Posted by: ckckred | July 15, 2012

Godzilla to hit the screens again

A sketch of what Godzilla would look like

Godzilla’s hitting the big screens again as Gareth Edwards, who directed the British indie Monsters, announced that he’s working on a reboot of the monster movie.

“We’re going to take it seriously,” Edwards said. “If this really happened, what would it be like? It’s very grounded (and) realistic.”  This is obviously a swipe on Roland Emmerich’s critically maligned version which debuted out 1998.

Listen, I’ll be honest here.  I like the Godzilla films.  I spent my childhood watching a lot of Godzilla movies and watched Godzilla take on monsters like King Ghidorah and Rodan (yes, I know the names).  The original, Godzilla, is actually a very good movie that has themes reflecting off of nuclear weapons and the Cold War.  The altered version, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, however, is dreadful and takes out all of these messages.  The other Japanese films are bad, but enjoyably bad.  I mean, who doesn’t want to see a few guys in rubber suits clobbering each other?

The Emmerich version, however, is dreadful and horrible to watch.  The real problem is that Emmerich’s Godzilla isn’t the same as the Japanese.  He doesn’t shoot atomic beams, he doesn’t have the same roar, and he doesn’t even have the same appearance.  And there are countless errors in the film, like how he changes size (he can fit through a subway but not the Brooklyn Bridge) and the characters are all so horribly two dimensional.  In the Japanese film Godzilla: Final Wars, there’s a clip where the Japanese Godzilla easily beats the American Godzilla (see below).

I doubt that any Godzilla movie today could be made as a serious version.  But I’m eager to see Edward’s version. The picture above looks cool.  So I think I’ll see it.

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Responses

  1. I don’t care how bad this sounds because I will still likely go see it in theaters.

    • Me too. Even still I watch those old Godzilla films. Though I hated the Emmerich version, I want to see this new one.

  2. I have to confess, I’m a little excited by this news.

    • I also want to see this. I have an obsession with the Godzilla series, even though it’s not very good.

      • The 1954 Godzilla is a classic, then, after that, I guess they’re a bit patchy to say the least! But there’s plenty of potential for a good film to be made

  3. […] a reboot was announced which would be more loyal to the series.  I’m interested in that and am pretty sure it would […]


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