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Flagicon Japan.png GODZILLA ゴジラ (2014)

Directed by Gareth Edwards
Producer(s) Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers
Written by David Callaham, Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Distributor Warner Bros.
TohoJP
Rating PG-13
Budget $160 million[1]
Box office $200,676,069[2]
(U.S.)
$328,400,000[2]
(Foreign)
$529,076,069[2]
(Total)
Running time 123 minutes
(2 hours and 3 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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The world ends, Godzilla begins. (世界が終わる、ゴジラが目覚める。)
„ 

— Japanese tagline[3]

Godzilla (GODZILLA ゴジラ,   Gojira) is a 2014 American giant monster film produced by Legendary Pictures, and the second American-made Godzilla film, as well as the first entry in the MonsterVerse. The film was released to American theaters on May 16, 2014, and to Japanese theaters on July 25, 2014.

The second Hollywood-produced Godzilla film, Godzilla attempts to be a more faithful adaptation of the franchise than TriStar's previous attempt. A mine collapse in the Philippines in 1999 leads to the uncovering of two prehistoric spores within a colossal skeleton, one of which hatches into a MUTO that attacks and feeds on the reactor at the Janjira Nuclear Power Plant. The scientific organization Monarch quarantines the plant and surrounding city, but in 2014 the MUTO emerges from its stasis and destroys the facility surrounding it. Now, Monarch pursues the MUTO with the U.S. military while the MUTO's natural enemy, the giant prehistoric Titan known as Godzilla, emerges to stop it before it can reunite with its female counterpart and reproduce.

Plot

In 1954, the United States military, in cooperation with the organization Monarch, prepares and detonates a hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll, its target a massive creature known as Godzilla.

In 1999, Monarch representative Dr. Ishiro Serizawa is called the site of a mining collapse in the Philippines with his assistant, Dr. Vivienne Graham. With a small team, he finds a colossal fossilized skeleton and two spores in a large underground cave. One of the spores has already hatched, the creature having escaped into the sea; the other is still unhatched and is taken to Yucca Mountain in Nevada, United States, and placed in the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada.

Days later, near Tokyo, Japan, the nuclear power plant at Janjira starts to experience seismic activity. Nuclear physicist and plant supervisor Joseph Brody and his wife, Sandra Brody, make their way to the power plant. Sandra assembles a team to perform a damage check, under Joe's supervision. The power plant is soon breached by an explosion and radiation leak, killing Sandra and her team. Joe and Sandra's son, Ford, watches from his classroom as the cooling towers collapse. The Japanese government evacuates and quarantines Janjira, attributing the disaster to an earthquake.

15 years after the incident, Ford is now an explosive disposal officer for the United States Navy, living in San Francisco, California with his wife Elle, a nurse, and son Sam. After returning from a tour of duty, he learns that Joe was arrested for trespassing in Janjira after picking up a frequency identical to one he detected just before the nuclear plant's destruction. After Ford travels to Japan and bails him out, Joe convinces him to come with him to another trip to Janjira, for Sandra's sake. They soon discover the city is not radioactive and, after recovering Joe's data in their old house, they notice activity near the nuclear power plant. Just then, security agents arrest them.

The power plant now houses a large laboratory for studying a strange chrysalis, the creature that emerged in the Philippines. Serizawa and Graham are among the scientists there and review Joe's data with fascination as he demands answers. As the monster begins to hatch, Serizawa regretfully gives the order to kill him with electric shocks. Unfazed, he emerges from his chrysalis, unleashing an electromagnetic pulse, and wreaks havoc on the site, leaving Joe critically injures. After the monster flies away, the military takes Serizawa to the USS Saratoga. He requests that Joe and Ford accompany him, wanting to know their insights into the situation, but Joe dies of his injuries before they can speak.

On the Saratoga, Serizawa and Graham reveal to Ford that they work for Monarch, a multinational organization dedicated to studying giant monsters and concealing their existence from the public. Monarch was formed in 1954 after the USS Nautilus inadvertently awakening an ancient alpha predator called Godzilla. His kind lived on the Earth's surface millions of years ago, when it was more radioactive, and eventually moved underwater and underground to feed on radiation from the Earth's core. Monarch attempted to kill him with nuclear strikes, which were covered up as mere tests. The monster from Janjira is a MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism), a parasite who also feeds on radiation and radioactive materials. Ford informs Serizawa that Joe mentioned tracking a form of echolocation within Janjira, leading the team to believe the MUTO was communicating with something.

The Saratoga brings Ford to Honolulu, Hawaii, to catch a flight to San Francisco. After a Russian nuclear submarine goes missing, a U.S. Navy Special Forces team finds it in a forest outside Honolulu, where the MUTO is feeding on its weaponry. Fighter jets surround him and prepare to engage, but he sends out another EMP, causing them to drop from the sky. Meanwhile, Ford is boarding a tram at the Honolulu International Airport. Curious by his toy soldier, which he recovered from his house at Janjira, a young boy named Akio follows him inside, being separated from his parents as the doors close. Ford assures them that he will return their son. Shortly thereafter, the MUTO's pulse brings the train comes to a standstill. Godzilla, sensing the MUTO's presence, makes landfall in Honolulu, generating a tsunami. As the power returns, the MUTO attacks Ford's train, but Godzilla soon gains his attention. After a brief fight, the MUTO flies off with Godzilla in pursuit, heading east. Elle and Sam watch their battle on the news. The next day, Akio reunites with his parents and Ford heads to the mainland with the military.

Serizawa and Graham realize that the MUTO's signal was meant for the supposedly dormant spore in Nevada, not Godzilla. U.S. forces storm Yucca Mountain, only to find that the second, larger MUTO has already emerged. She tears through Las Vegas, Nevada, unfazed by helicopter attacks. They conclude that the larger MUTO is female, whereas the winged one is a male. Their paths show them converging in San Francisco, where they will mate and build a nest. Admiral William Stenz approves a plan to lure all three monsters out to sea with an ultra-powerful nuclear warhead and detonate it to kill them. Serizawa disapproves, believing the monsters will be unharmed; only Godzilla can stop the MUTOs.

