At long last, the king has returned! Months of anticipation are finally over, he’s here! No not Elvis. Not Jesus. Not even talking about Burger King. I’m talking about the greatest monster that has ever graced the movie screen. For some, this Japanese icon was downright scary and terrorizing. Others know him as just this giant lizard with colossal strength and sheer size that makes you tremble. To me, this perfect combination of controlled rage and radiant (very punny) charisma made for a childhood hero I could always look up to. Look up to Godzilla? Sure!
My childhood was founded on WWE wrestling, candy, football games galore, & any and all food I could get my hands on. To say I used to look like baby Godzilla wouldn’t be very far from the truth! Godzilla was always a constant for my brother and I, it bonded us. Whether it was in English, Japanese with English subtitles, or Japanese and zero subtitles. Godzilla spoke one language we both understood: mayhem!
We would watch for hours upon hours of these gripping films. My brother and I watched every title at least twice. We had the toys, posters, t-shirts, and even had some lines memorized! To say we are passionate about these movies would be a drastic understatement. I mean I have this tattoo to represent all of this! I can explain the rest for another day.
All month long all I could think about was this movie. It only adds to the excitement or fuel to the fire, when across the street from where I work is a giant Godzilla banner on the side of a building. A Godzilla poster on a phone booth by that building. A banner one the side of another building nearby, and a massive display in Times Square. I mean if this wasn’t the ultimate tease, I don’t know what is! New York somehow found out I was a big fan and pin pointed my location. Genius!
I was ready and had the right mindset but so many questions I couldn’t shake. Was it going to be good? What does Godzilla look like? What if it didn’t meet expectations? Do I have enough popcorn for this?!
I did attend the movie premiere and here are some thoughts I had about it:
Things I liked
- The film speaks very clearly to the destruction that mankind wills itself upon nature, exactly like the first Godzilla film.
- His atomic fire was incredible. I had goosebumps the size of Mount Everest when his spines lit up. Not to mention it was the perfect shade of blue
- It paid a homage to the past great Godzilla films with the structure and flow. It was exciting to see that preserved.
- Godzilla looked great in his debut back to the big screen
Things I would Change
- Develop the main characters more. The protagonist left me with no impression, compassion, and virtually no remembrance. Not a memorable/gripping character.
- Just an eensy weensy little more ‘Zilla please! Also dive more into his background.
- Get the big man a personal trainer. He looked bulky which is fine, but maybe a low carb diet before filming wouldn’t hurt.
Overall this was a killer production and was well done to restore credibility and respectability. Specifically speaking to the American involvement in the Godzilla franchise. This was an exciting film for me personally and one I will see again shortly. I would like to see the main characters developed more and less pan from monster battles to military on the ground action. Also, lets be honest, he could shed a few pounds. I read this was a complaint from the Japanese audience but only noticed it when he swam back into the Pacific Ocean near the end of the film.
With all that said, this Godzilla design was phenomenal, from teeth down to the tail. The detail was exceptional! Expect excitement to build from his rise from destruction, which only leaves the window open to you guessed it, a sequel! With injecting new enemies like MUTO into this movie will this leave the opportunity for a foe from the past to reemerge?
This monster never ceases to amaze me. From a child to a grown man, my passion for this 55,000 ton beast will never subside. Forever, he will be the king of the monsters.