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Re: in retrospect
• Posted by: Jason Poopieface   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, April 5, 2013, at 2:38 p.m.
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btw here's a SEVERELY long review probably one of the worst I've ever written (over at amazon), I must have been quite indeed bored one day writing this, but what the f8ick, it's Godzilla. (review of das movie;;;; btw I think the movie in theaters when it came out in 1997 (opening friday night even), as the CGI/sfx were basically as good as anything that had come out in hollywood up until that point (save for like, starship troopers and armageddon, few others)... seeing it on the big screen made for a certain WOW factor that independence day had, and made up for a lot of the drivel dancing through most the film.

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What a disaster, November 13, 2006 2(out of 5) stars

This review is from: Godzilla (DVD)
And yet, I can't seem to really hate this 'Godzilla'. Hell, if we were to rate the flick based merely on Godzilla's aesthetic, I'd give it at least four stars. Can you tell I've never cared [enough to venture into] the original Godzilla films? I seem to be one of the only ones who genuinely thinks Godzilla's new look and movement is quite awesome; so much of the hate I've read regarding this issue seems to come from an attachment to the original design, laid way in the East many years ago. 'Guess that works in my favor as far as "opening up" to this film........ if that's a good thing.

The first half of the film is watchable, the second half isn't, by and large. As soon as they hit the baby Godzilla's in the stadium, it goes from decent to absolutely horrendous. At that point, it becomes so uncommonly absurd you can't help but wonder how they actually made it through filming the entire set piece without succumbing to their own criticisms. Same goes for most everything that follows.

Personally, though, I found one good reason to watch this version of 'Godzilla' was for a mere demonstration of the visual effects, and how they rank along the timeline with regards to the subject of CGI in cinema. Far as I recall, I remember walking out of the theater when first seeing 'Godzilla' in 1998 and being pretty astonished, thinking that they were near perfect, and topped only by 1997's 'Starship Troopers'. It was actually pretty staggering, then, when Godzilla started to rampage through NYC as I watched this DVD the other day, because in that whole event inparticular, the CGI just doesn't hold up at all. It's interesting to note that, after witnessing this, the film from that point on lets Godzilla out of his cage only at night; it seems that they're able to work much better with the lighting in this respect, and the result is some beautiful, stunning shots courtesy great cinematography and stellar CGI rendering. Still, though, the CGI is strangely inconsistent; some well crafted and inspired (Godzilla averting nuclear submarines; Godzilla getting entangled amongst the Brooklyn Bridge), while some is so bad I couldn't help but focus on it throughout its appearance (virtually all of the baby Godzilla renderings). Frustrating. I will say though that the technical virtue of 'Godzilla', when its in its own little zone, is near unmatched, and Devlin and Emmerich prove -- as they had before with 'Independence Day' and since with 'The Day After Tomorrow' (abominable flick) -- that they can compose some outrageously scoped action with great prowess.

Problem is amongst these visual flairs comes absolutely no substance. There's no story here. The characters are asinine. Literally none of the comedy plays out. There is one scene, actually, which I find absolutely hysterical, involving Jean Reno and his crew, whom are trying to disguise themselves as Americans in Army uniforms. Reno's particular expressions and nuances are just priceless, and there's no real way I could translate that to words. Anyway, that aside, it's just pathetic. I mean, you've got like four brilliant actors from 'The Simpsons' (Hank Azaria the only one getting any real screen time), and you can't produce a laugh? You've got problems.

I really don't mind this film up to its mid-way point. I don't. And yet, it's strange, because I think the reason I do hold 'Godzilla' somewhat closely is the overall detached feel it brings with it, not to mention a pretty confused identity. But it's got that little theme... you know -- Humans create huge monster with their own actions (in this case nuclear workings), then must destroy the monster to ensure their own survival. Sure we've all seen it before, but whatever, it usually affects me a respectable amount, and on my viewing of this 'Godzilla' almost a decade after I first saw it, I still found myself moved when the magnificent creature desperately roars, trapped helpless as our militant jets are swooping down with their loving missiles. It's bizarre, because not only does the film never consciously focus on this fatalistic theme, it acknowledges it with but a line or two from Broderick, telling the Army that Godzilla's just an animal, who's intent is far from destroying Humanity. Yet, because there is absolutely no drive or motivation from any of the characters in the film, and we're mostly just watching Godzilla run away in fear from Human weaponry, I don't know how there's any way else to feel by the end but saddened. It's not art, but it's still a tragedy, if you connect the dots. Well, at least I sympathized.

And yet, the last three minutes of the film, after Godzilla's eyes have gone dim, provide closure to stupid characters courtesy inept resolutions and a heroic fanfare by composer David Arnold (who's score is still phenomenal all around). The mood of this is supposed to be bright, hopeful, optimistic, but I just find it angering. It's this kind of schlock that overrides the potentially dark, dramatic elements of the film buried beneath its surface; the kind of schlock that nightmares are made of -- Maria Pitillo doing a Joan Cusack impersonation."

sorry for the pain induction...... christianO#!%

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         Jason Poopieface - Friday, April 5, 2013, at 2:38 p.m.

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