After citing his EOD training, Ford is assigned to the train transporting several nuclear missiles to San Francisco. Their path brings them perilously close to the female MUTO, who attacks them after routing nearby military forces. Ford survives, along with one of the missiles, and a helicopter recovers them both the next morning. At same time, citizens in San Francisco are being evacuated on school buses. Elle leaves Sam with a friend while she stays behind at the hospital. As his bus crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, Godzilla surfaces. The Navy opens fire in an attempt to prevent him from entering the city, and Army units on the bridge join them, angering Godzilla. He barrels through the bridge, Sam's bus barely escaping in time. Just as soldiers on a nearby boat set the detonation timer on the surviving nuclear missiles, the male MUTO grabs it, presenting it to the female as a gift. Elle reaches a shelter as he resumes his battle with Godzilla.

Ford joins a HALO drop team to deactivate the missile before it can destroy San Francisco. As they make their preparations, Serizawa remarks to Stenz that they have no choice now but to let the monsters fight. After the HALO team lands and makes their way towards the missile, the female MUTO joins her mate against Godzilla and begins to turn the tide. The soldiers take that opportunity to seize the missile, only to find the timer has been sealed shut. They plan to bring it out to sea, but Ford stays behind to destroy the nest with gasoline. The resulting explosion distracts the female MUTO, who closes in on Ford. Recovering, Godzilla returns the favor, blasting her with his atomic breath. Before Godzilla can finish her off, the male MUTO attacks him again. This time, he kills the parasite by tail-whipping him into the 44 Montgomery building. The building collapses, pinning Godzilla underneath a pile of rubble and dust. Ford briefly makes eye contact with him as he tries to rejoin his comrades.

The female MUTO reaches them first, but not before they load the missile onto a boat. As she dispatches the rest of the soldiers, a limping Ford casts off. She gives chase, shutting the boat down with her EMP. Ford draws his pistol and prepares to die, but Godzilla intervenes again. Pulling her jaw open, he fires his atomic breath into her mouth, decapitating her. Exhausted, he throws her head in the water and collapses. Ford drives the boat out to sea and is rescued by a helicopter before the warhead detonates at a safe distance from the city.

The next day, Ford reunites with Sam and Elle. Serizawa and Graham watch in awe as Godzilla awakens. The Brody family watches him leave on a Jumbotron, with a news station anointing him "King of the Monsters, Savior of Our City?" Godzilla lets out a final roar before plunging into the sea.

Staff

A transcript of Godzilla's opening credits, including the redacted text, can be found on Birth.Movies.Death. The end credits are available on SciFi Japan.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson   as   Lieutenant Ford Brody, U.S. Navy EOD technician
  • Ken Watanabe   as   Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, Monarch biologist
  • Elizabeth Olsen   as   Elle Brody, ER nurse
  • Sally Hawkins   as   Dr. Vivienne Graham, Monarch paleontologist
  • David Strathairn   as   Admiral William Stenz, commander of the USS Saratoga
  • Bryan Cranston   as   Joseph Brody, nuclear physicist
  • Juliette Binoche   as   Sandra Brody, nuclear plant technician
  • Carson Bolde   as   Sam Brody, Ford's son
  • CJ Adams   as   Young Ford Brody
  • Anthony Konechny   as   PO2 Thatch
  • Victor Rasuk   as   Sergeant Tre Morales
  • Patrick Sabongui   as   Master Sergeant Marcus Waltz
  • Brian Markinson   as   Whalen, Monarch scientist
  • Richard T. Jones   as   Captain Russell Hampton
  • Al Sapienza   as   Huddleston, chief security officer at MUTO research facility
  • Kevin O'Grady   as   Firefighter
  • Ed Rosek   as   Firefighter
  • Ed Belanger   as   Firefighter
  • Steve Wesley   as   Firefighter
  • Matt Ortega   as   Firefighter
  • Steven Wiig   as   Couple
  • Jared Keeso   as   Jump Master Griffin
  • Aaron Pearl   as   Doctor Carsin
  • Yuki Morita   as   Akio's mother
  • James Kot   as   Navy surgeon
  • Taylor Nichols   as   Military analyst
  • James Pizzinato   as   SFG #2 crane
  • Taya Clyne   as   School bus kid
  • Kenneth Carrella   as   Medic
  • Ed Heavey   as   Medic
  • Rich Paul   as   Major Mason
  • Paul Chirico   as   Halo jumper
  • John O'Brien   as   Evacuation worker
  • Nel Venzon   as   Angry miner
  • Keo Woolford   as   Airport worker

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Michael Patrick Denis   as   Officer on ship deck
  • Jeric Ross   as   Dying man in triage
  • Steven M. Murdzia   as   Beret leader
  • Primo Allonine   as   Team member
  • Paul Edney   as   Tsunami survivor
  • Jesse Reid   as   Ordinance tech
  • Jake Cunanan   as   Akio
  • Jodie Yee   as   Wounded FEMA citizen
  • Warren Takeuchi   as   Akio's father
  • Corey Craig   as   Soldier
  • Max Clough   as   Soldier
  • Edward Flynn   as   Runner James
  • Peter Dwerryhouse   as   Wheelchair evacuee
  • Yukari Komatsu   as   Teacher
  • Akira Takarada   as   Japanese immigration agent (deleted scene)
  • TJ Storm   as   Godzilla (motion capture, uncredited)[4]

Japanese dub

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Fuminori Komatsu   as   Lieutenant Ford Brody
  • Yuzu Aoki   as   Young Ford Brody
  • Ken Watanabe   as   Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
  • Yasuyoshi Hara   as   Joseph Brody
  • Haru   as   Elle Brody
  • Yuki Sakurai   as   Sam Brody
  • Rieko Takahashi   as   Dr. Vivienne Graham
  • Kaori Yamagata   as   Sandra Brody
  • Katsuhiko Sasaki   as   Admiral William Stenz
  • Kenji Nomura   as   Captain Russell Hampton
  • Toru Sakurai   as   Sergeant Tre Morales
  • Yasuhiko Nemoto   as   Master Sergeant Marcus Waltz
  • Shuhei Sakaguchi   as   Jump Master Griffin
  • Michiko Kaiden   as   Officer Martinez
  • Masamichi Kitada   as   Takashi
  • Naomi Kusumi   as   Stan Walsh
  • Haruo Yamagishi   as   Hayato
  • Tetsuo Kanao   as   Whalen
  • Takeshi Maruyama   as   Jainway
  • Shiro Sano   as   Military analyst

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, vehicles, and races


Production

Main article: Godzilla (2014 film)/Development.

