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Posted 10/17/16

flaferalcat wrote:

ROFL! NO, but I wish it were! :D
Our theater, (Regal 14 in Gainesville Florida), was really sedate. I think Val, my date, and I were the loudest in there though. I haven't seen the last movie, with Bryan Cranston yet. the last American version I saw was the Godzilla With Mathew Broderick.


Well shit, you gotta change that. I mean, it's not every day (or year, or decade, or century) that the west makes a good movie based on a beloved japanese property, so it's definitely a cause for celebration.
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Well.... What I think is that it had less to do with Godzilla, and more to do with human Bureaucratic institutions and their idiosyncrasies. I thought that in this version, Godzilla the monster, was not the antagonist but a Catalyst for changing the way people in the govt thought and acted. The real antagonists in this movie seemed to be government bureaucracy itself, and the indecisiveness and apathy of the leaders. The protagonist heroes were the intellectual rebels and original thinkers, and one bureaucrat who refused to be beat down by and become a cog in the system.
I wondered if the movie was a protest with Godzilla being a stand in for real world events like Fukishima,
and maybe in the U.S. Hurricane Katina, The Indonesia Tsunami, all the and other global catastrophes, where human suffering was added to by gov'ts who didn't respond appropriately,.
BUT... other wise.. That was an U-G-L-Y Godzilla!


So, I wasn't the only one who thought that way about the movie. However, you verbalized it better than I did. However, I have to note, that the way the government thought, and acted, did not change until the original government were wiped. The members of government who rose up, because of the order of succession, where the ones calling the shots that made the difference. Perhaps that, is an indication of what they think of their current government's handling of Fukushima?

Yeah. It took some getting used to, for me, too! LOL I just kept reminding myself, "He's evolving. He's evolving." That final scene, though, when the camera panned up his tail, with the baby-zillas on it..... Made me think, "Sequel? When?"
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Well, I really want to see it.

I wonder why.
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I thought it was fucking good.
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Saw it last Wednesday with a friend. Despite not liking the 2014 version, and presumably having never seen a Japanese movie in his life, he seemed to enjoy it. As did I. My only real complaints are too many characters to keep track of and the effects take a noticeable dip in quality around the last third. Other than that, I enjoyed it immensely, likely because I went in anxious instead of hyped, as in "please don't let this suck" was repeating in my head.

Off topic, I thought the actress who played Ogashira (perpetually frowning laptop woman... that's what I know her as) was really cute. I have no idea why.
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I thought it was pretty damn good. There was a whole lot of bureaucracy, which wasn't a bad thing at all. It goes through the whole process of each and every command going through the chain of power, always leading to the Prime Ministers final word. You would think all of this would detract from the movie, but it honestly only builds up each and every attack they try on Godzilla.

Godzilla looked awesome by the way. The very first form of Godzilla looked pretty derpy, and in fact people just laughed in the audience. I was confused as heck, thinking,"Is this really Godzilla? No, it must be another monster right? this a kaiju vs kaiju movie?" But eventually, he transforms into his second phase, where although he very obviously doesn't look fully formed, you can see it is in fact godzilla, only half grown. Now onto full godzilla, damn now he looks badass. He is as big as he should be, scary as hell, and just walking forward, with seemingly no end. He glows with a red tinge under his armored scales, and his face looks really amazing.

The Japanese government are ready this time though, slowly firing heavier and heavier bullets and bombs at the beast. They start off with some dinky machine guns, to some big launchers, to tanks, to artillery, (which are all doing absolutely nothing) until finally they drop big enough bombs to make the mighty Godzilla roar in rage. (which is also cool, because they use the original sound effects)

And then, the moment we were all waiting for, the bloody and hurt Godzilla lets out the fucking ATOMIC BEAM. Damn that looked awesome. The whole build up of smoke and fire from his mouth, all the way until it concentrates into a single purple beam, and it just slices through a fucking plane in the air and even kills the Prime Minister and most of his cabinet. That shit was amazing! And even after that, when you think he couldn't do much more, BAM 10 more beams out of his back, shooting down even more planes and shit. And once its all over, it leaves you with the silent sound of fire, and all of Tokyo burning in the background as Godzilla stops and stares towards the camera, glowing with radiation inside him. That, my friends, was a cinematic shot.

The ending was satisfying enough, and they even show that tail at the very end for if they want to make a sequel. ( Ya'll know what I am talking about if you saw it ) Overall, a satisfying Godzilla movie. 8/10
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I'm sure Fukushima might have been on the minds of the director(s) writer (s). I also have to wonder though; what about North Korea? They've been threatening Japan enough, that Japan decided it was now legitimate to send fighting forces to other areas!
What I thought made this movie special, and indeed relevant, is that Godzilla could have been more easily dealt with early on. While Godzlillas' form has changed somewhat through the generations; it's always about the unintended circumstances based on rash, not well thought out decisions.
The overwhelming theme of the movie seemed to be about what could possibly happen when authority vacillates on taking action, and then it becomes too late, and we have to live with the consequences. At what point is fixing the problem equal too or greater than the problem itself? Or, as mentioned in the movie, does the monster seem to be trying to become immortal?
Hmmm...
On a closer to home level, I wonder if I may have created a few Godzillas needing to be dealt with before they become so huge that dealing with them may be tougher than living with the consequences?
Scary contemplation and thoughts!! lol
Happy Halloween!!!!
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Sorry---having issues with posting. GRRRrr...
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