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Godzilla's back. Duh.

Just some notes, as spoiler-free as possible for those who haven't had a chance to see it.

For the first time in Toho's history, we have a Godzilla movie that is not connected to the original in any way, story-wise. Several of Ifukube's pieces for it are used at appropriate times, which is a nice touch, but also a bit at odds with the modern musical pieces created for the movie (with the main one being the notable exception). There are also a couple of nods to a few of the older movies throughout.

The movie is primarily about Japanese bureaucracy struggling to deal with the walking disaster that is Godzilla. Some bitter feelings towards America for the atomic bombings and their regular role as Earth's police force are expressed by characters at different points, as well. It is definitely a human-driven story, but I found the characters compelling enough to go along for the ride (a problem I had with the American one from 2014, Bryan Cranston notwithstanding). It does feel like it's dragging at times, as orders are repeated up and down the chain of command, but for the most part I was with it. There are three big Godzilla setpieces, and they're quite reminiscent of the original's: for the first one Godzilla mostly wanders around, then leaves; the second is where the big destruction comes in; and the third is mankind's last hope to destroy the beast. All are well-done. I'm torn on the second or third being my favorite; the second has some amazing moments, but the plan used to attempt to destroy Godzilla is really presented in an exciting fashion.

Godzilla's origin and creation are unlike any previously given (its creation was a bit too close to that of the monsters in The Horror of Party Beach for my comfort). There are some surprises in store with its appearance and powers, which were not revealed in the trailers, and for which I'm thankful because they're definitely something to see cold. The damage it wreaks on Tokyo is massive; I don't think Godzilla's been this destructive since the original. We also have another first, in that his oral ray is purple, rather than the original whitish mist, the well-known blue, or the more modern red. While the entirely CGI Godzilla is as obvious as CGI usually is, it's still nicely done. The mixing of CGI and suit, however, is quite good, and is a trend I'd like to see continued for future Godzilla movies. A surprising amount of the destruction was done with practical effects, always a plus for me.

Overall, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'd say it's the best one since the '90s, with the exception of GMK, and I preferred it to the American one as well, although I did like that one fine. If you see it, you'll need to be quick with the reading, because the subtitles can come fairly quickly, especially when there are two sets, top and bottom. The top gives names and positions of characters, as well as locations, and can generally be ignored in favor of the dialogue at the bottom, which may help.



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The Rev. D.D. wrote:
Godzilla's back. Duh.

Just some notes, as spoiler-free as possible for those who haven't had a chance to see it.

For the first time in Toho's history, we have a Godzilla movie that is not connected to the original in any way, story-wise.

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I don't recall Godzilla 2000 directly referencing the 1954 original, although it's probably taken for granted that said film had occurred.

The movie hasn't come to Brazil yet, nor has there been any announcement as to when that will occur. I was hoping for a debut at the São Paulo International Film Festival this month, but alas, that was not to be. Darn it all!

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Question to anyone/everyone who has seen the movie: How was the turnout? Was the theater packed?

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Ifukube's theme gets the full symphony-hall treatment

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Hman wrote:
I don't recall Godzilla 2000 directly referencing the 1954 original, although it's probably taken for granted that said film had occurred.

The movie hasn't come to Brazil yet, nor has there been any announcement as to when that will occur. I was hoping for a debut at the São Paulo International Film Festival this month, but alas, that was not to be. Darn it all!

I don't know if it's outright stated (been a while since I've re-watched it), but the fact that there's a Godzilla Prediction Network would mean G's been there before; and since the other Millennium films basically use the original as a jumping-off point, I see no reason that one wouldn't, as well.

As far as the crowd, my theater wasn't even half-full. When I picked up the tickets I asked how many seats were available, since they didn't have choose-your-own seating and I wanted to know if we had time to get dinner and still be able to get good seats upon our return; there were only 90 of the 200 seats sold.



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Hman wrote:
Question to anyone/everyone who has seen the movie: How was the turnout? Was the theater packed?


The theater I saw it in was well packed. Not sold out, but damn near. I think it probably did well in Lexington KY.

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What a weird, dark, haunting movie. Probably one of the darkest kaiju movies I've seen. I thought one instance of Zilla's appearance in the middle was a little too comical (those eyes), and the humans once again, are pretty boring no matter how many titles they add to their names, but thems the breaks.

And that final image! That has to be a straight up Neon Genesis Evangelion reference. Not surprising I guess because of Anno's involvement in this, but it is just surprisingly specific to a certain thing, especially when you consider the possible ramifications behind it.

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Evangelion wrote:
What a weird, dark, haunting movie. Probably one of the darkest kaiju movies I've seen. I thought one instance of Zilla's appearance in the middle was a little too comical (those eyes)....


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I think that may have been intentional - to perhaps illustrate that there was an iteration that was vulnerable to attack, but that the government bureaucracy was too hampered by seniority, bureaucracy, delusions of authority, and persistent denial of scientific evidence prevented anything from getting done when it should have been done. And yet, it's rubberiness kept taking me out of the picture.

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Hman wrote:
Question to anyone/everyone who has seen the movie: How was the turnout? Was the theater packed?

I was expecting Juniper and me to be virtually the only people in the theater, but it turned out they managed to sell maybe 30% of the seats. Mind you, that was on a Tuesday night at the Annapolis Mall, which strikes me as a sub-optimal venue for this sort of film. If it played at the Charles in Baltimore, I imagine it probably did better there.

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The movie has done about 1.8 million dollars on less than 500 screens (stateside), so that's pretty respectable.

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