Godzilla was filmed under the fake working title Nautilus. According to director Gareth Edwards, "It was originally codenamed 'Fatman' after the bomb in Hiroshima, but everyone kept thinking it was a comedy film."[5]

Marketing

Main article: Godzilla (2014 film)/Development#Marketing.

Gallery

Main article: Godzilla (2014 film)/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Godzilla's soundtrack, released as "Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," was composed by Alexandre Desplat. The soundtrack contains 20 tracks.

Theatrical releases

View all posters for the film here.

  • United States - May 16, 2014
  • Japan - July 25, 2014 (Distributed by Toho)   [view poster]Japanese poster
  • Argentina - May 15, 2014
  • Australia - May 15, 2014
  • Austria - May 16, 2014
  • Belgium - May 14, 2014
  • Bolivia - May 14, 2014
  • Brazil - May 14, 2014
  • Bulgaria - May 16, 2014
  • Canada - May 16, 2014
  • Chile - May 15, 2014
  • China - June 13, 2014   [view poster]Chinese poster
  • Colombia - May 16, 2014
  • Croatia - May 15, 2014
  • Cyprus - May 16, 2014
  • Czech Republic - May 15, 2014
  • Denmark - May 15, 2014
  • Egypt - May 14, 2014
  • Estonia - May 16, 2014
  • Finland - May 16, 2014
  • France - May 14, 2014
  • Germany - May 15, 2014   [view poster]German poster
  • Greece - May 15, 2014
  • Hong Kong - May 15, 2014
  • Hungary - May 15, 2014
  • Iceland - May 16, 2014
  • India - May 16, 2014
  • Indonesia - May 16, 2014
  • Israel - May 15, 2014
  • Italy - May 15, 2014
  • Korea - May 15, 2014
  • Latvia - May 16, 2014
  • Lebanon - May 15, 2014
  • Lithuania - May 16, 2014
  • Malaysia - May 15, 2014
  • Mexico - May 15, 2014
  • Netherlands - May 15, 2014
  • New Zealand - May 15, 2014
  • Norway - May 16, 2014
  • Panama - May 16, 2014
  • Peru - May 15, 2014
  • Philippines - May 15, 2014
  • Poland - May 16, 2014
  • Portugal - May 15, 2014
  • Puerto Rico - May 15, 2014
  • România - May 16, 2014
  • Russia - May 15, 2014
  • Serbia - May 15, 2014
  • Singapore - May 15, 2014
  • South Africa - May 30, 2014
  • South Korea   [view poster]South Korean poster
  • Spain - May 16, 2014   [view poster]Spanish poster
  • Sweden - May 14, 2014
  • Switzerland (French) - May 14, 2014
  • Switzerland (German) - May 15, 2014
  • Taiwan - May 16, 2014
  • Thailand - May 15, 2014
  • Turkey - May 16, 2014
  • Ukraine - May 15, 2014
  • United Arab Emirates - May 15, 2014
  • United Kingdom - May 15, 2014   [view poster]English poster
  • Uruguay - May 15, 2014
  • Venezuela - May 16, 2014

Premium Formats

  • 3D (post-converted)
  • IMAX 3D
  • Dolby Atmos

Box office

Godzilla received the biggest opening day box office results of 2014 when it came out, scoring $38,525,000 on Friday, May 16. The was expected to gather $100 million by May 19,[6] and ended up surpassing it slightly with $103 million.[7] By next Friday, on May 24, Godzilla only received $8.8 million.[8] By the end of the four-day weekend that started on May 25, the movie had collected $38.4 million due to strong marketing,[9] and fell down to $3.3 million the rest of the week[10] and to $12 million on the May-June weekend.[11]

Godzilla earned £10,109,175 ($17,003,642) on its opening weekend in the United Kingdom[12] and a total of 149,098,752 Mexican dollars (US $11,559,835) on its opening weekend in Mexico.[13]

When Godzilla opened in China on June, it received $10.9 million for the biggest opening day of 2014.[14]

Godzilla's opening weekend box office total for Japan was ¥1,657,853,474, or $16,283,798.[15]

By August 3, 2014, Godzilla's worldwide earnings had surpassed half a billion dollars ($500,000,000).

By the end of its theatrical run, Godzilla had earned a grand total of $528,676,069 across all countries ($200,676,069 in the U.S. and $328,000,000 abroad).[16]

Reception

Godzilla has received generally positive reviews by critics and fans alike.[17][18] Mose Persico of CTV says it's "a film not to be missed," Scott Carty of ABC TV deems it "epic for all the right reasons," Shawn Edwards of FOX TV calls it "the most incredible movie of the year," and Nancy Jay of Daybreak USA says it's "an instant classic."[19] IGN gave it 9.0 out of 10.[20] Critics have praised Gareth Edwards' direction,[21] the film's visual effects,[22] cinematography,[23] respect for the source material, creature designs,[24] use of slow build-up,[25] Alexandre Desplat's musical score, and Bryan Cranston's performance.[26]

The movie has also received its fair share of criticism, however. Most of the complaints revolve around the fact that Godzilla received relatively little screen time, less screen time than the MUTOs in fact, and that the monster battles don't take up much of the movie's running time. Some critics also found the film's characters to be underdeveloped.[27] In addition, many critics and audience members found Ford Brody to be a bland and generic protagonist, and criticized marketing for leading people to believe that Joe Brody was going to be the main character, though Bryan Cranston's performance has received almost universal praise.

