Godzilla 2014 thoughts

James / May 17th, 2014

Godzilla is back! I had no choice, but to make a quick video about it. Did my best under extreme time constraints.

Comments

  • May 17, 2014 at 9:44 am

    This Godzilla is my new favourite movie… its a cinematic masterpiece, and a great Godzilla film in general.

  • May 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Nice balanced review James. Thanks. A lot of people found out about and learned a lot about The Big G from your Godzillathon videos so it’s interesting hearing your views and opinions.

    • TerryFGM

      May 19, 2014 at 1:54 am

      Guess you havent seen that many movies or you are 15, or both.

      • TerryFGM

        May 19, 2014 at 1:55 am

        Replied to the wrong guy.

      • June 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

        Well, I’m 12 and have seen every official Godzilla movie so…

    • Hassan bin Laden

      June 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Wow you are the biggest fucking pleb I’ve ever seen. I made this account just to tell you that.

      • February 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

        Well aren’t u just a little asshole! James has a right to a god damn opinion and if u don’t like it u don’t have to say shit! Go bitch somewhere else u piece of fuck!

  • John Strubelt

    May 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

    First! James, I think your review is spot on. It’s not a perfect movie by any means, but I thought it was a thoroughly enjoyable Godzilla flick that, unlike the ’98 monstrosity, pays loving tribute to the Godzilla franchise.

    • John Strubelt

      May 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Okay, not first!

      • MAMEFan

        May 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

        First to be eaten by Godzilla, hopefully.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    May 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

    While I don’t completely agree with what you thought, I can understand where you’re coming from at the same time. Like, I did like the new monsters, the Mutos as they’re called, I thought they were cool designs but, they did remind me of other creations, they looked like Orga crossed with Megaguirus crossed with Rodan, so I agree that we Americans are unimaginative compared to Japanese, and I liked all the focus on the humans a lot, I thought it was a good enough blend, but in the Toho movies, they did a little better, I haven’t even seen them all yet so I need to wait before I can judge. But I’m just glad that you enjoyed it, I’m glad we made a real Godzilla now and now we can forget about that giant lizard/Jurassic Park ripoff from Tristar, and I look forward to what’s next, because Toho does want to do more. I loved this movie, and I’m glad the King is back!

  • May 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I think Legendary should keep doing the gritty realistic Godzilla and leave the aliens and such behind. Gareth said he fancied doing a Destroy All Monster type thing as a sequel.

    • October 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      last I heard, Legendary was trying to get the rights to, at least, Mothra and Gedorah

  • May 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Good review. Those are a lot of my thoughts exactly. I do have to point out though that in almost every Godzilla movie, there is more of the monster that Godzilla is fighting (and humans as well) then Godzilla himself.

    But yes, the teasing of the fights was annoying. Very annoying. Again I have to point out though that this movie had a rather low budget, so its understandable that they could not have as much monster fighting action as they wanted. They did the best they could with the budget they had.

    Overall this was a great classic Godzilla movie. It had no annoying characters, good build up, visually beautiful, great action (when they finally showed it) and above all, it had GODZILLA. Not to mention that this was the 60s-70s Godzilla where he is the “good guy”. I loved it. Also, I have always wanted to see Godzilla beat the shit out of the Cloverfield monster ๐Ÿ˜›

    • May 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Just to put things in perspective on the budget.

      Godzilla (2014) – $160M
      Avengers – $220M
      Amazing Spiderman 2 – $200M
      Pacific Rim – $190M
      Xmen Days of Future Past – $225M
      Godzilla (1998) – $130M (And that was 16 years ago)

      I just wanted to illustrate my point that this was a lower budgeted movie. Not super low, but very low for a summer blockbuster.

      • June 9, 2014 at 2:04 am

        Godzila 1998 was a huge budget when made. At the time most movie were running just around 60mil

  • May 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I knew he would post a video right away, otherwise he’d get thousands of e-mail.

  • Spottedfeather

    May 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I don’t mean my choice of words to offend anyone, but I can’t be the only person out there that thinks this new “Godzilla” looks like he has down syndrome. To me, it looks like if he was made of rubber, someone heated his face, and then pressed it in. It just doesn’t look right. Big mistake.

  • Snejku

    May 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    A fair review, I know you didn’t want to spoil anything as this is such a fresh movie. I hope you do a more in depth review later on James when the DVD is out. I’d like to hear more of your thoughts on the actual monster fights towards the end of the movie, for me it ruled all over the place and I too don’t wanna spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it but for those who have I will ask this: Isn’t Godzillas final fight kinda MK worthy?

  • Foxyman

    May 17, 2014 at 10:57 am

    My honest opinion with this movie: It was okay. It wasn’t the big comeback I was looking for as a Godzilla fan growing up but it needed to appeal to the western/casual/bland audience and it succeeded in that. Do I think Japan can do it better? Definitely! but I will give the movie credit for making Godzilla look and sound bad ass. I hated the “cut to tv” scenes. It really slowed down the pace of the movie. I also want a worthy opponent to Godzilla. MUTO was as blech as can be. All in all, it was entertaining and I guess that’s what it should’ve been. Here’s hoping TOHO takes the sequel and makes it a masterpiece ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lukas Sprehn

    May 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention that fan film Godzilla v.s. the Wolfman at the end of the video, seeing how it’s made by ex ToHo employees (I think) in the original style and tone. And the director of the film are even in talks with ToHo to distribute it on DVD through them.

  • Ethan Steffek

    May 17, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I blame 98, could you believe the director was not a fan of godzilla, yeah look it up. This godzilla is the real king the monsters and that one is the unholy piece of crap. One, too much humans, we didn’t a love story and 2014 does it right by showing how people are suffering. Two, Army destroys the not godzilla. Three godzilla is just an animal he does what is natural instinct not a fucking gentle beast Zilla

  • Ethan Steffek

    May 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

    The design for the muto was not suppose to be cloverfeild heck the director said he nver saw the film cause he a motion sickness and it took him a year to make those two monster

  • Ethan Steffek

    May 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I think muto is the american take on gigan cause they look similar

    • May 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      I must disagree with you. They aren’t even the same “species”.
      Gigan is a two feet, standing monster, and Muto is more of a insect like monster.
      I don’t see how they look similar at all..

  • PokemonCereal

    May 17, 2014 at 11:36 am

    The monster reminded me in ways of the alien from Alien. Don’t know why.

    This was my first Godzilla movie. Definitely not my last.

  • Weldin Dunn

    May 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Yeah, when I first heard that there was a new one, I hated the idea but I still went to see it. It was pretty good. Not too bad, not too good. Just average. I always thought godzilla lives only in Japan. That’s my view.

  • herbsuperb

    May 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I loved it. Not a flawless film by any stretch. But a solid film all around, and a GREAT Godzilla film. Vindication for the colossal 1998 fuckup by our dear friend Roland Emmerich. I think we can all finally put that behind us. The big guy is back. I think James review was more than fair, and hit on a lot of things that I think a lot of Godzilla fans will agree with. But in all the ways that a Godzilla movie should deliver, it did. I think we also need to acknowledge the fact that because this film is sure to do well, we now have endless opportunities for more storytelling with this character. I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the future. Go check it out. I saw it in a theater jam packed with Godzilla fans and it was one of the most enjoyable movie experiences of my life.

  • frostare

    May 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Yeah I remember the Zilla movie, cute movie about a giant dinosaur and the terror it caused.

    Now all that’s left is wait til you have time to tell us what do you think about the new TMNT series, personally I think it’s my favorite rendition.

  • May 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    CGI, not ever gonna see it ever.
    It’s a tease and you call it good?

    You’re just being unreal man, from what you say it feels like you really want it to be good and you force yourself to believe it’s good.

    Have you learned nothing?
    This is nothing better than Asylum movies, you don’t see the monsters aside from 5 minutes in the end and it sucks because it’s CGI so they are stiff as bricks.

