Saw it last night. I was going in with incredibly low expectations, but I think watching as many other reviews and videos online did help. I’m not one to ever be spoiled by anything, to me, the research helps. But despite the positive reviews, I did not plan on liking this film simply because I am not a fan of the director. I think NGE is completely overrated (though to be fair I think it’s the fandom that makes it so more than the media itself), and I’m not a fan of Attack on Titan.
All that being said…after one viewing, I can say it’s a solid mid-level Godzilla film. It’s hard to say this early on after repeated viewings whether it will rise or fall in my ranking, but I found it instantly more enjoyable than most of the millennium films, as an example. I don’t plan on seeing it in the theater again, but am glad I did. I think this is one that definitely benefits from the BIG SCREEN format (along with the original, 1985, and the two from Hollywood) If I were to watch this fist at home on BRD, I probably would have fallen asleep due to its dialogue heavy nature. BTW…I wonder if someone will ever tally a word count. For a two-hour film, I bet this one either sets, or has to come close to the record for most words spoken. Godzilla itself was ok, in all its forms. Though I found reports from many viewers to either be somewhat erroneous, or I am wondering if the version we are getting is *edited*? I only saw “Kaiju A” spill blood from his gills on one occasion (as opposed to the *many/often* times reported by others). The Military did not actually attack Godzilla until its final form (reports I read and videos I saw said that the military took action on Godzilla in all its forms??) Also the final freezing of Godzilla I was made to understand took place in the ocean? ; Which was not the case. If it had been, there would be much less desire for a sequel.
Speaking of which…I am torn. I really don’t want to see a sequel/series based on this Godzilla. I think it was fine for a “one-off” (Like GMK) but I think a whole series based on this rendition would get depressing really quick. Still however it is left very opened ended, almost demanding a sequel. My friend I saw it with theorized *if* another film came about, Godzilla could further mutate to make itself more mobile, which I agree with. However…given its apparent “immortality” how do you even design another kaiju to fight it? (Other than a Mechagodzilla…which we don’t need again for a very long time)Even though Godzilla isn’t always the protagonist in his films, I can’t see another monster in this universe filling that role. The last film I saw where two monsters fought, and neither was a clear protagonist was Yonggary (1999) aka “Reptilian”, make of that what you will.
So overall, yes I enjoyed it. Time will only tell however where it falls with the other 30 films. I’m curious to see this weekend if it even shows up as a blip on Boxoffice Mojo. Still as I was sitting in the theater last night before the film started I was thinking…how cool is this? The film was just released 10 weeks ago in Japan, and now I can sit in a theater less than 10 miles from my home and watch it. Both 1985 and 2000 took about 8 months to reach US theaters, obviously because of dubbing (new footage in the case of 1985, and heavy re-editing of both) , but 10 weeks, that has to be a record for Godzilla. If more films are to be made, I hope it’s a trend that continues.
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