GODZILLA

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JULY 5, 2013

Not nearly as bad as said to be, “Godzilla” was just made before its time. Had Roland Emmerich waited until CGI had come along to the point of Peter Jackson’s “King Kong,” people’s interpretation of the film would have been much more accepting. However, the film’s CGI and effects are often hit-or-miss, with the poorly rendered portions completely taking you out of the movie in the worst of ways. However, there are some genuinely stunning feats for every few bad sequences, many including Godzilla stomping around New York and just getting glimpses of his feet.

Emmerich creates an epic level to the film, with his rainy New York streets and darkness surrounding the monster. The acting is often dismal, however seeing Hank Azaria get to act by far a saving grace to the film. Usually, not a huge fan of Matthew Broderick, the casting of him and the nerd that he plays is memorable and helps keep this film from being an action fest. Apart from those two performances, the rest are entirely forgettable.

Had the film stuck to the one Godzilla, wreaking havoc, the film would have been unstoppable. But as soon as we introduce eggs and hundreds of little Godzillas, the film starts to fold in on itself. For being only 98 minutes, the film often drags and becomes one chase scene after another. With such potential, it’s always hard to watch these films come and go, but to be entirely fair, this film dabbles in a lot of the right areas but never quite catches on completely.

RELEASE DATE
May 20, 1998

DIRECTOR
Roland Emmerich

WRITTEN BY
Dean Devlin
Roland Emmerich
Ted Elliott (story)
Terry Rossio (story)

BASED ON
“Godzilla”
by Toho

STUDIO
TriStar Pictures

PG-13
(for sci-fi monster action/violence)

ACTION
SCI-FI

THRILLER
139 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Ueli Steiger

COMPOSER
David Arnold

EDITOR
Peter Amundson
David J. Siegel

CAST
Matthew Broderick
Jean Reno
Maria Pitillo
Hank Azaria
Kevin Dunn
Michael Lerner
Harry Shearer

PRODUCED BY
Dean Devlin

BUDGET
$150 million

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