    I’m not gonna see it, but my closest friend saw it and he’s a bigger Godzilla fan than me, he was furious mad because of all this reasons.

    They had 160 million dollars and they show Godzilla at the end and he moves like a brick?

    *slow clap*

    • May 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      I think you should still see it before you leave more comments.
      CGI isn’t that bad.

    • Roberto Espinosa

      May 18, 2014 at 1:33 am

      I honestly think people need to be happy that it’s not the OTHER movie. Anyone who says it’s worse than that one needs to have their head checked.

    • May 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

      dang man your right, the CGI is so stiff, they shoulda had Godzilla doing back-flips and the splits man, Toho’s Godzilla was way more flexible, matter fact they shoulda put Godzilla in a rubber suit, I’m totts gonna trust the judgement of someone who hasn’t even bothered to see it yet! /sarcasm

    • Fabio Silva

      May 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

      i totally agree with you. It looks like people are forcing themselves to believe that was a good movie. Godzilla appears no more than 20 minutes during the hole movie. In short, i payed to see a movie about a lame story about a soldier, his tedious wife and son annnd the forget the slowmotion pace of the movie. But oh look, Godzilla goes apeshit screaming at the end, so that’s gotta be good right?

  • Fred . Fuchs

    May 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    It’s not true that americans aren’t creative with giant monsters: look at the kaijus in Pacific Rim, they’re awesome. I agree with the rest. But I was hoping to hear you talking about the Atomic Breath.

    • May 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      I think doesn’t wanna give too much spoilers. I believe many viewers didn’t know whether there would be Atomic Breath in this movie before they actually see it. (Although the director promised it)

  • May 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I loved the movie. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a lot of fun and built the suspense a little well. The teases were a bit much, but the final battle was at least really good. But, it was my understanding that Toho was heavily involved with the making of this film. It would not surprise me if Toho does not independently produce another Godzilla film, instead producing alongside Legendary and Warner Bros. These days, films are not separated by regions with American films doing most of their business overseas. If Toho co-produces, the costs are lowered for each production studio (and Toho perhaps has a larger budget to work with due to WB’s involvement) and the movie can play worldwide with ease.

  • megaply

    May 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Jame, do you know that the director want to do the monster island. He love Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters. I hope we will see that sequel. this is his interview http://screenrant.com/new-godzilla-movie-2014-monster-design-gareth-edwards/

  • sodadreamers

    May 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Well put

  • May 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    i remember the 1998 US Godzilla film James and.. although i wouldn’t really count it as a Godzilla film, it’s still a good giant monster film.. anyways.. i wanna see a new Japanese Godzilla movie now.. make it Toho.. make it…. make it!

  • May 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve now seen this movie twice and found him the second time better than as the first time

    However, I must give you quite the film did it feel like a ….. how shall I say ….. as a introduction to something large that is yet to come
    and therefore I hope the film is successful enough to make a second part

  • RYMH

    May 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Is there going to be more Monster Madness?

  • May 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I saw it today. I thought it did a great job trying to throw back to the original with a lot of concentration on the human element. We saw a lot of human suffering in this movie and Godzilla was just a force of nature.

  • Joker83

    May 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I thought this movie was beyond awful. I am a huge Godzilla fan and was very excited for this. The movie was long and boring, at one point I looked down at my watch and realized it was an hour and a half into the movie and we had only seen Godzilla for about 20 seconds. I almost walked out when Godzilla started to cry because a building fell on him.
    There were at least three different “stoic and calm in the face of epic disaster” kids in the movie, the cliche was way over used and stood out cause the rest of the movie was frustratingly awful. I didn’t pay to see Cloverfield monsters and then Godzilla briefly towards the end.
    This movie was advertised as Godzilla coming to town, fucking shit up, and everyone trying to survive. What would have been so bad with giving us that? I’m all for having Godzilla fight other monsters too but this was just transparently bad. Like when the random lost Asian kid finds his parents and just leaves without saying anything, it just felt lazy and man was it boring.
    I hate to come here and be so negative, I was just really excited for this movie and left the theatre rather pissed off.

  • cappytally

    May 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Long time Godzilla fan here. As far as the MUTO things go, I agree that they were a little too similar to those other monsters you mentioned, though I think perhaps they were the best version of that. The Cloverfield one was just totally bland, and the Super 8 one was only a little better. With the MUTO monsters, we got that same sort of body type, but it was better executed in a more memorable way, with that sort of Gyaos head and the long glowy “eye” things. As for them holding back on monster fight action, I felt that just as it started to get frustrating, they finally started showing some badass Godzilla fight stuff, so it didn’t bother me too much. That said I would have been happier if there was more of it. All in all, I agree: Godzilla is back!

  • StandingCow

    May 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    It wasn’t a bad movie at all.. but it felt like they sorta threw two different movies together. I also would have liked to see more of godzilla fighting the other monsters. But hey… at least this time we got the real godzilla!

  • May 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Agreed. But I think you went to easy on it, it completely lost me with the over-teasing, to the point where I just considered it bad storytelling. I had an epifany while watching it, I realized that watching a Godzilla movie is like watching porn, you just wanna get to the action, and this barely shows any of it. It was like watching porn with no sex. On top of that, the human stuff felt boring and unrelatable to me, and the overall plot unimaginative, just like the other monsters. Godzilla himself looked great though

  • darxide

    May 17, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    This movie wasn’t very good at all, and in fact, was pretty awful in a lot of respects. Without wasting the time in typing out what I mean, this guy: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/escape-to-the-movies/9210-Godzilla-Breaking-Kaiju was pretty much on par with my feelings about it and why it was bad. It makes me sad to see so many comments about how great this movie is. The world is worse off for people thinking this crap was anything short of mediocre at best.

  • May 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    It gets the necessary exposition out of the way and opens a Kong-sized door for future Godzilla flicks. Not a perfect film, but what Godzilla movie is? It’s not the ’98 Zilla, it’s not Godzilla’s Revenge, and it’s not Godzilla vs. Megalon. It’s a new take on the classic beast and it’s welcomed. Nobody can honestly expect in this era of superfluous CGI, that they’d go with rubber suits. The last time TOHO used Godzilla (in 2007’s Always Sunset on Third Street 2), they went full CG. I expect Final Wars to be the very last time we see rubber suits, but I digress. I left Godzilla wanting more and why not? All the best bands deserve encores. If you can dig that analogy.

  • batratspidercrab

    May 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I just watched it, and I loved it! I kind of felt like they threw in Bryan Cranston in order to intrigue the Breaking Bad crowd, but other wise it was good, if a little slow in parts.

  • May 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I had a lot of problems with this movie. This movie is much more focused on the human characters, and less focused on monster fighting action. I would not have a problem with that at all, but if you are going to have a character driven story, you need to actually DEVELOP YOUR CHARACTERS.
    Characters need an arc, they need to be fleshed out and actually grow through the movie, so that we as an audience grow with them and care about them. In this movie, the characters are just cardboard cutouts, none of them are any different at the end than they are at the beginning.

    Pacific Rim, a movie which this is obviously compared to, is widely criticized for its lame story and characters. But the characters in Pacific Rim actually are developed and fleshed out, even if the developments are clichรฉ. Mako overcomes her childhood fears, Raliegh overcomes his brother’s death, the scientists who are normally adversarial start to work together, etc. The developments were mostly shallow, but the characters were not the focus of the movie, the focus was the action between the robots and kaiju.

    In what ways does any character in Godzilla actually grow? Ford thought his dad was crazy, but found out he wasn’t… ok. He loves his family and wants to get home. eventually he does… great. Olsen’s character loves her husband and son, good for her. The only one having anything approaching a character arc is Cranston’s character, but that ends quickly. Do any of these characters learn anything or grow emotionally through out the story? I didn’t see it. If you are going to do a character driven drama, you need to actually have real characters. And since they didn’t all we have is a 2 hour long movie with about 15 minutes of anything interesting happening.

