Let’s Go See GODZILLA!

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It may have taken over a decade, but it looks as if we finally have a red white and blue, giant lizard palate cleanser…

Anyone going to see Godzilla this weekend? The Laser Time gang is headed out this Friday night, and we’re clicking our heels in anticipation while doing our bestest boyish impressions of over-dubbed Japanese pre-teens “Look, Poppa, look! Godzilla is going up against the Amazing Spider-Man!” We might even have a review up on the site soon, but feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments below.

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A visual chart of this weekend’s North American Box Office 

There’s been a ton of Zilla-based chicanery going on here at on the Time of Lasers. VGMpire just did a whole episode based entirely on Godzilla VGM, we’ve got a semi-regular feature on the 1970s Godzilla cartoon, we currently are giving out a Godzilla ’98 commentary in exchange for a small monetary donation (only FOUR days left to get yours) and I wouldn’t be surprised if ol’ Gojira showed up on another podcast bright and early next week…

And speaking of the 1998 abomination, this weekend is finally allowing we, the dorkier citizens of These United States to breathe a sigh of relief. Gareth Edwards’ film is reviewing well (possibly the best reviewed Godzilla cartoon EVER according to Rotten Tomatoes) and from what people are telling me, we no longer have Roland Emmerich’s abysmal reinterpretation hanging over patriotic cinephile ‘s heads. Seriously, do you know how difficult it is to embarrass America, movie fans, and Godzilla on a worldwide scale?!

Please tell me you’ve seen Brelston’s “Blunder Lizard” series on Godzilla’s Hanna-Barbera cartoon? After all, this ain’t Shakespeare, and not even Toho has never shied away from showing Godzilla’s goofball side. But that’s arguably what’s so painfully wrong about the 1998 version: it so very desperately wants to be cool. Here, have an Honest Trailer:

Or maybe don’t watch the above vidjo… because the line “Watch as Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich transform the most iconic movie monster of all-time into a box-headed, chicken-legged, no-atomic-breath-having, Jay Leno-chinned, stupid-faced, flat-nosed piece of shit” sums up our entire +2 hour commentary pretty succinctly. But it’s a different line from the Honest Trailer that gets me all prickly, which I’ll paraphrase as “the military destroys more than Godzilla does.” Yep, that’s kind the epicenter of my many, many, MANY issues with the ’98 movie.

When it came time for an American remake, Tristar went and got the dude whose most notable accomplishment was directing an exploding White House and an exploding Mac-compatible alien spacecraft (ID4, if ya ain’t feelin’ me.) But you can’t blow up the films central figure, can you? Which means Godzilla is almost never on screen, leaving much more time for horseshit military squabble to fumbling attempts at the broadest of mainstream comedy. Yuk…

I haven’t seen the 2014 Godzilla movie yet, but I have seen the directors previous film, a beautiful little indie called Monsters (buy it on Amazon or watch it on Netflix streaming.) In this 2010 movie, his giant mutant hellbeasts don’t get a lot of screen time either. Sure, that could’ve been due to financial constraints (budgeted at roughly 1/320th of the new Godzilla’s cost) but either way, the result is one of the most thoughtful depictions of Life in the Time of Enormous Creatures you’re likely to ever see.

The human, emotional cost of the most awesome of natural disasters takes center stage. It’s less about acts of destruction but the fallout that results from it, and I was immediately instilled with the utmost faith in Legendary Pictures’ choice of Edwards as the director. Whatever the reason, the guy’s clearly put more thought into a potential Godzilla scenario than almost any person on the planet, and that makes him infinitely more worthy of rebooting Godzilla than a director who’d probably rather sit in a CG sandbox and bang battleships together. In summation: Fuck the 1998 Godzilla, go get Laser Time’s HATE Pack Movie commentaries, go see the new Godzilla, and let us know what you thought.

GODZILLA GREATNESS ON AMAZON!! 

23 thoughts on “Let’s Go See GODZILLA!

  1. I enjoyed it, Human characters aside from Cranston are boring and there’s not quite enough godzilla

  2. I actually got to see it at a free screening on Wednesday, and despite the focus pinned more on the people rather than the monsters, it was still one of the better (if not, one of the best) Godzilla movies made. There’s even a shot of the fight that I want as a statue on my wall if someone was kind enough to make one (you’ll know what it is when you see it)

  3. I was going to see it today, but the cold & rain, plus the laziness, stopped all that. I may head out tomorrow to check it out.

  4. Saw it yesterday, and was very pleased with it! Again, not a Godzilla expert by any means, but I think this one has turned me into a fan. Yes, the build up towards the payoff is long, but I feel it justified since this isn’t like Pacific Rim or other blockbuster movies in which the spectacle and action is the main dish, while the story is just the pretext that links the set-pieces.

    Instead, this movie goes for a different angle, tension and story definitely the main focus, and I think it definitely delivers. The human characters certainly aren’t memorable, but i like that they aren’t stupid or a distraction, and mainly serve as the eyes trough which the viewer witness events that are well beyond their control.

    I think that’s what I liked the most about the movie, at the end of the day, humans here are little more than spectators,they are not the ones that save the day or do everything, simply because we can’t. I’ve heard that the first Godzilla movie was so powerful because Godzilla was treated as a force of Nature, and this most certainly rings true here, although in a way I didn’t expect.

    So yeah, I liked it a lot, specially because I think it did enough to differentiate itself vastly from most other monster movies I’ve seen, and arguably from other blockbusters in general. I wanna think Brett and crew won’t be disappointed!

    1. Also, anyone else thought it an amusing coincidence that future Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are a couple in this movie? XD

      1. I thought they had some good chemistry! Well, as far as that goes in a monster/disaster movie. Makes that wait for Age of Ultron that much harder!

