Facebook is full of opinions, but it's been real rough reading some of the hateful comments people have been throwing out there not only about this movie, but also showing a complete misunderstanding of the [Godzilla](movie:45291) films as a whole. Although a proper review is soon to come, here are some rebuttals I have presented in the face of Facebook bashing of a beloved series.
Here's an example of some of the commentary I've been reading:
"It's supposed to be dumb fun entertainment."
"it has a huge budget and the usual "remake filled 3D effects" without proper story or character in it... despite the fact that it actually had a good indie director, but guess the film studio didn't give hime much creative control"
"If you were a kid under like 12 years old I could see being young and dumb enough to get hooked by a saturation ad campaign. "woohoo a giant lizard remake in 3-D!"Us grown-assed men need something a bit more than that though."
"How much do you honestly expect from a movie about a giant lizard?"
"Godzilla only in in 10 minutes equals not good!"
"just amazes me that ANYONE would have expectations of this being legitimately good, in the first place."
"Its a Godzilla movie... Soooo it was good for a Godzilla movie. But obviously not a "good" movie as no traditional Godzilla flick is classically "good""
"yeah, again, anyone walking into something like that with expectations of it being high cinema is kind of a moron. it's Godzilla, for fuck's sake."
"For those who did see it... can you confirm something I heard that absolutely disgusted me. I hear they do some repellent history revisionism, explaining that all of America's detonated atomic weapons since WWII (including Hiroshima and Nagasaki?) were part of a secret campaign to suppress Godzilla. If they really said that in the movie, then FUCK Godzilla (2014)."
"19 bucks for a blurry shit fest of nothing"
For a true Godzilla fan, these comments can get the blood boiling. After taking a few deep breaths, I formed a response:
As an extreme lover of the Godzilla films, this film was utterly fantastic and holds true to the visions of Toho. The monsters were equally well characterized as the human characters (a very important element in the series), the story was true to classic form, and the visuals were awe-inspiring. After seeing Edwards first film, Monsters, I had no doubt he would do Godzilla justice and I am finally pleased to say the US has made a Godzilla film I can now be proud of. Saw it twice already in theaters and was in awe both times. There will always be naysayers, but for me, this nailed everything that Godzilla is about.
It's a real shame to see some of the posts in this thread so I'm gonna make this last comment and leave it be because everyone has their own taste and opinions--- but to be so short sighted as to label the Godzilla series as merely "dumb fun entertainment about a giant lizard" is heart-breaking to someone who is a true fan of the Toho produced films. Godzilla, as well as many of the other monsters in the series, has always represented important and meaningful social commentary on humanity, the essence of animals and natural order, and both the beneficiary and destructive sides of science, media and exploration.
To clear a few things up: WB was EXTREMELY sensitive to the material and the utmost respect was given when making this film, which is not a remake by the way... it's a reboot. Edwards was given much control and Legendary Pictures received not only Toho's blessing when they read over the script and they have been not only supportive of the project ever since, but they HEAD of Toho was extremely pleased when he saw the film. The 3-D in this film was worth it to me. I only spend the extra money on films that truly benefit from the 3D, and this one doesn't disappoint. I've seen the film in both IMAX/3D and regular screen/2D and although it was great in 2D as well, I actually thought the night scenes seemed a bit darker and slightly less clear in 2D, when usually it's the other way around. I don't see how anyone can claim the CGI and special effects in this film are anything less than amazing. I'm always for the use of live action and set as opposed to non-physical CGI, but there are films that simply require this and when used well, it can be truly transporting. PS- The monsters are done via capture motion, not simply CGI. Andy Serkis played Godzilla and trained the actors who played Muto. For those bitching about Godzilla not being in the film long enough, although sure it's understandable to a degree why people are going in thinking the whole movie is going to be about monsters attacking each other continually, the film is better for it otherwise. In the original film, GOJIRA, the monster is only on screen for about 14 minutes. Anthony Hopkins won an academy award for his role as Hannibal Lector in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and he had roughly the same screen time. Not everything is about instant gratification, and horror usually benefits from suspense and a build up to a reveal-- remember JAWS and ALIEN? The mere existence of Godzilla is what is frightening, and this film goes with that approach. PS-- as far as I could tell, in this film they are saying that the nuclear testing done in the US was to try to get rid of Godzilla- this is not referencing the American atomic attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In fact, there is a later part in the film where Dr. Serizawa makes mention of the 1945 bombings and it is used in a way that yields respect to his hesitance in using atomic weapons in present day to destroy the monsters. So there's no need to get offended because of that.
Godzilla represents many things and is a strong symbol of not only Japan's suffage of atomic disaster, but has been played as both a hero who unites and protects, a destroyer of the mankind who created it with our need for nuclear development and use, as well as a creature simply trying to exist in a time and place in which is cannot exist. There is great depth to be had in these beautiful and often tragic and inspiring stories, well developed characters and amazing score, special effects and designs that have inspired cinema since the first 1954 film, and these films should be cherished and respected. The original Godzilla lost BEST PICTURE in the Japanese Academy Awards that year to SEVEN SAMURAI. That should give you an idea of how artful and revered it is. Of course they vary in tone and seriousness, there are flaws in each and some are definitely weaker than others (sorry Final Wars), but the series is no joke, and if you think so, the joke's really on you.
As I said, a real review will come, but for now, I had to put these fools to rest.
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