Godzilla probably won’t go down as the highest grossing movie of 2014, but as of now, it boasts the single highest grossing day of the year in the United States. As of this evening, it can now say the same thing about China too.
How many times have we seen this? How many building can we watch completely collapse and fall to the ground, killing faceless thousands? We're beyond the hand-wringing over whether this level of violence is appropriate or not.
Looking to Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Blended for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of monster movies, time-travel tales and romantic comedies.
Gareth Edwards went from directing a small indie film to rebooting a gigantic franchise in the space of a couple short years. Now the rising filmmaker is about to become a part of a galaxy far, far away from what he's used to, thanks to his new gig on the first Star Wars standalone film. So how does this effect his duties on the newly minted Legendary Pictures franchise?
Many TV watchers claimed the last decade plus of television was a golden age of programming, but it may have been a golden age of characters and their must-watch transformative arcs. Actors like Cranston, or the late James Gandolfini, never became transcendent out of their signature roles.
Gareth Edwards’ rebirth of Godzilla didn’t hammer fans over the heads with obvious foreshadowing. Instead, he laid clever, small Easter Eggs all over his Godzilla feature film… even though most of them were “blink-and-you-missed-them” quick.
There are times when a review is just too small a stage to get into every detail of what makes a movie great. So today, I want to focus on one scene in particular that really made Godzilla outstanding. And it's not one teased in its trailers.
1998's Godzilla, meanwhile, seems to be made for the public's true understanding of Godzilla. No, not from the movies, but from cheap jokes, commercials, and repeated branding opportunities. Cynical and opportunist, sure, but more honest.
As much as I personally enjoyed Godzilla - and I really did quite a bit – ever since I walked out of my screening I have been nagged by thoughts of some critical issues that don’t quite ruin the film, but certainly do their part to take it down a few pegs.
A couple of weeks ago, before critics were allowed to gush or audiences had gotten more than mere glimpses of this rebooted beast, I had a chance to sit down with Godzilla star Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Amid talk of the production and its allusions to Jaws, I asked him what he'd like to see if Godzilla 2 got greenlit.
The dust hadn't even settled on the weekend, and a sequel to Gareth Edwards' hit film Godzilla already had been announced. I try to tell you in the Memo above why that's a bad idea.
So where does a sequel go? Legendary and the WB sadly do not seem to own the rights to Godzilla's classic enemies, including Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah. So the good news is, more new monsters. The bad news is, was anyone really enamored with the M.U.T.O.'s from the current movie?
Could it be that we’ve forgotten how great disaster movies used to be? Because for a while, they were to Hollywood what superhero movies are at the moment: the red-hot genre that lured the best actors, directors and below-the-line talents in the industry.
There's also the matter of a fanbase with a ceiling. The best possible scenario is that people like the new Godzilla and word spreads, making the film a hit. That word of mouth is going to be the difference between this film making $200 and $250 million domestically.
This is an often bleak, punishing film, but Desplat's not-unwelcome score seems operatic, heroic. It's a little bit idealist for a movie that has a fairly ethereal, pitch-back tone.