  5. Human story was good, but not great. But it was necessary for a movie that all can enjoy while still being an excellent take at Godzilla.

    I enjoyed it. I felt like there was a lot of love put into by people who actually cared about making a good Godzilla movie!

  6. I went in with some low expectations and I was blown away! It does take about 20-30 minutes for it to really get going but after that, it was an enjoyable thrill ride. Seriously I don’t think i’ve heard that many people say “Holy Shit” in a movie before.

  7. I’m definitely going to be in the majority here, but I was kinda disappointed in the movie overall, even though it had a few incredible scenes.
    I don’t want to get into too much detail because of spoilers, but I definitely think it could’ve been better, mainly if there had been more plot focus on Godzilla rather than the two Cloverfield monsters, and crucially, if the human drama had been interesting rather than endless scenes of military/scientific personnel talking about… stuff. Aaron Taylor Johnson came off as being really stiff and uninteresting as character. Not enough Bryan Cranston, dammit!

  8. I really enjoyed it. I loved the diversionary marketing campaign for this film made my enjoyment that much more. The human stuff was mostly bland but that was just so that they could spend more time doing stuff. The plot just kept moving forward which I think was a good decision. The director had an obsession with doing the same little child story throughout the film which was a little weird.

  9. As a self-proclaimed Godzilla expert, saw the new movie as soon as possible and LOVED IT. Although (similar to my reaction to Pacific Rim) walking out of the theater I was aware that the movie did have flaws, but managed to get FAR more right than wrong, enough to grant me time to not think about said flaws in favor of just soaking up the awesomeness for a while.

    One could easily poke holes in it, especially when compared to movies in general, but when levied against Godzilla movies, this one stands extremely tall and proud. At the very least, it’s a long-overdue apology for America’s mishandling of the license back in 1998. I can’t imagine anyone – or at least anyone who has a deep appreciation for all things Godzilla – thinking 1998’s has ANYTHING over 2014’s. I keep asking myself, “was that the best Godzilla movie ever?”. Arguably, which in itself says a lot, especially for a big G-fan like myself.

    I’ll probably weigh in further once the “honeymoon phase”/debris has settled, but for now I’ll simply leave it at “thumbs up”.

    Although I should also add that, to Chris’ point, Gareth Edwards’ Monsters does serve as an excellent primer to the new Godzilla. I really liked Monsters (especially considering it’s micro budget), but it too is a movie that sort of requires you to look past it’s flaws – and rather embrace it’s “heart” – to really appreciate what it’s going for, which I feel applies to the new Godzilla as well. But can’t the same be said of ALL Godzilla movies?

    That said, I can see those that didn’t like Monsters not warming up as much to the new Godzilla (coughMovieBobcough). But if you saw/liked Monsters you’ll have a good idea of what to expect of the new Godzilla (tone-wise, at least).

    Last but not least I’ve seen a lot of criticism hurled against the human characters in the new Godzilla. Personally I wouldn’t say any of the performances were Oscar-worthy but at the same time I never felt they hindered the movie in any way. Although I did wonder if their arguably “boring” portrayal was a result of Gareth possibly overcompensating for Monster’s somewhat unlikable character(s), which I felt actually strengthened Monsters’ story (in that said characters felt a lot more realistic than script/performance-driven). Maybe Gareth was keenly aware of the high stakes with the new Godzilla movie and toned down the human character realism as a result? Whatever the case, didn’t bother me none.

  10. I did enjoy the movie, which for Godzilla is already a win, but I agree with everybody’s complaints.

    I thought Godzilla should have been more of a threat to humanity. He’s getting military escorts and trying his hardest not to kill anybody. After the massive tidal wave he caused I thought Godzilla would be the lesser of two evils where’re basically forced to root for. Instead he was treated as the savior of humanity…

    Also the ending really needed some pacific rim style battling.

  11. I saw it last night, and really *really* liked the movie. It was honestly one of the most engaging and fun experiences I’ve had in a theatre in the last year, and I see a lot of movies. I have some minor issues with the film, but I almost couldn’t be more pleased with the film.

  12. I had to work for the last two nights, and finally tried to see it tonight. I ended up walking out and getting a refund because some dipshits decided to bring their pack of young kids in there, who wouldn’t shut up. By the time the MUTO showed up, I realized that I had no idea what was going on after constant distraction. Oh well, guess I’ll try again tomorrow.

  13. This was my second Godzilla movie (the first was the Laser Time Hate Pack-accompanied Zilla ’98), and I absolutely loved it. Yes, the human characters are a bit thin, but they absolutely don’t get in the way of the tension or pacing of the film, and they serve as an excellent ground-level viewpoint for the audience to see the kaiju as the characters do- as immense beings of great and terrible power that dwarf humanity in every respect.

    The slow burn buildup worked really, really well for me. The film is incredibly tense and engaging even when Godzilla is not on screen (I was absolutely holding my breath throughout the train attack), and when the film finally lets loose, it is absolutely incredible. When the culmination of the final battle came (you all know what I’m talking about), I couldn’t contain myself and cheered out loud. That image has lodged itself in my brain and will not come out.

    This film really helped bring the wonder and awe of these creatures back to cinema in a big way. It actually took the right things from Jurassic Park instead of just copying scenes wholesale, like ’98. I do have issues (Elizabeth Olsen’s character was utterly wasted, despite a pretty good performance from her), but I loved it nonetheless.

  14. I liked the movie, not amazing but a solid 8/10 you couldn’t really ask more from. I bet everyone thinks the same but great monster stuff & Bryan Cranston and weak other human story. Not enough Dr Tim Whatley for my liking.

  15. I someone who’s never seen any Godzilla stuff, I loved the shots of Godzilla and the way he was shown to be basically a Weapon from Final Fantasy. Was kinda bored with everything else. :/

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