On opening day in Japan, the film received 3.55 out of 5 stars on Yahoo! Eiga.[28][29] Toho themselves reacted positively to the film, with Edwards saying they thought it was "fantastic".[30] Shinji Higuchi, co-director of Shin Godzilla, later praised the film as a "masterpiece" in an interview with the Associated Press in July 2015.[31]

Awards

The first award Godzilla received, or rather Legendary Pictures received for Godzilla, was the 'Japan Cool Content Contribution' award, or J3C, on September 13 at the Consulate General's residence. The award was crated to recognize creatives who popularize Japanese media for worldwide audiences, which the financially successful Godzilla did. Alex Garcia attended and accepted the award on Legendary's behalf.[32]

Godzilla was a contender for an Oscar nomination for 'Sound Editing.'[33] Though it ultimately did not receive a nomination, key grips David McIntosh, Steve Smith, Mike Branham, and Mike Kirilenko won a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy in 2016 for the inflatable green screen they invented for the film's Golden Gate Bridge sequence.[34]

Godzilla was also nominated for 'Best Science Fiction Film Release' and 'Best Film Music' as part of the 41st annual Saturn Awards.[35]

Video releases

Warner Bros. / Toho DVD + Digital HD (2014)

  • Region: Various
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: English, Spanish, Canadian French (Surround 5.1) [U.S. release - will vary depending on country]
  • Special features: Four behind-the-scenes featurettes on Godzilla (19 minutes), the MUTOs (7 minutes), on-set and digital scenes of destruction (8 minutes), and the filming of the H.A.L.O. jump (5 minutes); three featurettes told from an in-universe perspective (15 minutes total), Japanese trailers and TV spots (Toho release only)
  • Notes: A single-disc version without special features can be found packaged with Pacific Rim. Reissued in 2019 with a new slipcover.

Warner Bros. / Toho Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD (2014)

  • Region: Various
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: English (DTS HD-Master Audio 7.1, 5.1 Surround), Spanish, Canadian French (Surround 5.1) [U.S. release - will vary depending on country]
  • Special features: Four behind-the-scenes featurettes on Godzilla (19 minutes), the MUTOs (7 minutes), on-set and digital scenes of destruction (8 minutes), and the filming of the H.A.L.O. jump (5 minutes); three featurettes told from an in-universe perspective (15 minutes total); "Godzilla: Rebirth of an Icon" featurette (28 minutes, Target exclusive); Japanese trailers and TV spots (Toho release only)
  • Notes: Reissued in 2017 and 2019 with new slipcases, and in 2018 with a new face plate. FYE exclusively sold a SteelBook edition beginning in 2019.

Warner Bros. / Toho 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD (2014)

  • Region: Various
  • Discs: 3
  • Audio: English (DTS HD-Master Audio 7.1, 5.1 Surround), Spanish, Canadian French (Surround 5.1) [U.S. release - will vary depending on country]
  • Special features: Four behind-the-scenes featurettes on Godzilla (19 minutes), the MUTOs (7 minutes), on-set and digital scenes of destruction (8 minutes), and the filming of the H.A.L.O. jump (5 minutes); three featurettes told from an in-universe perspective (15 minutes total); Japanese trailers and TV spots (Toho release only)

Toho 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD (2015)

  • Region: A/1
  • Discs: 5
  • Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1), Japanese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Special features: Four behind-the-scenes featurettes on Godzilla (19 minutes), the MUTOs (7 minutes), on-set and digital scenes of destruction (8 minutes), and the filming of the H.A.L.O. jump (5 minutes); three featurettes told from an in-universe perspective (15 minutes total); Japanese trailers and TV spots; documentary on the film's release in Japan; overview of Godzilla's designs; interviews of staff members throughout the Godzilla series; Godzilla 60 Anniversary Discussion featuring Akira Takarada; Yoshimitsu Banno interview; Monster Planet of Godzilla short film; poster gallery; movie program
  • Notes: Limited production run of 8,000 copies. Comes with an exclusive "poster variant" of the S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2014 figure.

For variations in packaging, refer to the gallery page.

Sequels

Main articles: Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla vs. Kong.

Gareth Edwards stated that he wanted Godzilla to work as a standalone film with a definitive ending, and opposed suggestions that the ending should leave the film open for a sequel.[36] While Edwards wasn't against the possibility of future sequels, his main concern was delivering a satisfying experience with the current film; "I want a story that begins and ends, and you leave on a high. That's all we cared about when we were making this; just this film. If this film is good, the others can come, but let’s just pay attention to this and not get sidetracked by other things."[37]

On May 18th, 2014, after its successful opening weekend, a sequel was officially given the green light from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. The sequel was known by the working title Godzilla 2 before receiving the official title Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Edwards was initially confirmed to be directing the sequel, but it was unknown if any of the previous cast would be returning. In a previous interview with Gareth Edwards, he said that if the film were to have a sequel that he would like to do a Destroy All Monsters-like film.[38]

On July 26, 2014, the official Legendary Twitter announced that Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah would be appearing in the sequel.[39] A piece of "Classified Monarch Footage," a teaser for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, was shown at San Diego Comic-Con on the same day. According to eye-witnesses, it looked like it was put together in the 1960s, with audio of John F. Kennedy talking about threats and dangers. Text comes on the screen saying that there was one more secret: "There were others." A pterodactyl-like shadow and "CODENAME: RODAN." An extreme close-up of a giant moth creature and "CODENAME: MOTHRA." Then a silhouette and quick cuts around a dragon-like shape figure and "CODENAME: GHIDORAH." Finally, "THREAT ASSESSMENT: CONFLICT INEVITABLE," followed by "LET THEM FIGHT."[40]

On October 14, 2015, Legendary Pictures confirmed the production of a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla titled Godzilla vs. Kong for a 2020 release. Legendary revealed its plans to create a shared cinematic universe, dubbed the MonsterVerse, featuring Godzilla and King Kong, with the already-announced Kong: Skull Island serving as the next entry. Kong: Skull Island was released in 2017, followed by Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019, with Godzilla vs. Kong to follow in 2021.[41] Gareth Edwards has since dropped out of Godzilla: King of the Monsters to work on other projects, and was replaced by Michael Dougherty, director of Trick 'r Treat and Krampus.