  • MorganaPT

    May 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I enjoyed the movie… but i wanted to see more of Godzilla. I almost jumped out of my seat every time they cut Godzilla action for some Marine strategic BS.

  • Wilber Valencia

    May 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Are you gonna do a movie Review of it when it comes out to DVD or Blu-Ray??

  • Kellan Mackenzie

    May 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I wouldn’t have minded the lack of Godzilla before the third act if the human characters had been more interesting. I wish there was more of Cranston as well.

  • May 17, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I disagree with you James, I personally thought the Mutos stole the show, They were awesome. They acted like real animals too, unlike a small dude in a rubber suit doing cheap ninja spots. The fights were a lot more physical as if it was MMA style and “real” The scene were Godzilla was bullrushing the female was awesome. I never saw that before, I never saw clouds of debri either. The male Muto was Tenacious as hell. Godzilla was awesome too. Perfect 10 here

  • May 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I found the movie to mediocre. It took far too long for any real action to happen. They took far too long to use Godzilla’s atomic fire blast, and to only use it twice, to me, was appalling. They cut out Bryan Cranston’s character way too soon. He should have been in 90% of the movie, interacting with Ken Watanabe’s character through the majority of it, instead of the meager 5% he got. The movie was just okay to me. I liked the look of the monsters, including Zilla himself, but the mix between human story telling and monster battles was like oil and water. It just didn’t seem to mix well to me. I give the new Godzilla movie a 2.5 out of 5. If sequels are to come from this I hope they will improve all these major flaws I found in this movie.

  • mer nciejc

    May 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    toho approved of the MUTOs in the film

  • tsukino_kage

    May 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Yeah, just so it too. I agree that we just didn’t see enough of the big guy but I can’t fault the production team, it’s hard to balance showing just enough of the monster to deliver the tension. I do love the way he kills the bigger of the 2 monsters though, that’s pretty awesome, and I don’t think he’s done that to any other monsters yet. If Gareth Edwards really meant for his movie to be considered a worthy addition to the Toho franchise, then he succeeded.

    Now they just have to make Godzilla versus Gamera, and we can finally say full circle.

  • May 18, 2014 at 12:52 am

    My dad liked the ’98 version.
    I hope he’d like this one, but his words were, and I quote “What an imbecile movie.”
    I love my dad, but I lost a teensy bit of respect for him.

  • culwin

    May 18, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Yeah it was a good movie, but not great.
    The 2 people I saw it with didn’t care for it, but I thought it was alright.
    I can see why some people wouldn’t like it, for the reasons you mention.
    Also, why kill off Bryan Cranston so quickly?
    And what’s with the pointless subplots, like the lost kid on the train?
    There should have been more Godzilla, more monster fighting, and more Cranston. Watanabe was good though too.

  • culwin

    May 18, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Also I think they wanted a more generic type of monster for the MUTOs, instead of one of the cheesy monsters like Godzilla has fought in the past. I agree with you, they probably could have come up with something better, but I can also see why they didn’t want anything too goofy like a flying turtle.

  • May 18, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Never realised James had a tattoo

  • May 18, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Many people thought that alien movies were making a comeback like that’s where the cycle was going to go after the “demon” phase with vampires and werewolves and zombies. But with Pacific Rim, Attack on Titan (I know it’s not a movie but still monsters), Godzilla, and Frankenstein, clearly it’s monster movies, and that’s awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • May 18, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Does anyone else wanna see James make a Godzilla movie in the future? I know I would.

    • J1a8son

      May 20, 2014 at 12:29 am

      I bet you anything, if he did, it’d be better than this movie. IMO

  • Pepper

    May 18, 2014 at 4:53 am

    I have been watching James’ videos for quite some time but never registered or commented till now. I absolutely loved the movie. I found it deep, multifaceted and compelling. Yes the characters were one-dimensional, but I think that was intentional. The movie fools you into anthropomorphising Godzilla throughout through Dr.Serizawa’s awe and Ford’s mirroring of Godzilla near the end. Then drops you into a stark realization that attributing human qualities to this animal is just stupid, as you see the press response to Godzilla’s final victory. Throughout you cut away from Godzilla when you are about to see his true nature and behavior, and instead interpret his actions through the viewpoint of various observers that saw it transpire. Then when you finally see him in his natural state, you get pulled back to a view by Ford. It is not till the very end that you realize that nobody really understands this creature, and it was possibly the only complex character in the film. The humans who told you the story couldn’t reconcile everything they saw and were consequently irrelevant. This, in my opinion is how it should be for a first Godzilla movie, you need to stop listening to everything people say and think about Godzilla and make up your own mind on what he is and is not.

  • May 18, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Not a big fan of Godzilla but I’m such a fan of James that I just enjoy listening to him talk about the things he enjoys. I’ll give it a chance now that he seems to like it okay.

  • oh hyeon gyu

    May 18, 2014 at 5:53 am

    please rewiew ‘Mighty Bomb Jack(NES)’

  • May 18, 2014 at 6:16 am

    I agree James, the monsters were pretty damn bland, I guess they get a pass because it’s the first one and they likely don’t want too much attention taken away from big G himself, but when a large portion of the film is the MUTOS vs The Humans and both of them are somewhat boring and disinteresting, then it kinda hurts the film. However I felt they built and teased Godzilla so freaking well throughout the first two acts, and they climaxed it beautifully, it kinda made up and covered all it’s flaws and left this viewer immensly satisfied, especially when said third act regressed me into a 10 year old again. Cool sideburns btw.

    • Spottedfeather

      May 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      They didn’t want to take attention away from Godzilla ? He was barely in it.

  • Griff

    May 18, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I didn’t mind the other monsters, while they were maybe not iconic they were still better than the Cloverfield monster, though they were certainly reminiscent of it, but I didn’t mind that so much because it was like Godzilla kicking the ass of the Cloverfield monster and reclaiming the throne so to speak

    overall I thought the movie was excellent, I was blown away

  • May 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I read that the sequel might be a destroy all monsters type of setting! That would be really cool.

  • May 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I actually liked the 1998 film, it was my first exposure to Godzilla so I have a bit of a soft spot for it, this one was good too, but like James said they did a bit too much teasing for my liking.

  • May 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I’m kinda shocked about your conservatism. You are complaining the new monsters not being “Toho” enough? See, that’s what’s happend to Pacific Rim: The nerds complaining that it wasn’t their “dream-movie”. It f’*king pi**ed me off then, and now you do it! This is the best Godzilla-movie since 1954, you forgot that to mention. Think of it as “What of all 30 Godzilla-films you could recommend to a person who doesn’t know Godzilla?”.
    Well, I know, all that’s debatable. What’s not debatable is that Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla shows the best finishing move in an G-film ever. I mean: EVER. Also, I wonder if James Rolfe, new director talent, might be jealous of Gareth Edwards, new director talent, who they gave the job to reboot Godzilla. James doesn’t mention Edwards. Why?

    • HomingMissiles

      May 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      The problem with the two new monsters “not being creative enough” is, at least partially, that the film aims for some groundedness (or realism if you will) and is serious in tone, much like the first Godzilla movie, so they probably couldn’t have gone really wild with MUTO’s design. Sure, they could have tried harder, but can you imagine putting a monster that looks like Gigan in it while all that human drama is going on? Monster movies can be serious and awe-inspiring or openly absurd and campy and it seems Hollywood is for now investing on a more straightforward approach.

      • HomingMissiles

        May 18, 2014 at 11:00 pm

        Sorry, I didn’t mean this comment as a reply to the comment above. I accidentally posted it here. Well, whatever…

  • Johnthegamer

    May 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I know how much you love practical effects James. But, the age of guys in rubber suits is long over. The Japaneses only did it for so long because it was cheaper then CG, and the Godzilla movies in Japan have always been low budget. I do agree with your point though that the monsters that fought Godzilla were a little generic, I was really hoping we would see American redesigns of one of the other classic monsters from the Godzilla universe like King Ghidorah would of been really cool. But, over all I really liked the movie. A lot better then the last American made Godzilla movie. Sure there were things they could of done a little better. But, in all seriousness this movie is now my favorite giant monster movie. The sequel will likely be even better, they seem to be on the right track with this version of Godzilla as far as I’m concerned.

