Jeremy Mauney comments

Posted in: Are you planning to see the new "Godzilla" movie that opened in Japan Friday? Or if you have already seen it, what did you think of it? See in context

My bad FizzBit, I didn't really give anything away... surely it's not enough info to warrant a spoiler alert. I only mentioned a basic plot element with no conclusion, nor did I give any details away.... other than Godzilla not making a full appearance till later on (as usual) - and the fact that Bryan Cranston isn't the focus of the film...

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Posted in: Are you planning to see the new "Godzilla" movie that opened in Japan Friday? Or if you have already seen it, what did you think of it? See in context

Just got home from the theater with my wife. The sour apples is previous posts won't even give it a chance, which is sad - and if you won't "willingly watch a movie like this", then why the hell are you commenting on this post?!!? Seeing a Godzilla movie on the big screen in Japan is one of my child-hood dreams. The only REAL Godzilla movie I've ever seen in theaters was the 1999 film, Godzilla 2000, during my high school years in Kentucky.

Very rarely does a Godzilla film warrant praise of any sort (outside of the original 1954 film and a handful of others, out of nearly 30 TOHO productions)... but this new Hollywood reboot executes every element with near perfection. The biggest complaint I've heard from my friends back in the USA who viewed the film over a month ago was that Godzilla wasn't in the film enough. Well, have you ever watched a Godzilla film? He rarely get's more than 20 minutes on screen, if that much. The slow build was reminiscent of films like Alien and Jaws - less is more. However, I would have preferred to have watched Bryan Cranston bravely attempt save his daughter-in-law and grandchild from the chaos, rather than sit through his son's mostly emotionless missions and journey home.

Overall, the mood and atmosphere was great, the cinematography was beautiful and terrifying, most of the actors did a great job, and most importantly, Godzilla kicked asssss.

A sequel has already been given the green-light, so we can all expect to see more Big G in the near future. (and a Gamera series reboot!)

This was truly a film to experience in the theater. Gloriously gigantic and loud as hell.

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Posted in: Tokyo rolls out red carpet for 'Godzilla' See in context

I was really hoping that Guillermo del Toro instead directed this. He grew up with and is a real fan of Godzilla and classic Japanese monster movies, and you could see it in his Pacific Rim movie. He would have been more faithful and respectful to the source material.

Genjuro, as much as I love del Toro - Pacific Rim was a big let down for me, especially being a Kaiju fan. It wasn't a terrible film - just a bit silly and shallow (and I tend to gravitate toward the more serious, dark giant monster films).

You seem to be insinuating that Edwards, the director of the new Godzilla film, is not a real fan of Godzilla or giant monster films...

Are aware that Edwards has proclaimed the original 1954 Godzilla to be one of his favorite films of all time? Or that his debut film was a movie called 'Monsters' that was about giant monsters? Also, he's only 10 years younger than del Toro... not really going to effect much since neither of them were alive to see the original in theatres (most people outside of Japan never saw the original cut of the film until 2004 anyway).

Still, I would love to see del Toro's take... but I trust Edward's taste just as much.

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