Videos

Main article: Godzilla (2014 film)/Videos.

Trivia

  • This film would have been actor Akira Takarada's first appearance in a non-Japanese Godzilla film, as he filmed a cameo as a customs officer who would greet Ford Brody in Tokyo. However, his scene was ultimately cut from the film. Screenwriter Max Borenstein also made an unused cameo as a refugee at the end of the film.[42]
  • When Ford and Joe are searching through the ruins of their former home in the quarantine zone, the words "Ford's Mothra" can be seen printed below a glass case. The "ra" is in a different font, apparently the font of the "Janjira" logo, suggesting two stickers or pieces of tape laid over each other. Mothra would go on to appear in the film's sequel.
  • This is the first Godzilla film released in 3D, with the exception of the short film Monster Planet of Godzilla, created for a ride at Sanrio Purioland. Godzilla was not filmed in 3D, but post-converted.
  • In a moment that was filmed but didn't make the final cut, Ford fell asleep at Joe's apartment while watching Toho movies.[43] However, the novelization retains it, describing "giant prehistoric creatures [battling] each other amidst balsa-wood sets", though the film itself is unspecified.[44]
  • Dr. Ishiro Serizawa's costume from his first scene in Godzilla is a reference to special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya's typical work outfit.[45]
  • The Brody family name comes from Chief Martin Brody, the main character of Jaws.[46] Ford's first name references Harrison Ford, the actor who director Gareth Edwards and screenwriter Max Borenstein most wanted him to evoke.[47]
  • The design of the timer on the Minuteman missile was inspired by the timer on the Chinese nuclear weapon in Goldfinger.[48]
  • A mosquito landed on Ken Watanabe's nose during filming of his "let them fight" line, prompting him to quip "let them bite" afterwards.[49]
  • Jolyon Yates, who was responsible for the drawing of the anatomy of several Gamera kaiju for the Shout! Factory DVD releases of the Showa Gamera films and who designed the Godzilla crew's t-shirts, makes a cameo as one of the workers escaping the Janjira power plant.[50][51]
  • At 355 ft. tall, the Godzilla in this film was the largest yet in the film series, though the Godzillas in all subsequent films have been taller still.
  • This film appears to borrow some plot elements from the script of the unmade 1994 TriStar Godzilla film:
    • In both, Godzilla is believed to be destined to save the Earth from monsters that are more of a threat to it than him (the Gryphon and the MUTOs, respectively).
    • Both have Godzilla beheading the enemy monster.
    • The biggest difference is that while the Godzilla in this film does not deliberately cause destruction in any location and avoids conflict with the military, the Godzilla from the cancelled TriStar script actually does seem to deliberately attack human settlements, specifically the Japanese Kurila islands, and decimates the military's forces willingly when attacked.
  • The film also shares a great deal of plot similarities with Gamera: Guardian of the Universe from 1995.
    • Like Gamera who reemerges in the modern day to defeat his ancient enemy Gyaos, Godzilla reawakens to battle the MUTOs.
    • Like Gyaos who is reawakened and empowered due to humanity's destruction of the environment, the MUTOs are reawakened by human activity and feed on manmade nuclear materials.
    • The JSDF mistakenly believes Gamera to be the greater threat compared to Gyaos before finally deciding to "let them fight" in a major urban center in the film's climactic battle. In both cases, the heroic monster tries to stop his enemy from reproducing from its nest in the heart of the city.
    • Gamera beheads Gyaos before returning back to the ocean triumphantly, exactly as Godzilla does to the female MUTO.
    • In an interview with Kinema Junpo, Shusuke Kaneko, director of Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, himself acknowledged these similarities and commented: "Gareth... of course he must have watched Gamera. It's alright though."[52]
  • This is the first film since Terror of Mechagodzilla where Godzilla does not intentionally cause destruction. A possible reason for this is that the director of the film, Gareth Edwards, was more familiar with the more lighthearted and heroic incarnations of the character, specifically the one from Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla animated series, when he was a boy growing up in Warwickshire in the center of England.[53]
  • One of the lines quickly "classified" in the opening credits reads: "Are these animals real? Can we prove they exist? Or are they merely men in rubber suits with costumes designed by tricksters?"
  • In one of the original drafts of the 2014 film, it was mentioned Godzilla was going to be 600 feet tall.[54]