  • May 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I absolutely love it, myself. I couldn’t force myself to sit through the ’98 movie to the end, it was so shitty, and I sat through the entirety of Naked Gun 33/3. This was the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing a brand new Godzilla film in the theaters, and I was impressed. There were some things that bothered me a bit, like minor continuity errors, such as a shot of the father in the gurney with the oxygen mask, cut to shot of the grown up son, cut back to the father with the mask back on, and how the Muto didn’t make any noise at one point until the light hit it, or the shameless Coca-Cola product placement, or the occasional shaky-cam cinematography for absolutely no reason. But again, those are minor nitpicks. The good outweigh This film at times filled me with legitimate feelings of almost pants-shitting terror, which movies never do for me, and I appreciate that of this one. Godzilla looked amazing, the enemy monsters were cool, the buildup for Godzilla was unmatched by anything else, and the human/monster balance of screen time was perfect. Everyone I know likes to thing the male Muto was supposed to be Mothra, but I think the filmmakers missed out on the chance to call him Rodan. He really looked like Rodan to me, anyway. Another thing I think was executed well was the use of likable human characters that you root for, unlike in other movies like Crocodile or Freddy vs. Jason where they’re all douchebags you want to see die horrible deaths. The movie gave me flashbacks of playing Destroy All Monsters Melee on Gamecube, which, come to think of it, I might have to play again after writing this. Overall, I say it’s the best film I’ve seen in recent years. 5/5, two thumbs up, etc.

  • Jackson Monks

    May 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Who did Godzilla face I am a big horror movie fan but haven’t seen it yet

  • May 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    should this be considered an ‘ American ‘ Godzilla if the director is British?

  • Dennis

    May 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I am from Germany and I just want to see the AVGN break into the mainstream here…

    Watched all your AVGN, Boardjames, YKWB, Top Tens, Monster Madness and even some other work you did like the movie with the flying puppethead, the TMNT specials, the dragon in my dreams and Monkey Cheeeeese.

    Keep on creating those wonderful videos!

    June 19. i’ll turn 30 too. Long ago I saw a little fragment of the SNES game “Lord of the rings” in one of your episodes intros. Still then I can’t wait to see a whole review on it and watch the Nerd giving it the seal of disapproval!This would be the greatest birthday present I ever got.

    Anyway – greetings to Mike and finish your movie!
    All the best to you guys

    • Dennis

      May 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Omg so much mistakes and I can’t edit the post…

  • I 3 bomberman

    May 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I liked the movie. Although my only complaint is that there was only one real fight scene and it didn’t show much of it.

  • Brendan Short

    May 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Well Legendary has confirmed they’re already working on a sequel! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I 3 bomberman

      May 18, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      They didn’t really say they’re working on a sequel. They said they’re open to one. However knowing it’s already made it’s money back in the box office and it’s been received well by critics and fans, it’s most likely gonna happen.

  • oscuro

    May 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    If this is one of those movies where there is 15 minutes of action out of the whole thing maybe I should pass. I dont have the patience for a monster movie without the monsters especially Godzilla himself

  • May 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    i actually saw this in 4d it was awesome

  • Chris Winters

    May 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I just got back hour ago and in my opinion it was awful, I like the fact that it may have gotten Godzilla back in the spotlight and maybe Toho will start doing new films but it barely had godzilla and it just dragged

  • sean craig

    May 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    James…. its for the general audience not for the fans. he did leave easter eggs to show us that he knows were here

    • culwin

      May 19, 2014 at 1:17 am

      I think the general audience liked it less than the fans.
      I think the fans are willing to tolerate a less than great movie because come on, most all the Godzilla films are pretty cheesy, and many of them have the same problems as this movie (like too much of humans talking).

  • lamecasuelas

    May 19, 2014 at 12:18 am

    ahh! finally the only opinion i was really looking forward to, o really liked this movie, although is not a masterpiece, i did what was supposed to do right, introduce the character to a wider audiencem i was not nearly as good as Godzilla vs King Gidorah or Godzilla vs mechagodzilla for example, but i think is a solid first part if they’re gonna be making a new saga, is a Godzila movie, an yes, now we need to introduces those other Characters to! Gidora, Mpthra, Rodan, Gigan, Mechagodzilla, hell imagine f they bring back Jet Jaguar that would be awesome!

    • May 19, 2014 at 5:53 am

      i really hope they do king Ghidorah and Mothra next! Basically just GMK but with more military interaction!

  • Conner Garcia

    May 19, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Before I watch the video, I’ll go ahead and give my opinion. I didn’t like it. I’m not a huge Godzilla fan, so maybe there’s just something I’m missing, but I was bored throughout 90% of the film. I came to see huge monsters fighting. I got that for about two minutes at the end of the movie. It was just a gigantic letdown for me. The characters and plot were all pretty nice, but it’s a Godzilla movie. If all I got was half an hour of scientific mumbo jumbo followed by two hours of monsters fighting, that would be fine with me. Overall, really disappointing film (although INFINITELY superior to the 1998 piece of crap, but what isn’t).

    • mike keith

      May 19, 2014 at 1:04 am

      Yes, but if you had watched the old G movies, then you would know that most of what bhappens is nonsense with the humans, then a little monster fighting, then back to the scientist stuff. This was a typical G movie. You have been used to Transformers and Pacific Rim, those movies are so unlike an original G movie.

  • May 19, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I think we needed more of the other monsters compared to Godzilla because we have to get comfortable with them, whereas with Godzilla, I mean, who doesnt know who he is? Some of the teases yeah, I agree. The TV screen part killed me because I wanted to see that fight! Aaron Taylor-Johnson was very wooden in his acting.

    I don’t know about going all out crazy with the American Godzillas. American audiences typically don’t like off the wall makes no sense nuts stuff. If the next Godzilla had time travel and aliens, it would get bad reviews and make less money from the general audiences, then we’d get no more Godzilla movies. Its going to be a challenge after this one. I think the monsters can be from space, but a whole race that takes over a TV network or has a spaceship hovering in the air, I dont know if that would work for the audiences over here.

  • z_thompson

    May 19, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Any ideas on why the videos don’t have sound on my android all of a sudden?
    The off road video worked last week after I turned off mute, but I don’t see that option anymore.
    Player change?

    • z_thompson

      May 19, 2014 at 2:38 am

      Nevermind I downloaded the app and it works. The app didn’t use to work on my device

  • roboraygun

    May 19, 2014 at 4:07 am

    “It Qualifies!” I’ll take it! =)

  • May 19, 2014 at 5:48 am

    At first i thought the MUTOS were very unoriginal but then realized that they provided an awesome duo for the Big G to battle. And some of the cinematography was great!

  • Smokingspoon

    May 19, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Yeah, that’s what I thought. I think it’s just because they didn’t wanted to make a monster too funky and more “real” (even though it’s dumb to say something fictional is mre real than an other) and it ends up with something bland and meh.

  • megaply

    May 19, 2014 at 6:42 am

    SPOILER ALERT!! watch it before it’s deleted. someone post it on Youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnQq2M_3W2I

  • May 19, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I didn’t like it. At all. Sorry. It was a waste of Godzilla. Even though he looked the part. Where was the heart? The charm? What we got was cuts to GI Joe every time they focus was about to shift to the interesting characters, Godzilla and Mutos.

