Godzilla (2014) RE-Review

Mike Matei / July 12th, 2016

2 years later, I give more detailed thoughts to Legendary’s GODZILLA (2014). How does it hold up?


  • Pablo1989

    July 12, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Irony 😛 ive been half hour ago read TVTROPES about Godzilla(2014)

    • Lastor

      July 12, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Coincidence is not irony.

      Sorry. I’ve nothing to do.

  • IbanezJFS

    July 12, 2016 at 6:07 am

    To be honest….The Tristar version was a guilty pleasure for me. It’s not a bad movie it just didn’t really have Godzilla in it. As for CG vs Suit….Depends on how they look because lets face it. Both can look downright awful.

    • July 12, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Same here. I liked the cartoon series too.

    • Weldin Dunn

      July 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      It just shouldn’t be called Godzilla then. Just call it “Scientist Ferris Bueller and by the way Godzilla too.”

    • Don Skiver

      July 13, 2016 at 6:57 am

      The Tristar version *was* a better film, imho. It wasn’t a “Godzilla Movie” it was improperly named, but it was a better film. I just call it “Zilla” from now on ever since “Godzilla: Final Wars” anyways.

  • fonz man

    July 12, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Funny. I watched “The Host (2006)” and “Godzilla (2014)”back to back and found that Godzilla has nearly no human drama. The main character is only there to guide us to the next monster location (like a guide in an amusement park). All the focus is on the monsters.
    Whereas The Host uses the monster very clever to build its main focus on the human drama!
    In my opinion, The Host was much more enjoyable BECAUSE the monster is NOT the focus!

  • Nicholas Demos

    July 12, 2016 at 7:01 am

    You know what the main difference between the Tri-Star film and this is? The 1998 one was FUN. This one bored me to death.
    Now, TBH I don’t care for Godzilla movies. Never have. So I might be biased, but as an external spectator. (not a fan) Emmerich’s Godzilla was much better.

  • Nicholas Demos

    July 12, 2016 at 7:11 am

    *Sorry for double posting* Just watched the whole video. James, DUDE. Just ACCEPT IT. Emmerich’s is a much better movie. GTFO with your “it wasn’t Godzilla”.
    It’s a better film. Period.

    • July 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      I liked the film but many don’t consider it Godzilla because the asexual nature and the fact that it died from a few missiles (Godzilla is supposed to be unstoppable) Toho actually renamed the monster Zilla (taking the God out of it) so the real Godzilla could kill him in Godzilla final wars.

      • Nicholas Demos

        July 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm

        Yes. I know. That’s why I said in all honesty that I’ve never been a fan of Godzilla films. So as a random movie-goer I can safely say that TriStar’s was much better.

    • July 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Ok foaming at the mouth fanboi

      • Nicholas Demos

        July 12, 2016 at 10:07 pm

        Sure. If you say so.

  • geddon

    July 12, 2016 at 7:44 am

    eh, I loved the 2014 Godzilla

  • July 12, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Ugh, it appears none of my comments are showing up when I log in through facebook.

  • July 12, 2016 at 11:15 am

    If you ask me this Godzilla has the same problem of all the Toho films; its boring when Godzilla isn´t on screen.

    Plus as usual, Godzilla it´s about the lack of power of man against forces of nature, thats why all the human drama and armies running around feels as fillers, because they are absolutely powerless and it wouldn´t be a Godzilla movie in any other way.

    Godzilla 2014 it´s a victim of it´s own formula, powerless humans running around while Godzilla saves the day against films like Pasific Rim were man can fight back making it a much more enjoyable movie

    • Mogy Wang

      July 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

      I don’t think the human part in the Toho Godzilla movies is boring. Maybe if you were an Japanese, you wouldn’t think so, too. Also, actually in some Toho Godzilla movies, humans beat or nearly beat Godzilla, like, in Monsters All-Out Attack, the two mega-Godzilla movies and even the original Godzilla movie. In some Godzilla movies, human used myth and power of nature to battle Godzilla. In others, they used science. They made super missiles, big robots and even mini-black-hole generator.

  • Satnav

    July 12, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Honestly some of James’ complaints can be just as applicable to the Toho versions when you look at them objectively. At least this one had Bryan Cranston, whereas some of the other ones had…pretty much no memorable characters, that the movie fixates on anyway.

