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.
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.
May 19, 2014 at 1:54 am
Guess you havent seen that many movies or you are 15, or both.
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…
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!
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.
Okay, not first!
May 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm
First to be eaten by Godzilla, hopefully.
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 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm
I agree dude
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 😛
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.
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.
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?
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 🙂
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.
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
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
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..
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.
May 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm
The MUTO, I mean.
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.
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.
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?
May 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm
I think you should still see it before you leave more comments.
CGI isn’t that bad.
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
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?
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.
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/
May 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 cliché. 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.
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.
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??
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.
May 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm
toho approved of the MUTOs in the film
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.
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.
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! 😀
May 18, 2014 at 3:25 am
Does anyone else wanna see James make a Godzilla movie in the future? I know I would.
May 20, 2014 at 12:29 am
I bet you anything, if he did, it’d be better than this movie. IMO
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 5:40 am
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.
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.
May 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm
They didn’t want to take attention away from Godzilla ? He was barely in it.
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?
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.
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…
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.
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?
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
May 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm
Omg so much mistakes and I can’t edit the post…
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.
May 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm
Well Legendary has confirmed they’re already working on a sequel! 😀
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.
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
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
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
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).
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!
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).
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
SPOILER ALERT!! watch it before it’s deleted. someone post it on Youtube.
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 11:11 am
A sequel is currently in the works.
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.
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.
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.
May 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm
Monty Python’s Holy Grail also opens with its credits