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References

This is a list of references for Godzilla (2014 film). These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Graser, Marc (July 15, 2013). "With 'Pacific Rim,' 'Godzilla,' 'Seventh Son' and '300: Rise of an Empire,' Legendary's Thomas Tull has become Hollywood's beast master". Variety.]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Godzilla. The Numbers. Retrieved on March 13, 2020.
  3. Japanese promotional material reveals the film's tagline
  4. Meet the Actor who Brought Godzilla to Life - CRHoy.com
  5. Gareth Edwards (9 April 2020). It was originally codenamed 'Fatman' after the bomb in Hiroshima, but everyone kept thinking it was a comedy film #MonsterverseWatchalong. Twitter.
  6. Friday Report: 'Godzilla' Roars, Scores Biggest Opening Day of 2014. Box Office Mojo. May 17, 2014.
  7. Weekend Report: 'Godzilla' is Box Office King - Box Office Mojo
  8. Friday Report: 'X-Men' Kicks Off Holiday Weekend with $36 Million - Box Office Mojo
  9. Weekend Report: 'X-Men' Rules Memorial Day, Falls Short of Franchise Record - Box Office Mojo
  10. Friday Report: 'Maleficent' Conjures Up $24.2 Million Debut - Box Office Mojo
  11. Weekend Report: 'Maleficent' Casts Box Office Spell, 'Million Ways' Dies - Box Office Mojo
  12. United Kingdom Weekend Box Office Index For 2014 - Box Office Mojo
  13. Mexico Weekend Box Office Index For 2014 - Box Office Mojo
  14. China Box Office: ‘Godzilla’ Has Biggest Opening Day of the Year
  15. Japan Weekend Box Office Index For 2014 - Box Office Mojo
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named BOMojo
  17. Godzilla - Rotten Tomatoes
  18. [http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-godzilla-movie-reviews-critics-20140515-story.html 'Godzilla' a solid if not smashing reboot, reviews say - LA Times]
  19. Godzilla - In Theaters Friday
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  28. 25 Jul 2014 capture of GODZILLA ゴジラ - Yahoo! 映画
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  31. AP Interview: Japan's 'Godzilla' Director Wants to Surprise - ABC News
  32. Legendary's 'Godzilla' to Receive Japanese Governmental Award - The Hollywood Reporter
  33. Sound Editing Oscar Contenders - Godzilla - Variety.com
  34. Inflatable Green Screen Invention Snags Oscar For B.C. Key Grips
  35. 41st Saturn Awards - Variety
  36. 'Godzilla' Sequel In The Works
  37. Collider.com Gareth Edwards interview
  38. Godzilla Director Game For Destroy All Monsters-type Sequel
  39. It's the news you've been waiting for. Monarch confirm Godzilla is not alone. Rodan! Mothra! King Ghidorah! #LegendarySDCC #SDCC - Twitter
  40. GODZILLA 2 Announced at Comic-Con; Will Feature Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah
  41. Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures Announce Cinematic Franchise Uniting Godzilla, King Kong and Other Iconic Giant Monsters - Legendary
  42. Gareth Edwards (9 April 2020). @MAXBORENSTEIN the screenwriter cameo that never made the cut. Sadly his acting skills were not as good as his writing that day #MonsterverseWatchalong. Twitter.
  43. Gareth Edwards (9 April 2020). We actually shot a scene that went at the end of this sequence of Ford falling asleep watching Toho Movies #MonsterverseWatchalong. Twitter.
  44. Greg Cox. Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization. Titan Books. p. 69. 2014. ISBN: 9781783290949.
  45. Legendary (9 April 2020). The costume for @Watanabe in this scene is based on Eiji Tsuburaya’s outfits (the special effects director on the early Godzilla films). #MonsterverseWatchalong. Twitter.
  46. Legendary (9 April 2020). The Brody family is named after Martin Brody from Jaws. @BryanCranston compared the two films: “The film does not immediately show the beast, but rather builds up its appearance, while still delivering an eerie and terrifying off-screen presence.” #MonsterverseWatchalong. Twitter.
  47. Gareth Edwards (9 April 2020). Ford was named after Harrison Ford, because when @MAXBORENSTEIN (screenwriter) and myself were asked what character he should be like, we both said a young Harrison Ford #MonsterverseWatchalong. Twitter.
  48. Legendary (9 April 2020). The timing device on the nuclear bomb is an homage to the design of the bomb from the 1964 James Bond @007 film Goldfinger. #MonsterverseWatchalong. Twitter.
  49. Gareth Edwards (9 April 2020). So when we shot this scene a mosquito landed on Ken's nose and he carried on like a true pro. Afterwards he said 'Let them Bite' #MonsterverseWatchalong #TrueStory. Twitter.
  50. GODZILLA Crew shirt.
  51. GODZILLA (2014) Cameo
  52. Sekiguchi Y.. Kinema Junpo No. 1666. Kinema Junpo. p. 48. 2014. ISBN: B006CDA5BI.
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  54. June 20, 2012 revision of Godzilla script by David Callaham, David S. Goyer, and Max Borenstein.]

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RexGoji

20 days ago
Score 1
I loved how this went from saying the n word and death threats to "ranting on your opinion". Of course that's the worst issue.
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RexGoji

20 days ago
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I wish there was a way to delete your own comments, and this was supposed to be a reply to jfk.
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Jfk

13 days ago
Score -2
too bad there is no way to delete this
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Jfk

21 days ago
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one of the worst things about this movie is that it has a toxic fandom like if you say you hate this movie or like another godzilla movie more than this movie or if you say it's least favorite godzilla movie than you will have a hard time with the annoying G14 crowd, they'll start saying the n word at you, they'll call the police on you, they'll send death threats to you, they'll say how this movie along with the 98 movie is better than japan's "crappy" versions, hell they'll even start ranting on your opinion.
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Jfk

21 days ago
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for example a user in this page called godzillafan999 was attacked by the g14 fans because of his negative opinion.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

20 days ago
Score 1
Man, I really want to hear the story of the person who got swatted for not liking G14. That sounds extremely real.
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VaderRaptor

20 days ago
Score 0
Almost like it happened with kotm...
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JurassicKaiju14

20 days ago
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"they'll start saying the n word at you, they'll call the police on you, they'll send death threats to you, they'll say how this movie along with the 98 movie is better than japan's "crappy" versions, hell they'll even start ranting on your opinion."

Only points 1, 4, and 5 seem remotely plausible. Calling the police and sending death threats goes beyond far fetched.
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RexGoji

20 days ago
Score 1
The other way around also works, but like JK14 said the extent of the hate probably will not go that high...
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14Goji

one month ago
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My overall rating is 4/5. it was good, but it barely missed the mark.
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Mahayana-60

one month ago
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I love this film but i hate that they had to give it sequels. What many find to be complaints, i really love about this film! Gareth Edwards wanted Godzilla to be something to truly behold when on screen. Every appearance that he had was so grand and spine chilling.

I love how the action never overstayed it's welcome or became gratuitous like many American action films tend to do. To me it felt a little bit more pretentious than most action films because of Edwards's indie-esque style that is also visible in Star Wars: Rogue One (Regrettably i have not yet seen his film Monsters).

