4 Big Godzilla Problems We Need To Address
This past weekend, Gareth Edwardsí Godzilla turned out to be a massive success. After earning a healthy majority of positive buzz from critics, the movie scored big at the box office both domestically ($93 million Ė the second biggest of the year) and overseas ($103 million), getting a solid B+ CinemaScore in the process. Exciting all of that positivity is, however, itís important also to recognize that the film has some very noteworthy problems.
As much as I personally enjoyed Godzilla - and I really did quite a bit Ė ever since I walked out of my screening I have been nagged by thoughts of some critical issues that donít quite ruin the film, but certainly do their part to take it down a few pegs. What exactly are these faults? Read on to find out!
SPOILER WARNING! In case it wasnít already obvious, this article is packed to the brim with big, important details from Godzilla. If you havenít seen the film yet, continue at your own risk!
The Film Completely Ignores Its Female Human CharactersLetís be fair: Godzilla is far from the only modern blockbuster to be completely lacking in interesting female characters. Sexism has been a significant and bad thing in Hollywood for decades, and the sad truth is that a great number of big budget studio movies donít really bother developing their female characters. But just because Godzilla is a single part of a larger trend doesnít mean this important fault should be ignored.
There are three immensely talented actresses in the new monster movie, with Juliette Binoche, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sally Hawkins all playing supporting roles, and not a single one of them really gets to do anything for the entire film. Binocheís character is killed off within 10 minutes of meeting her; Olsen doesnít really do much more than worry about her husband and panic during the destruction of San Francisco; and Hawkins simply follows Ken Watanabe around and is occasionally tossed a line of dialogue. The reality is that any of the male characters in the film Ė from David Strathairnís Admiral William Stenz to Aaron Taylor-Johnsonís Ford Brody - could have easily been altered and played by a woman, but instead Godzilla gives all of its meaty parts to the men. It may all be part of a bigger problem, but itís most definitely a singular problem as well.
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