    As for the Tristar version…yeah, it has more spectacle, maybe, but it’s still…annoying in terms of characters and plot. No way is it any better than the 2014 one. This film went back to the original, where Godzilla is more like a natural disaster and a horrifying figure, and did that pretty well IMO.

    In regards to the effects…well, regular audiences just tend to find the look of rubber suits comical these days, with the way they sort of lumber around stiffly. Naturally, I don’t mind them in the Toho ones, but if you’re going to make a mainstream blockbuster in the west, of course you’ll go for CGI.

    Now, I do agree that some of the cockteasing got a bit annoying, and the middle act is a bit weak. But, all of this arguably to me made the final fight more satisfying, and I actually grinned when Godzilla’s tail lit up.

    All in all, the Legendary one, while flawed, is still a good effort, and better made than a lot of the Toho ones.

    • Mogy Wang

      July 12, 2016 at 11:44 am

      I would say there are many shitty Toho Godzilla movies, but there are many good ones, as well.

    • July 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Youre right!

  • July 12, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Great video James. I agree with your points. The 1998 movie had way better pacing. The 1998 movie did spawn a cool cartoon series which is now available in a complete series dvd set that goes for under $20 a ToysRus. Fun show but some episodes are out of order.

  • July 12, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    You don’t know Bryan Cranston?…You’re missing out James, you should totally wath Breaking Bad if you ever get the chance.

  • frostare

    July 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    So that’s why even HE did a review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZoVyQ0905A

  • Jon-Erich

    July 12, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    I see Godzilla 2014 as another Batman Begins. It’s a good start but there’s so much that could be improved. I think the sequel really has the potential to be the Dark Knight equivalent of monster movies.

  • derek

    July 12, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    James, how have you not seen Bryan Cranston’s work? seriously, go watch Breaking Bad, i beg you, he is an amazing actor, he won 3 consecutive emmys for his performance in it. throughout the show he displayes every emotion you could think of, and does a fan-fucking-tastic job at it.

    also, watch Malcolm in the middle, he was really good in that too.

    • Eelco

      July 12, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Think he’s more of a movie guy (like me) than a TV guy.
      Although, I love me some: Band of Brothers, Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, American Horror Story, Prison Break, etc.

  • July 12, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Good review. But I call bullshit on you can tell on whats CG and not. I recomend you watch RocketJumps 7 minute video about CG and you might just widen your mind regarding CG. Ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL6hp8BKB24

    • bud

      July 13, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Whenever CG is employed to create a new creature, species or any kind of organic matter, I can always tell it’s fake. When CG is used for creating environments and inanimate objects and explosions and shit, it looks seamless. But CG is getting better all the time and the texturing/shadowing makes all the difference. Still, the dinos in Jurassic Park look better to me than they did in Jurassic World (for the most part). I still think practical (or a blend of CG and practical) is the best way to go, even though it’s sometimes more costly or time-consuming.

  • Bryce Neuner

    July 12, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Hey James, doing a re-review of Godzilla 2014? Sounds like you’re getting pumped up for the new one! (Thanks for posting that update too, I showed my son the new trailer and he keeps asking me if it’s out yet!) I think the writers of Godzilla 2014 were really on the fence about how to convey Godzilla. Ultimately they went with making him the “good guy” of the film, therefor creating other Kaiju for him to fight. If Godzilla had more screen time, he would have to be destroying everything in his path, and making him a mass murderer and just as bad as the monsters he is fighting. It’s a tricky situation that even Toho has re-evaluated as the films progressed. Basically, they wanted Godzilla to be an intimidating, awe-inspiring, destructive force without making him the creature that had to be destroyed by the end. I agree that a lot of the human elements stretched out too long and there wasn’t enough screen time for the main attraction. All in all, I enjoyed this one much more than Godzilla 1998, and I look forward to the new Toho version too!

  • CessnaDriver

    July 12, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I can see why some may not have dug on it so much. But I have to say I was pretty happy with it. They were re-intro-ing G, and like ALIEN and monster classics before, they wanted to hold back on how much you see the creature. Of course I want more action and G in the next one but they I think were always headed that direction. I will say that it is far better than some of the Japanese made Godzillas and I have seen them all. Even Toho doesn’t do a good job sometimes. The good news is we have several new Godzilla movies in the future coming. This is amazing!