Something about how grand this film made Godzilla, from the cinematography to the music following him just really makes this film stand out to me.

I also rather enjoyed the characters even if there wasn't much to a lot of them.

But this film is not my favourite of the new series. That honour goes to the winner of the 2017 Japan academy prize for best picture and 6 more (And rightfully so if you ask me): Shin Godzilla!
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A964

one month ago
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i find this movie to be mediocore
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RexGoji

2 months ago
Score 0
The second Godzilla movie I saw.
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14Goji

2 months ago
Score 0
There where too little of Godzilla but I still loved this one!
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TopMonarchScientist

13 months ago
Score 0
What is THAT video for?
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VaderRaptor

13 months ago
Score 0
Why do you ask.
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TopMonarchScientist

13 months ago
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(derp face) I dont know why
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TopMonarchScientist

13 months ago
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Practically no one would agree here and call me incorrect all you want,but I don't find Ford Brody to be a dull protagonist.
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JurassicKaiju14

13 months ago
Score 1

He could have been a good protagonist. It's just that a lot of people (myself included) felt that he didn't emote as much as he could have. That, and his constantly running into the monsters started to feel borderline ridiculous. Everywhere they went, he'd almost always be there somehow.

At least with KOTM, there's a good reason for the characters to be in the same zone as the monsters; they're the scientists meant to track them down.
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Titanus Radon

14 months ago
Score 2

My review: Godzilla 2014


Pros: Cinematography is great, low angles show how massive the titans are, the MUTOs could shut down our electricity in a matter of seconds, Godzilla is the guardian of earth, kiss of death.


Cons: Very dull in color, the main lead is so dull, the final fight is very dark, Bryan Cranston's character dies too early.


Overall rating: 8/10 stars. the film is great, but the characters are dull and barely any color is in the movie.
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TopMonarchScientist

15 months ago
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I feel like the film retconned the 1954 film
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JurassicKaiju14

11 months ago
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It didn't. It's in a completely different universe from any of the Toho installments.
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AubergineAnguirus

15 months ago
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If only Bryan Cranston's character didn't die in the first act. It would've been way better if he died in the third act. Oh well..
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

15 months ago
Score 0
Love it! (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤
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G&G-Fan

16 months ago
Score 1

I think this is a pretty good movie, but it could've been better. I agree with most people regarding the flaws of the film. I feel like it would be so much better if it SHOWED the Godzilla and Male MUTO fight in Honululu, like for real. That way we wouldn't have to wait so long for the final battle. From what I saw on the TV screen it looked like a cool fight and that just really frustrates me that they didn't show it. Also, while it doesn't bother me too much, especially with Godzilla KOTM, I can't say I'm entirely a fan of Godzilla never destroying any buildings in the MonsterVerse. Just think about how incredible a Hollywood CGI Godzilla destruction scene could be.

Also it bothers me when people keep saying "Oh, he has the same amount of screentime as in Gojira", and I'm just like, yeah, that was made in the 50s in Japan with a much smaller budget when Godzilla was portrayed by a man in a suit that was basically torture to be in. This is a 2014 Hollywood movie with a $160 million dollar budget and had a CGI Godzilla. That's not a valid excuse.
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Godzillafan999

17 months ago
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I hate the Godzilla fanbases problem with opinions when I say I hate this Godzilla movie they get angry at me and treat it being good like it’s a fact the same with when I say I liked the anime trilogy( although I can see why people hate the anime trilogy )
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Titan of Water

17 months ago
Score 1
They’re always gonna be jerks in a fan base, just ignore them. Also keep in mind people should be able to voice their opinion as long as they’re respectful.
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Conder99

16 months ago
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PA!! No one likes this movie!! and for good reason lmao, this along with shin and the anime trilogy is one of the most mediocre films in recent history!!
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Astounding Beyond Belief

16 months ago
Score 1
You're, uh, really going with that as your put-down, huh?
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The King of the Monsters

16 months ago
Score 1
Ah yes, Shin certainly is a mediocre movie as you can tell by the fact it's the most critically and financially successful Godzilla film ever made and swept multiple awards in Japan, including Best Picture at the Japan Academy Awards. Surely everyone finds it to be one of the most mediocre films ever made.
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Godzillafan999

16 months ago
Score 0
I loved Shin Godzilla so it’s not mediocre to me at least so that’s your opinion
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Conder99

16 months ago
Score -1
Have ya ever heard of an opinion hmmm? Plus mediocre films can be still popular, the bayformers a good example
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Jfk

2 months ago
Score 0
juddging by this comment it looks like you must've really hated kotm
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VaderRaptor

20 days ago
Score 0
@jfk: that's a pretty big conclusion
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Luigi Bro

17 months ago
Score 0
Best GODZILLA MOVIE EVER
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5146 Adam

17 months ago
Score 1
No offense, but most of one aspect is lacking in the movie for me: the characters, but that's just me. You can like it how much you want :D
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DystrVction

18 months ago
Score -1
In all my years as a fan, I don't think I've ever hated a Godzilla movie as much as I hate this one.
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5146 Adam

17 months ago
Score 2
Godzilla's Revenge: Hold my beer
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Godzillakid

17 months ago
Score 2

@5146_Adam

All monsters attack: hah! Amateurs
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 months ago
Score -1
They are the same film tho
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Titan of Water

24 months ago
Score 4
This was the movie that introduced me to Godzilla.
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Lachlanowers

24 months ago
Score 2
me too this film is amazing.
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SkullIslandExplorer

22 months ago
Score 0
Really? You must be younger than me, ‘cause my first introduction to Godzilla was Godzilla vs. Biollante (on VHS). (P.S. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and everyone on this site!)
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Titan of Water

22 months ago
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Merry Christmas to you too. I’m only and teen, so I was about twelve when this movie came out.
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Titan of Water

22 months ago
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and should be am btw
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JurassicKaiju14

13 months ago
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Destroy All Monsters was what introduced me to the franchise, but this was the movie that ensured I'd stay here. :)
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AngiraBlu

13 months ago
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Wait, if you were 12 in 2014, then that makes you about 19, right? If so, then you're a bit younger than imagined!

