notice a few other similarities to the two. Observe. Again nothing spoiling here as it's all trailer material.
|About to surface in San Fran (2014)|
|Ol' Joe caught a bit more |
than he bargained for in the East River (1998)
I always wondered how the hell he made that hole
I mean did he just dash right through it? (1998)
|A New Reign of the King|
In final summation: I say give it a shot.Especially with the holiday season upon us what's but a little more reflection on that childhood nostalgia? No better time to break up the old holiday reruns and Christmas specials and odd number variations on the tellings of Dicken's A Christmal Carol?
But if you're sharp-eyed enough you'll notice some definite foreshadowing nods and hints of things to come... of course if you were on Twitter around the time of Comic Con you caught this:
Then there's been this image floating around heavily as well:
Bur right around this time Legendary also announced their take on a new King Kong movie... meaning they have the rights to both Godzilla and Kong at the same time... this can only hopefully mean we get another epic rematch I've waited a long time to see as well....
This goes on my Christmas wish list as something I want to see happen.... right up there with a Resident Evil Capcom beat-em-up arcade game and an Aliens vs Predator reboot...