  • May 19, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Just saw the movie yesterday in I-MAX 3D and I came on to this site just to tell you, you wont be disappointed, turns out you already beat me to the punch! I would agree that they did tease for a very long time, not enough for me not to enjoy the movie, but I see what your saying, I would also agree that they put Godzilla 2nd to the other monsters for most of the movie, but I think that was because they where still building you up for those awesome scenes where Godzilla basically took care of business. Overall I’d give this movie A 10 out of 10 not to say it was perfect, just that the pro’s out-weighed the cons that much to me.

  • May 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Christ, Nerd. You didn’t mention a single actor and, despite expectations for a grown man, pined for Pacific Rim, which was much cheesier and boring than Godzilla.
    I will give you the benefit of the doubt (kind of) by assuming you read too many deranged prayers for a PacRim-Godzilla crossover, may it never come to pass.
    What is wrong with you?

  • May 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    The other monsters look a lot like the bugs in Starship Troopers. So much in fact that when my wife saw them she turned to me and said “It’s a bug planet!” Started to laugh my pants off because she is right.

  • hiraxmax999

    May 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you sir, Me and my son were trying to find your Godzilla Review on youtube. then it occurred to us that it would be here. Hope to see a more , in depth review on youtube. this movie is not late though, its simply a new beginning , for a new generation. im 41, my son is 14 and were looking forward to more “US” Godzilla movies. Thanks for your videos, and your input.

  • hiraxmax999

    May 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I think you really gotta see it again, and sleep on it. My appreciation for it grew after a second viewing, and a few days passed. it freakin rules, but I agree, its not Toho. which is honestly why I think the US market will embrace it more.

  • c_d

    May 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Monty Python’s Holy Grail also opens with its credits
    (?)

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I was disappointed with this as a movie, honestly. Mostly upset with the shoddy cast of people (minus Cranston’s amazing performance) and their connections with each other being pretty frail and uninteresting. I loved the 20 minutes of Godzilla, it was awesome, but the overuse of teasing and the unlikable characters were painful to sit through. But I’m glad there was a new “Godzilla” movie. Hopefully the next one hits the mark (at least for me).

  • iflrores

    May 20, 2014 at 12:05 am

    i thought it was awesome, not my fav but still amazing!

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I loved how Godzilla was the cameo of his own movie.

  • T S

    May 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Fantastic movie, it’s not perfect but it definitely did the originals justice and was very entertaining. Glad I went and saw this with my dad.

  • GoobZilla89

    May 20, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Nice and fair assessment James, but I think you let yourself get bogged down on the design of the MUTO’s too much to see that they are actually very well accomplished creatures on a narrative standpoint. They’re REAL characters and not just a mindless monster for Godzilla to destroy by the end. And I think you’re claims about them being the Cloverfield monster again are a little extreme. Ya, the multi-limbed aspect is very similar, but the MUTO’s were much more insect like than the Cloverfield monster or the Super 8 monster.

    • GoobZilla89

      May 20, 2014 at 11:51 am

      And also, as much as I enjoy your take on things, James I think your “it’s not REAL Godzilla film” stance is a little much and comes off as too fanboyish, which is something I’ve always admired about you more than most online pop culture personalities and critics, is that you never come off as elitist or a know-it-all. I’m not trying to give you a hard time, honest. But come on, it’s a REAL Godzilla film. In tone and execution it’s a Godzilla film. And Toho even signed off on it and was involved in it’s development. So it can’t be any more of a Godzilla film if it tried.

  • GoobZilla89

    May 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I also think people are REALLY missing the point of the human element. Is Ford the most interesting or well acted character in film? No, but this movie is about experiencing the SITUATION through these peoples eyes, not to get into their minds and see what keeps them up at night. I thought Ford was a perfectly fine cipher to follow around. The plot of the film kept me entertained all the way through, it’s the exposition and the execution that’s masterful here, not the characters. And honestly, this film moves pretty damn well after the first act. People are bitching it’s too slow or whatever but watch the film again, once the first act wraps up the film throws an intense set piece at you fairly regularly until hitting you in the face with an awesome finale.

    Gareth Edwards REALLY knew what he was doing with these monsters. Every shot of these things (MUTO and Godzilla) is a “WOW” moment. His sense of scale and timing is impeccable. As much as I adored Pac Rim and as much as I think Del Toro is a visual master, his presentation of the kaiju and robots in that film never had the “Mother of god these things are massive…..I shit myself” impact of the monsters in this film. The attention to detail, scale, weight etc of these things is a marvel of modern effects. Giant monsters never scared me before, but there were moments in this film that literally gave me chills. The hatching scene and the train scene are two non-Godzilla highlights. The MUTO’s were genuinely scary beasts and Godzilla was just an intimidating son of a bitch.

    I think people are overstating the lack of Godzilla and are forgetting some of the fan favorite Toho films hold out on the action till the last act as well, but in this film it’s a sin. I don’t get it.

    Yes, the human drama can be seen as a bit stale, but compared to the Toho films the character work here is a revelation.

  • Lasse

    May 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks James went to see it and it was awesome.

  • May 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I largely agree with James’ thoughts. Food for thought – the MUTOs might be designed similarly to the American monsters you mentioned in order to showcase Godzilla’s superiority in the end. Like Godzilla saying “yeah, I just crushed TWO of your ‘typical’ monsters, this is why I’m king.” Sort of like in Final Wars when Godzilla levels ’98 Zilla. It could serve as a setup for a more classic foe in an upcoming sequel.

    • May 20, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      That’s a good thought. And maybe that was part of the thought process behind them. That said, I would have rather had an awesome new monster as opposed to that.

  • Orionsaint

    May 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Didn’t the MUTOS monsters remind you of Gyaos from the Gamera movies? I thought that was awesome!

  • Orionsaint

    May 20, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I love the sound the MUTOS made. It sounded like a classic Japanese monster sound.

  • Jman37X

    May 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Godzilla vs. Pacific Rim? We can certainly hope so.

  • DisturbedGuy135

    May 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I feel like some fans are still stuck in the past. This movie was meant and created to be a more realistic and gritty take on Godzilla. It was supposed to be grounded and not go insane with aliens and crazy monsters. Dont get me wrong, I love all the Godzilla films. Own every single one on DVD and now working on my Bluray collection. But something like Gigan wouldnt work in this movies universe because its just too wacky and out there. And I dont agree with Jame’s view on the Mutos. I love their design.
    Yes I hope Toho starts making Godzilla movies again, but let Gareth do his thing. He’s proven that he loves Godzilla as much as any hardcore fan and he has some awesome ideas in that brain of his. They already confirmed a sequel, and even though its very likely, lets hope Gareth returns as the director because he did awesome with this movie.

  • Ome

    May 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    The weak part of the movie was definitely the character of Ford, who was cut to WAY to often for how little he did, and how…unimpressive the Muto’s were. They were grey cloverfield monsters against dark scenery, it was bland. Especially with the varied Pacific Rim monsters still relatively fresh.

  • May 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I must say in my opinion, I thought it was a horrible movie,as you mention, its teasing you every 10 minutes or so, with the intention of giving a cool great fight between Godzilla and the Muto’s. But instead its cutting away from the fight, or making the monsters going into the shadow! But the thing that really made it hard for me, was the whole “Brody Bunch”. Fullfilling every big budget hollywood cliche! And btw only 9-10 minutes of total Godzilla screentime?! I could understand if that thing only happened in a smaller budget movie, where it builds tention, but even in that was the point it fails to deliver on that part!

  • KevinT1149

    May 20, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I just got back from seeing it I loved it. Also few days ago I picked up the new edition of Godzilla (1954) on DVD they released to tie into the new movie which includes the American and Japanese versions of the movie. I also got this new Gamera collectors tin DVD containing the first 6 Gamera films that came out recently too which besides your reviews I have never seen Gamera but your reviews made me interested.

  • May 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Funny that you should mention Super 8 and Cloverfield… I personally thought it was intentional, in the sense that the storytellers were bringing in the king of traditional monsters (Godzilla) to bash the ever living shit out of the modern monsters… and bring back the age of Toho.