  • itscmillertime

    July 12, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Did you really not know who Brian Cranston was? Never watched Malcolm in the middle, breaking bad, Seinfeld?

  • July 12, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    You know were all betting on ToHo and will sit back fro the new godzilla vs king kong.

  • Persian_Assassin

    July 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    To sum up Godzilla: Hoo-rah military bullshit under the guise of a kaiju movie. About as boring and stale as Battle: LA.

  • July 12, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Hollywood, if you’re out there?
    Please help James direct a Godzilla movie!

  • July 13, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Your The Man James!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bud

    July 13, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I hated the Tristar version and liked the Legendary version. But I like your version much better.

    I’m going to chime in and say that you should sit down and watch Breaking Bad sometime, too. I managed to watch the entire series in one week on Netflix. One of the best weeks of my life.

    • July 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      I think everyone should go on PutLocker right now and watch the pilot episode of Malcolm in the Middle. I’m stunned James never watched it.

  • July 13, 2016 at 11:00 am

    cool video,

    I think tristar’s version is a better movie, it’s entertaining, it’s funny, it’s cool, it’s dynamic, it has stuff blowing up and raptors at the end. Overall – Lots of Fish!

    I don’t know why is it such a big deal that the creature’s name Godzilla. Can’t it be some parallel universe or something?

  • July 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    The hell James! Go watch Malcolm in the Middle!!!

  • Roth Sothy

    July 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I was hoping you’d compare it to something like say Godzilla (1985)/Return of Godzilla, which was also a fresh reboot in itself, and had that slow reveal of the monster. Kinda touched up on it but wasn’t quite there. I feel that with each reboot after a 10-year hiatus, it’s always that slow reveal from the Showa era, to Heisei, to Millennium, to even now. I agree on the most part though. I too initially had no problems with the Tri-Star’s Godzilla ’98 other than the design of the creature(s) which is a very crucial aspect for viewers of these films. The Internet just makes it seem worse than what it actually was; Final Wars(?) was proof of that. I did admire the directing style for ’98 and the ’14. In all, I accept what Legendary is doing because it pays tribute to the older films, at least how I see it, but we definitely need more action sequences in the next one.

    • Roth Sothy

      July 13, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      2:00 I can name a couple franchises that keep their theme. I recall a recent ULTRAMAN short film/trailer that used the original theme. The new Alvin and the Chipmunks TV series use a remixed/remake version of the iconic theme. Same with the new Ghostbusters.
      Maybe you can count the Terminator series too which has always kept the “dun dun dun d-dun” beat going for it throughout.

  • danblukk

    July 13, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I cant find the original review?

  • July 14, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    James, you never saw Brian Cranston before this film?

    No Breaking Bad in your life? You need to fix that asap!

  • HungShark

    July 15, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    James, you hit the nail on the head with Godzilla 2014. I agree wholeheartedly with them, and have argued those points ever since I walked out of the theater two years ago.

    I also really like your re-imagined cut of how it should have been. Well done.

  • deniii

    July 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I watched the 3D version and I found it strange when you said the movie was too dark because it didn’t look that way to me.
    Then you said the 3D version wasn’t that dark and that’s when it came to me: maybe the 3D version is brighter because of the 3D glasses.

    Those glasses, or at least, those that use active shutter, “darken” the image. Maybe the 3D version was made brighter to compensate this problem and if you use passive glasses, then the movie does look better.

    On PCs using NVidia 3D Vision technology, newer monitors have a light boost feature when using 3D to compensate for the darker image caused by the glasses (that’s how I watched this movie, using 3D Vision on the PC)

  • mike keith

    July 19, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Bryan Cranston was busy filming Breaking Bad at the time, so he only had so much time to be in the movie.
    I didn’t have any problem with the movie myself, just my opinion.

  • greenobeeno

    July 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-07-21/funimation-licenses-toho-2016-shin-godzilla-film/.104574 James Japanese New Gojira getting released by Funimation in the fall and may see theaters as well!

  • TheFreakMachine

    July 27, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    What’s the movie James says? “Super Ape”?

  • gow75

    September 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    u do know the ahhhh ahhh part music is from 2001 a space odyssey

  • Billy Billiamson

    October 10, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    It’s a pretty good movie theater movie but Kick Ass did kind of make it worse but hey Godzilla looked right!

  • November 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I loved it thought it was amazing

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