Watched it again because apparently around these parts movie lunch breaks during the work week is the way to go.
…..it was even better the second time around, even without the dolby atmos. i watched at about 500% glee level, i was reverting back to “1995 ash watching the same vhs movies repeatedly mode.” And i think it was because i went in without my dialed-down-expectations on so i had this annoying 8D face the entire time.
. …during the first watch, my eyes were stinging over a sad monster moment but this second time there were tears welling up holy shit. because apparently monster deaths make me cry now?? what the fuck ash i have reverted back to being 10 years old and crying over movies
Im gonna see it again next week too o lord my prediction that this movie would be my 2014 movie-that-i-watch-20-times was completely accurate
Give me the strength not to waste my entire summer vacation explaining to people in the #godzilla tag how wrong they are.
This post I wrote this reply to was deleted before I could hit the reblog button, but whatever, here goes nothing:
My fantasized screaming is mostly along the lines of “if you would get past the presence of the U.S. military focus and the heap of white actors, you might actually realize that this film is plainly anti-nuclear, more so than the overwhelming majority of the Toho films. Of course it doesn’t cover the exact same thematic ground as a movie made sixty years. Why is it so blasphemous for a Godzilla movie made in 2014 to be about the nuclear concerns of 2014?”
Moreover, as I’ve argued elsewhere, the military is hardly depicted as helpful in the first place. Not only are they inept, as in most Godzilla films, but they are actively making situations worse and endangering civilians (firing missiles in a panic onto a bridge where children are still in a school bus, enraging Godzilla to the point that he crashes through the bridge, bringing a nuke into play and, thus, nearly killing everyone in San Francisco, even the MC failing to do his job and disarm the bomb).
Monsters spoiler: And if you have seen Edwards’s film Monsters, you know the conclusion of the film ties together its overall thematic content, as the military needlessly attacks non-aggressive creatures and kills the main characters after abandoning them in the midst of chaos. Western military collateral damage is clearly an issue Edwards engages.
You have to know how to read the visual language of film, as Edwards is an incredibly visual director, but Godzilla has some pretty clever subtext while also being a great action flick on the surface.
Are you there, Godzilla? It’s me, Frog And Toad Are Friends. Please allow the multinational success of Godzilla 2014 and Pacific Rim to herald in a new age of monster movies, where the good ones dominate the box office and the bad ones flood store shelves in droves, visible even to people who don’t stay up all night cackling at SyFy Original Movies. Please allow movies with kaiju and mecha to eclipse superheroes in the pop-culture field of vision forever and ever, amen.
My cousin gave me 24 hours to get to Hawaii to watch Godzilla with her and I am only 25% sure this is a bad idea
I am going to just assume that everyone is trying wayyyyyyy too hard to dislike the new Godzilla movie because that movie was fun as heck and I fuckin loved it.
Bryan Cranston aside (he rocked), the family was pretty boring and unlovable but that shouldnt come as a shock to anyone who has ever watched any or every other Godzilla movie in the franchise. That’s basically a given for every Godzilla movie ever as it is, and really, that’s alright because how interesting can a single person or family be in comparison to giant monsters fighting? They’re only there to keep the story moving along and balance the storytelling so that you don’t get entertainment fatigue and lose interest in giant monsters fighting for 2 hours…
I liked all the fun Godzilla tropes/cliches they threw in there in traditional Godzilla movie fashion; it made the movie a lot more “Godzilla” than the old GINO (godzilla-in-name-only) movie. From Ken Watanabe’s assistant’s melodrama to the token schoolchildren in danger, trigger happy army to the cheesy silent protector moment, etc etc… All of those were enough to keep me from getting too “original” snob haha.
Ken Watanabe did seem more Godzilla-Fanclub-President than scientist though, but that is 10000% fine in my book, I can’t say that I’d blame him.
I went in with as moderate expectations as I could (I can’t lasso down my expectations for monster movies very well ok) and was very pleased with what I got. Also we saw it at a Dolby Atmos theatre and SFX sound was on point (Godzilla’s roar rocked my socks off) and the monster designs were so freakin fun.