"Okay, I know this is going to be a highly disputed opinion, but I think this movie is very, very good. Great, I'd even daresay. And I am a Godzilla fan. I love the Big Guy from his early masterworks to his campy mid-period to his new thrilling outings.
Admittedly, this is not the same Godzilla. But Godzilla himself is a product of the 50s fascination with giant monsters, and this movie is really just an homage to all those old, great monster movies. Anyway, I don't see why the universe isn't big enough for two Godzillas.
A lot of fans hated this just for the idea. But Tristar had to make a new version. The old version would've flopped in America. In fact, Godzilla 2000 came out about a year later, and it did terrible. So where were those so-called fans when he really needed them? I submit that there really aren't that many Godzilla fans. There's plenty of people who claim to be, but do they really like him or these types of films? Doesn't seem like it.
Onto the movie. First there's Godzilla. He's a terrific special effect. Some people say he doesn't look real. He looks pretty darn impressive to me. Realism is a rather silly complaint when you're talking about a giant lizard running through New York.
The story is deceptively simple. You could boil it down to Army vs. Monster, but there's a creativity here that gets overlooked. The characters (all of whom are well-developed especially considering none are the real star) are all likable. Their motivations are believable. And their story arcs are solidly connected to the central conflict in a way that doesn't seem forced.
The action sequences are wonderful. I like to think of them as monstrous versions of great kung fu showdowns. Godzilla isn't invulnerable in this film, and so when he fights helicopters, rockets, and submarines, I actually felt suspense, even though I knew he wasn't going down until the end of the movie.
The plot of Godzilla's young gives a nice excuse for some human-scaled action. The pacing is expertly handled. At two hours, there's still a lot crammed in here. The acting is good. Jean Reno's French military agent is beautifully understated. And the final end of Godzilla is both tragic and satisfying.
I don't love the last little bit, but to me it's not so much an advertisement for a sequel as a wink to those "THE END?" titles at the end of those great old movies.
Boy, this is a long review. I guess I'm just trying to make a case for this underrated and much-maligned film. Personally, I think the original Big Guy would love it. Although I'm sure his version would end a little different."
"This is the worst. When I went to see this I was eagerly anticipating what Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich could do with the King of the Monsters, and afterwards I was so dissapointed I was in shock. The plot and acting were so checkered and badly formed that they couldn't come close to standing on their own, so only the lizard creature could hope to save the movie. Unfortunatley this creature is so weak that it can't even save itself from a few fighter jets. As the movie rolled to it's unsatisfying, pointless conclusion with an obvious hint at a sequel, I found myself constanlty checking my watch thinking "when will this movie end?" I just want to put this abomination behind me and wait for Godzilla 2000."
Godzilla is a 500 foot turkey
t0rg0 | 05/13/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The level of dialogue never rises above "It's coming this way!" or "Let's get outta here!". The interaction between the "guy" and the "girl" is too simple and uninteresting. The one conflict between the two arose from an incident that was just begging to be predicted. The whole movie was just one cliche."
RHEADOSAURUS? IS THAT YOU OLD BUDDY?
Mojo Jojo | 06/20/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Godzilla? Well, okay, your the boss! Alright, first I'd just like to say, this movie rocked! But, as I watched it for the first time at a special day-before screening, I thought of a movie I saw in summer of 1996. I didn't remember the (let's face it, complicated) title of the film. I did remember Ray Harryhausen's amazing effects, and the basic plot. Later that summer, I went to Suncoast and picked up a copy of this effects classic. I watched it and liked it. And it warmely reminded me of my favorite movie of that summer. Let's look at some similarities: 1. Both attack New York. 2. Both are very similar in physical apperence, and both are related to true dinosaur species. 3. Both the main characters are nuclear scientists. 4. And finally (only because I'm almost out of room), both main army attacks take place at night. The reason I liked Godzilla so much, was because all the good things about TBF20kF, were recreated with Jurassic Park style visual effects. Unlike TBF20kF, Godzilla's characters were waffer thin, though they were entertaining. All in all I give this film 4 stars. If you like creature features, check out the newer films Mimic, Starship Troopers, and Anaconda (none of which I thought were as good as Godzilla). Or, check out some classics and cult favorites that inspired these modern efforts: The Deadly Mantis, Them!, The Giant Behemoth, Gorgo, 20 Million Miles To Earth, and of corse, the movie Godzilla was SOPPOSED to be inspired by: Godzilla: King Of The Monsters!"
Great looking DVD; lousy movie
Mojo Jojo | 11/08/1998
(2 out of 5 stars)
"You've read the reviews, this movie stinks, but rent the DVD at your local video store. It's chock full of neat features: animated scene selections, a huge lizard foot that stomps down your screen every time you make a menu selection, trailers, documentary film, trailers for the original REAL Godzilla films.As for the movie itself, where the heck was Godzilla? Every time the going got good and Godzilla was getting it on with the New York skyline and swatting down pesky helicopters, boom, the story cuts back to the dull, dull humans and their dull, dull relationships. You watch a Godzilla movie, you want to see Big Green kick some Aishe, you don't want to see some dumb scientist pine over his dipsy-doodle girlfriend.And the end of the movie was a crime, utter and absolute. It didn't make me sad, it made me angry. A great classic movie monster like Godzilla humiliated by the U.S. Army, I mean, come on! It was a crime, an absolute crime. END"