  • May 21, 2014 at 12:18 am

    JUST got back from watching it and it was REALLY epic, I’m excited to go watch all the other Godzilla movies now.

    I have to say James, I really wanted to hear your opinion on this. Thanks for the review! =D

  • May 21, 2014 at 12:36 am

    To me the Mutos were the Cloverfield monster mixed with the Bugs from Starship Troopers, forgettable except for the whole EMP gimmick which provided some nice moments. Aside from some of the complaints you had I liked Gareth Edwards direction which treated this very well worn monster like its own monster film by teasing you instead of just having Godzilla through a majority of the film. It will be interesting to see how the sequels handle this idea though since the movie ends with the humans seeing Godzilla as a good guy

  • May 21, 2014 at 12:44 am

    While I agree with James that there were a lack of Godzilla fights and more human interactions. I think, spoiler’s ahead, it’s all made up by the third act. Looking back at the 1998 adaptation of Godzilla I found it terrible. Godzilla looks more of a dinosaur then what it is in Japanese films and this film. I think the 2014 movie was the best I’ve seen this year, I love it that they’ve kept the design of Godzilla towards the original design like they did back in the 50’s and parts of the film feels like the old school japanese film. There are some tense moments, almost like Jurassic Park.

  • May 21, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I remember watching the original Godzilla movies with my dad when I was younger. When I saw the 1998 version I didn’t know what to think. I was horribly disappointed. But, when I saw this movie I loved it. Yes, there are some problems (the main characters are just dreadful to watch and the MUTO monsters looked pretty generic) but there are so many things that outshine the bad! Bryan Cranston who is fresh off this hit show Breaking Bad does a fantastic job, he added emotion and just all around a great performance. But, the biggest wow factor of the movie was Godzilla himself. He looked freakin amazing and the amount of detail that went into the character model and the movement he makes is amazing. Would I have liked to see more Godzilla in the movie? Yes. But that’s whats so great about these movies. Seeing Godzilla in his full glory is a treat and would not have the same kind of value if he was on screen for more than half of the movie. Overall, this movie was great and I would recommend it for any Godzilla fan, especially if they are still recovering from the 1998 failure.

  • May 21, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Ok I have GOT to know this… since you’ve got your very own display area just for Godzilla movies… HOW BIG IS YOUR HOUSE!?!

  • 321LetsJam

    May 21, 2014 at 1:04 am

    James, the reason they couldn’t do it right in 1998 was because they had Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich in charge of it and they just wanted to use the name and do their own thing. In fact, in a meeting with Toho over the look of the monster, they said “This is what we’re doing. Take it or leave it.” And Toho took it ’cause they wanted that sweet cash.

    To this day, Roland Emmerich thinks he made a good movie and does not understand the Japanese Godzilla’s popularity. “I just don’t get it,” he recently said. You don’t say…

  • May 21, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Hoo man James, you and I are like on the same wavelength… I recorded a video exactly like this a few days ago, which I’m re-uploading because it desynced on a few spots.
    My co-host of Rantech Radio shared your video with me and i was like… Holy crap, this is just like my video! “The Nerd” agrees with me! Huzzah!
    If you ever get a chance, check it out. You are on my circles ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cyrus – Host of Rantech Radio

  • May 21, 2014 at 3:25 am

    (possible small spoilers)
    Ha, I remember logging into YouTube on Monday and wondering if you had time to see Godzilla.

    I understand your critique of the appearance of the MOTUs but I thought their motivation was pretty compellling (protecting their babies). I think they looked “cool enough” and I reeeeeeeeeally liked the tension when one of them did the EMP bursts, and when it made all the fighter jets fly out of the air.

    I also think that compared to Pacific Rim, the disconnect between the human and robo/kaiju elements was less distracting, and more compelling. I really liked Cranston’s speech into the one-way-mirror. I also thought it was cool (and added to the apparent scale of the monsters) that when they show the monsters throughout most of the movie they are from the perspective, or start out in the perspective of a human. I haven’t really watched any of the Godzilla movies so I guess I will defer to you as a Godzilla expert.

  • May 21, 2014 at 4:01 am

    I must admit I do agree with what you are saying. I went to see the movie yesterday with an old friend and I enjoyed it and he he loved it, although he’s never really been a fan of the original movies so I think its works well for none fans as well as fans.

    The monsters, yeah they were a little generic, but honestly, that’s the way most modern horror and Sci Fi movies have gone in recent years; just a lack of imagination. However, at least it didn’t come across as a CGI project with some human dialogue tacked on to make a story. Lets hope that they don’t go crazy and begin knocking out a bunch of hacked together sequels just to cash in.

    Overall, yes there were some suspect moments but it wasn’t a disappointment.

  • Kelvin Ooi

    May 21, 2014 at 4:05 am

    THE KING OF THE MONSTERS is back!

  • May 21, 2014 at 7:42 am

    James, any chance you can review Pacific Rim too?

  • Fabio Silva

    May 21, 2014 at 9:31 am

    The actors are bad (except for Cranstonm but he dies within 20 minutes of film), the plot is bad and you should feel bad. The 20 minutes Godzilla appears on screen, most of that is just watching his spiky back in the water as he swims. I watched 123 minutes of a movie that I only enjoyed the last 5 minutes.

  • May 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

    James wanted Godzilla to be a rubber suit, and I get that. When I saw the movie in the cinema I thought Godzilla had a nice Rubber Suit CGI blend feel. it looked enough like a rubber suit to be close to the source material, but also computer generated enough to be a modern blockbuster. this is in no way negative, because the movie and Godzilla both look amazing.

  • May 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I sort of agree about the over tease. I thought ‘I better see some real monster fighting like right now’ and at that point the end fight began. Then I realized the end fight was made all better by the teasing, it was cinematic foreplay before a big monster orgasm.

  • May 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I agree 100% James. I love the rubber suits too, something is lost with CGI. Unfortunately I think we are outnumbered. Everyone loves CGI nowadays and it’ll probably be that way from here on out. I also agree the MUTO monsters were unoriginal. I’m hoping for Ghidorah in the next movie (With classic Ghidorah sounds not 90s Ghidorah sounds). It’s not going to happen but I can dream. People are praising the film for it’s restraint with Godzilla. It was too much restraint. My only problem with your review is you also criticized the film for its lack of Godzilla but you loved Final Wars which has less than 13 minutes of Godzilla in a 2 hour movie.

    • GoobZilla89

      May 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      I really resent this type of thinking. Do you HONESTLY think this movie would be successful if they shot it with a guy in a suit? Come on, use common sense. The majority of audiences would laugh the film out of the theater if a guy in a suit showed up. Yes, us fans love the suit but that doesn’t mean Godzilla can and only should be a suit. I think people let nostalgia keep them in the past and keep them restrained as far as accepting things in long running franchise.

      Watch the movie and look and how much care and detail was put into Godzilla. He has a real personality. He feels pain, anger, exhaustion, triumph…all of this is readable on the character because the effects are that good.

      You still have 28 freakin’ movies to watch a suit. If the idea of a CGI is that scary to you don’t even see any future movies.

  • Jaeger Newman

    May 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    So James are you going do a more in-depth review of this movie in October for Monster Madness since it will have had time to cook with you? By the way, I saw the movie, and I agree with everything you said accept for Godzilla’s opponents, who I thought made for an interesting match up, though if a sequel is made I think it would be cool to see a classic opponent.