I'll be 23 in mid-October.
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SkullIslandExplorer

13 months ago
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@AngiraBlu: Correction: Titan of Water is 17 (2014 was 5 years ago).
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AngiraBlu

13 months ago
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I was doing the math in my head (...of all places...) and got a little thrown off by the age numbers and the years.
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RexGoji

2 months ago
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1998 for me.
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ItsDestoroyah

36 months ago
Score 1
Are you serious? The reason why Godzilla didn't get alot of screentime is to build up suspense. This was caused to make viewers wanting to know what happens next. I can't believe they literally whined about him not getting screentime
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Kiryugojifan912

30 months ago
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Well, a lot of people paid to see a Godzilla movie with Godzilla in it rather than watching a movie about a Soldier trying to come home with Godzilla as more of a side plot. I may be wrong but that's just me. While yes teasing something is a great way to hold suspense but it's the way they did it that pissed people off and when the final fight begins they were mentally drained. Once again I may be completely wrong.
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DystrVction

18 months ago
Score -1
They went about it the COMPLETE wrong way. They killed their own suspense by showing the monsters too early and not having a satisfying payoff.
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Monintoho

38 months ago
Score 1
I didn't like this one do to how godzilla is a side story
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Toa Hydros

39 months ago
Score 0

My Thoughts: Godzilla 2014

It's kinda hard for me to fairly rank this film. It was the first Godzilla movie I ever saw in theaters, and I initially found it to be an amazing experience. But repeated viewings and comparing it to previous films in the series have defogged the fanboy glasses a bit.

The most common complaint leveled at this movie is the little time devoted to Godzilla and his battles against the MUTOs, and... yeah, I'd be lying if I said I didn't find that annoying. While the build-up to Goji's first appearance is mostly well done (dat foot-stomp...), it becomes frustrating when it suddenly cuts away from what should have been an exciting monster battle, leaving us to just wait until the monsters all meet up nearly an hour later.

The human characters range from uninspired to very likable; Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an exceedingly dull protagonist, while Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe are both as distinguished and interesting as they are underplayed.

There are great things about the film though: The opening scene is one of the best I've seen in a Godzilla movie, and as I said before, the build up to his first appearance is well executed. The monster scenes, while irritatingly brief, are still very cool; they drive home just how big and powerful these creatures are in a way we've never really scene before. Godzilla's first use of his atomic breath and the Kiss of Death fatality had the entire theater roaring with applause, myself included.

The monster designs are also good. LegendaryGoji is pretty much what I always envisioned the Big G should look like in a big budget Hollywood reboot: ancient, stocky and muscular. The MUTOs are also pretty cool; I've heard people complain they are Cloverfield ripoffs, but I've never really seen much resemblance between them beyond the front legs.

Overall, I liked this movie. For all its flaws, I still think it is a worthy installment in the series, and a more respectful depiction of Godzilla than America's last attempt.

I say give it a watch.
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SkullIsland

43 months ago
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For me this ranks as one my least favorite Godzilla films after G98 and All monsters attack. I think people only liked this movie cause of Godzilla's new design.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

43 months ago
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Godzilla has had a lot of new designs.
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Green Blob Thing

43 months ago
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Actually people liked this movie because it was good. The acting is mostly great, the writing is good, the direction is also good and the monsters are awesome.
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SkullIsland

43 months ago
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Check out these interesting concepts that Carlos Huante pitched to legendary prior to this movies production/release

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SkullIsland

43 months ago
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Does anyone else think it's weird that both G14 and KSl use Crossroads baker test footage and market it as castle bravo?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

43 months ago
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Not really. Crossroads was weaker and thus could be filmed at a much closer distance. What is weird is seeing the exact same shot in G14 and G98.
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SkullIsland

43 months ago
Score 1
This film and the 98 movie are so visually similar in terms of human action.
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SkullIsland

44 months ago
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Kong: Skull island would destroy this film if it was a competitor
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Astounding Beyond Belief

44 months ago
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I will be pleasantly surprised if KSI cracks $500 million.
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SkullIsland

44 months ago
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I think it will make more than that
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SkullIsland

43 months ago
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according to box office mojo Kong Skull Island currently sits at $395,653,451 worldwide.
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SkullIsland

43 months ago
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I was right! Kong surpasses Godzilla's $529,076,069 at $534,354,724.


http://www.b...dary2016.htm

http://www.b...illa2012.htm
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Astounding Beyond Belief

43 months ago
Score 1
Well, that can only be good news for the MonsterVerse (especially since Kong cost $25 million more).
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MosuFan2004

45 months ago
Score 2
My favorite Godzilla movie.
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Spinocroc123

45 months ago
Score 1
My favorite Godzilla movie (along with Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla 1974, GMK and the Kiryu saga). a really great tribute to the whole franchise, and even though i do like Shin, i still find G14 superior.
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Kaiju4EVER

46 months ago
Score 1
I love this movie.
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BigRandomKaiju

46 months ago
Score 0
I find this movie being boring.
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

48 months ago
Score 1
I guess the Godzilla in the poster is his original height of 600 feet tall, as seen in one scene of the film that he's even smaller than the Transamerica Pyramid (the tallest building in San Francisco).
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The King of the Monsters

48 months ago
Score 1

This movie will finally be showing on basic cable TV starting October 28. Looks like at first it will be showing on TNT, and will be preceded by Pacific Rim.

http://www.s...ctober-28th/
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Titanollante

50 months ago
Score 1
Ahh, I remember following the development of this film extremely closely back on Wikia. It was so frantic...
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Goldn

49 months ago
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One of the most laggy pages on the wiki.
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SkullIsland

43 months ago
Score 1
Most likely due to so many images in the gallery. Especially the trailer sections which go frame by frame.
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