  • matteo falletti

    May 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you very much james for this revieew. I was just waitin your thoughts about this movie. Now I’m ready to take a look at this ^^

  • May 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Godzilla fuggin sucked, we all know it. It could have been so much different and better, don’t lie…you know it’s true ๐Ÿ™‚

  • May 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    The new Godzilla movie definately deserves title as Masterpiece. The MUTO creatures were very scary, and had an interesting background. I like how the movie escalated carefully without boring you or giving you too much at once. Yeah I can understand how there was too much character story going on, but in a way it makes you feel what its like to be a human, dealing with this. And MUTO being shown more then GODZILLA, well they were the main threat, the reason Godzilla AWAKENED, so showing them second most I think worked well, to see what they are up to, the reason why we need them gone, and then LET THEM FIGHT, GODZILLA, the MAIN character you appreciate more, for the moments he is on screen. If they showed him anymore then that, I think you wouldnt appreciate as much. You would get used to seeing him. Though it would be awesome, but from a creative perspective, I think they showed him just the right amount. His moments on screen were important, and had a point. Not all just cutscenes to one on one fights. He woke, he traveled, he was followed, he showed up on shore, he ran into the MUTO, fought, got worn out, came back with a vengeance, and blew us away. Theres so much to say. GODZILLA IS GOD.

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:59 am

    What’s with the good reviews? This was like the worst movie ever!!! It was terrible! It lacked continuity and apparently Godzilla and the other creatures could control natural disasters and shut down electricity. Total crap fest.

    • May 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      The idea was that the mutos could create an EMP, like an atomic weapon. The tsunami that came in with Godzilla was just because he was so big. I loved both elements, but to each his own.

  • Homika

    May 22, 2014 at 3:30 am

    I loved the final battle of this movie, and I agree with James on the build up not working out.

    I hope there’s a sequel, with a lot more focus on action and the monsters.

  • May 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Good movie but like you stated so many jump cuts its unreal. talking about pacific rim i heard that they are in plans to do godzilla vs one of the robots

  • May 22, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I’d say people calling it a “masterpiece” are going a bit far. It was hardly that, on any front. It was okay. To me, that’s about it. It was okay. It wasn’t the monumental failure (that was no fault of Matthew Broderick’s, by the way), of the 1998 film. But it wasn’t REALLY a Godzilla film, like James says, either. And it was RATHER dull for long stretches, which is honestly unforgivable.

    I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. And I have mixed feeling about it’s success. On the one hand, I’m happy “Godzilla” is the top movie worldwide. As a lifelong Godzilla fan, that does bring a certain amount of pride. BUT, on the other hand, I have a fear that Toho might use this success as an excuse to say “See, Hollywood does just fine with it, and we still make money”, and not bother actually going back to making their own, REAL, suitmation Godzilla films, like they SHOULD do.

    I’m also not really thrilled, either way, about the idea of them “franchising” Godzilla in Hollywood, with a long string of CGI-fest monsters that they shit out on a every-two-or-less-year basis. I just don’t want to see that, honestly. It’s Toho’s baby, and like James says, they SHOULD be suitmation, traditionally done, and in Japan. Toho doesn’t even have to pump one out one per year. That might actually be bad, as they’ve done in the past. It might be better if they only do one every five or so years. That way, they could take their time making them, and put more resources into each one, and avoid franchise fatigue.

    That’s what I want to see. I want to see more legit Toho G-films, and until then…..well…..I pretty much feel about people loving this American movie, as I do about people who love the new Doctor Who show, but don’t know about or give a shit about the original, classic Doctor Who.

    • J1a8son

      May 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      I completely agree with everything you said. Literally everything. Bottom line, I hope Toho will make more official Godzilla movies.

    • nammm3

      May 27, 2014 at 6:10 am

      I completely understand how you and James felt about the movie, I too think it wasn’t a movie i’d hate or love. But I still give it credit for being at least a good movie. How many movies out there can you point out that tried to make an origin story and a tribute to over 20+ different Godzilla movies (which varied incredibly every decade), work? It did a good job at that but like your expectations, which i’m sure was like mine, I too was hoping it would’ve been the best movie i’ve ever seen ๐Ÿ™

      If you’ve seen Gareth Edward’s first film, he lovvves to tease the audience. But the payoff should have lasted longer rather than it lasting for only 10 seconds; it was still my favorite scene of the movie though, I thought Godzilla was going to ”King Kong” him but he did NOT! Let’s hope Godzilla 2 and 3 will be amazing because movies like ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Star Wars Empire Strikes Back’ give us hope as sequels!

  • May 23, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Glad to see you comment. I watched your Godzillathon before the movie.

    I agree that the constant monster teasing got to be a bit much but I think this film can lead to a lot of great stuff. When Godzilla uses his atomic breath I went crazy.

    By making Godzilla a hero, if they dont screw up the next movies, I think Godzillas popularity in the States could skyrocket. My money is on MechaGodzilla as the next major villain.

    • May 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      I think they go with a Ghidorah type monster next time. My real question though is when do we see Jet Jaguar?!?!?!

  • May 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Saw it in IMAX 3D. It was **amazing** in that setting. My girlfriend even liked it. Please see it like that if you can!

    *SPOILERS BELOW**

    I disagree with some of your complaints but I can see where you are coming from. I independently thought the mutos looked like the Cloverfield monster a bit (crossed with Rodan), but I liked the design. They were indeed shown quite a bit more than Godzilla himself, which I agree was a little disappointing. I think that was done because they didn’t want Godzilla to destroy so much property and kill so many people – he was the hero of the film, after all. As to the Godzilla tease, I think they were going for more of the human perspective. What would it be like to be around these giant monsters fighting? You’d run, you wouldn’t sit there and watch it. I also liked it to be a little more grounded in reality. Giant monsters already strain the suspension of disbelief – going too far would break it and diminish the impact.

    My main criticism is that the most interesting human character and best actor in the movie died off so early.

    • nammm3

      May 27, 2014 at 6:17 am

      Very good points, especially when you said ”Giant monsters already strain the suspension of disbelief โ€“ going too far would break it and diminish the impact.”. I don’t agree with your final criticism about the most interesting human character dying too early. I think the problem with that was how that character died and how they showed that character being dead. I didn’t like how ”easily” that character died, especially what that character went through with the plant implosion in the beginning, and the body bag scene made the death seem too rushed and unbelievable. I did like how they killed a major character off though, not a lot of movies do that anymore.

  • Edgar Gonzรกlez

    May 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    It was released on my birthday :ยด)

  • May 23, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I think you echoed just about every thought I had about the movie, although I thought the end was a little lackluster because he seems to get through them too easily. I have to admit, I was hoping there would be a better, more creative “evil” monster and I was hoping for a little more of the main event. It was just too subdued.

    Also, to me Ken Watanabe didn’t play the regretful scientist you see in the old Toho films well. It was basically mumble the same line over and over, then leave. He is a much better actor than the part he was given and I think it ended up dragging his performance down. A shame considering some of his other roles.

    In the end, it’s much better than Godzilla ’98, but a long way from the Toho movies, even some of the totally insane ones from the 70s. With that said, if they can refine the formula I think they could make some great movies with Godzilla again.

  • strider

    May 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Didn`t like the movie, it was more like a Call of Duty Meets Godzilla Film. Too much military, Navy Seals, and that shit…. I like the begining of the film, but when “that guy” dies, the movie becomes more boring…Also, why not show more godzilla?, I understand the surprise factor but, really?, even the fights and the end are most in the dark, with no much to see

  • hangar40

    May 25, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I finally saw the film and I agree with James. It’s not a Godzilla movie. It’s unacceptable that they left Godzilla in the background as a secondary character. SPOILER ALERT We wanted to see Godzilla fighting the monsters, don’t care about a kid watching the news with the fight ending in 2 seconds (First full body appearance of Godzilla).

  • nammm3

    May 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

    The movie had everything that was missing from the 1998 Godzilla movie: he looks like Godzilla, he didn’t get stopped by the military, has atomic breath, fought another monster(s) and his roar was AMAZING! But for a movie in which I had HUGE expectations for, it did not live up to it. I didn’t feel ”wowed” by it like I did with Gareth’s first film, ‘Monsters’, once it finished. I wish the payoff lasted longer after all of the build-up, the payoff felt like it lasted no longer than 10 seconds when Godzilla killed the final monster. Aaron Johnson should’ve layed and sat there watching the 2 duke it out more… I can’t think of any other way to watch the monsters fight longer with a POV perspective since Gareth Edward’s cinematography style is heavy on first person perspective.

    Good movie, not the best Godzilla movie ever but I still enjoyed it. Nice review James, I completely agree with you about the villain monsters’ designs being too meh. How you felt about the teasing, that’s just Gareth’s style of moviemaking, he loves teasing the audience. Lol. So expect more of that for his upcoming movies. Thanks for the review James!! I wonder how Mike felt about the movie

  • Alice Cera

    May 28, 2014 at 8:35 am

    “And there was clapping”

    A true American cinema.

  • May 28, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Godzilla 2014 was okay their are to many problems with it

  • Philippe Hoss Gagnon

    May 30, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Hey James You did such an awesome job with everything you did so far keep on gaming avgn forever

  • May 31, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    James, I challenge you to a cage fight. This is a legit challenge. Proceeds will go to charity.

  • May 31, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    James, I challenge you to a cage fight. I will destroy you. Proceeds will go to charity.

  • rato baraj

    June 5, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I think this would have been a great movie if was about a natural disaster, or something else where the people should be the focus. It takes an hour before you see the other monster, another 20 minutes before you see Godzilla in all it’s glory, and when they’re about to face off… cut to the main characters family watching it on the news, then back to the aftermath. It does a great job showing the after effects, but not enough of the actual action taking place. It seems like there are 3 monster fights in the movie, but you only get to see the last one, and by that point I was too disappointed to enjoy it. It’s not a bad movie in it’s own right, but if you want to see some big monsters fighting, look elsewhere.

  • June 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Always the japanese are more creative when it comes to monsters and even super powers.The monsters have even more detail in a super sentai movie-series than yours.And the super powers they make in their characters as well makes your super heroes look dull.Especially in the latest comics they made.

  • Josh

    June 7, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I felt exactly the same about the “monster teasing”. I got pretty angry by the 3rd time they did it. It definitely needed to show more monsters fighting.

  • June 10, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I really love the Godzilla (GOJIRA) films

  • A_Video_G_Nerd

    June 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Guess I’m gonna have to go watch it. I was told Godzilla was barely even in this version.

  • Justin Middleton

    June 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I saw the movie just two days ago with my friends, and IMO this is an undeniable improvement . Watching it made me remember seeing the 98′ one with my uncle 16 years ago and the disappointment within, the faithfulness to the original source is all the better. Considering how they botched the other one, this movie actually got on the right track.

  • Carson Hearne

    June 16, 2014 at 12:32 am

    James should review the Jackass movies!!

  • June 16, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I’m sorry to say this but this movie was pitiful and disappointed a lot of people. Some don’t seem to care if Godzilla didn’t get enough screen time but they just don’t get how a movie is created. The writing was bad, the characters suck, the plot was terrible and the delivery of the whole movie was poorly executed. Even if you say it’s a godzilla movie, it failed altogether. The beginning was the worst part I’ve ever seen. What were they thinking with that idea??? In all honesty, and I meant it always, even before I went to see Godzilla 2014, I’ll always prefer the 98′ Godzilla 100 times way more than this reboot. If you all hate me for that, go ahead but face harsh facts; there are lots of things Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla delivers that are way better than Gareth’s Godzilla did.

    https://www.yahoo.com/movies/godzilla-5-things-roland-emmerichs-1998-version-did-86454539542.html

  • June 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    best part was the halo jump

  • July 1, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    this godzilla movie is the start of the legendary siries

  • Erepyon

    July 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I like the new movie… While you’re right James, that this is not a perfect Godzilla movie, but I guess this is the one that can attract people who are not Godzilla fan into liking Godzilla, especially for the young ones.
    The thing that I kinda don’t like from this movie is that, I think Godzilla is kinda soft in this movie. He’s still amazing (although, kinda fat don’t you think?), but I think he’s not bad-ass enough. Godzilla is kinda kind in this movie, he didn’t do much destruction (although he did make the Tsunami when he first came), and it seemed like he care about the people. Not saying that’s nit good, but I always remember Godzilla as a bad-ass “King of Monsters” who never give a fuck about humanity xD
    He fought the monsters simply because the world is not big enough for too many giant monsters, while the humans… Screw them! Let them die xD
    But, it’s just a minor complaint, and it’s just personally for me. Bottomline, this is still a good Godzilla movie

  • avg brony

    July 14, 2014 at 4:18 am

    what about mikes thoughts ?

  • July 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Awesome Godzillathon by Cinemassacre!!

  • MrStaypuft

    July 26, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I loved the movie. I would have seen it multiple times but I decided to do what I can to complete my Godzilla Movie collection first. Just for a few days later for me to find a novelization of the movie at my job. So now I have seen the movie and will get it on DVD and have it as a book as well. I am so glad this movie brought back the fandom of Godzilla to such a degree that I can buy things other than DVDs of the series.

  • Imperial96

    August 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    James, I would like to hear a full review of this movie when it comes out to DVD, like what you did in Godzillathon.

  • Heatseeker86

    August 6, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Just saw the movie. Yeah Im kinda late on that, sue me.. Im glad I didnt stop your video before tearing this movie a new one because at first it sounded like you were going to give this film about an 8 out of 10. I would have given it a 7 because of the cut aways alone. Oh my fucking god. Way to jerk me around, Hollywood!

  • August 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I heard that they might be makeing godzilla 2 and I heard rummers that KING KONG will be in it

  • August 12, 2014 at 4:42 am

    i love this movie its unbelievable with the visual effects and i was so happy when (MINOR SPOILER ALERT) they actually got godzilla to do his laser beam and tail smack attacks (END OF MINOR SPOILER) they finally got godzilla right this time. i also get why some people wanted a little more of godzilla after seeing this film but its an introduction movie to the new godzilla so im fine with that. theres also gonna be two more movie to this godzilla so i cant wait for those movies as well. im so happy with this movie and i look foward to some old monsters making a come back THE KING OF MONSTERS IS BACK and finally done right.

    • August 12, 2014 at 4:59 am

      AND theres going to be a new godzilla game exclusively to the playstation 3 and you can destroy cities as any godzilla you want INCLUDING THE 2014 AND 1954 GODZILLA aswell as fighting other monsters.

  • Mega-Gojira

    August 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Same Opinions Here!!!

  • September 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    yeah.the Teases.probably the main complaint from most people.
    i was ok with the lack of godzilla.it took the awesomness down a bit but i could still enjoy the movie.

    but my most disapointing scene was the non existing airport battle.i dont have to see non stop action but this scene had incredible build up.there should have been a fight there for us to see.the entire movie before that was teasing us with godzilla.and then he made an amazingly badass entry and…………..it cuts away.that was terrible.it built up a fight perfectly.it could have been a great cinematic moment like ripley coming in with the power loader or something.
    very disapointing.
    we got an awesome battle in the end but i wish there were atleast two.

  • Victoria Coombs

    October 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Great video James !

  • Alek Travis

    January 31, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Well james, I’m here to say that you better start calling it, “The American Godzilla Trilogy.” You might have heard this already, but what you might not have heard was that in 2018, in G2, three original toho monsters come back in a remake of the original monster mash. Yeah, I’m talkin mothra, rodan, and yes, king ghidorah. Hell yeah! Also, great news. You won’t have to wait that long, because in the fall of 2016, toho, yes, toho, will be making a new godzilla series featuring suit action. That’s awesome. If you’ve already heard this, that’s cool. Lemme know your thoughts, cuz I’m a giant godzilla fan, and I love the nerd series.

  • TheFreakMachine

    July 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Here in the future in July 2016, right after toho announced a new TRUE Godzilla movie, we’ll have a whole new opinion about this movie.
    We’ll understand that this movie wasn’t good, it was only better than the tristar one: and in some thing it was even worst.
    You’ll see in the Future.

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