The New GODZILLA movie

We saw GODZILLA, the new version, with our friend Kyu Hyun Kim and his wife Young Mi and we had a good time. We saw it in 2D, as it worked out, and I’m not sure how that affected the special effects, which *occasionally* seemed uneven. It didn’t affect the technicalese and military dialogue that popped up a lot–that was just stiff dialogue. But the movie’s charms, especially for nerdy cinema fans, outweigh its faults–by a big heavy dinosaurian amount. The acting is good (some of that military dialogue almost worked at times)–especially the acting of the real stars, the monsters. That’s monsters plural.

Spoilers? At this point it’s probably not a spoiler for most people in the world of social media to say there’s more than just ol’ Godzilla, monster-wise, in the film. But I will not describe the other monsters. THAT would be a spoiler. They’re well designed monsters, pretty well thought out (nothing in the movie is remotely scientific though its thematic respect for nature rings true to people who know nature), and when they’re on screen all is right with the world–or anyway with this movie.

The director is clearly a fan of the original Godzillas and the design of the monster, while looking quite saurian and more real than the original Godzilla, is still a bit of an homage, I think, to that guy in the Godzilla suit. Godzilla is rather hefty about the belly and prone to waddling in places, and that’s just like the original. But you know this isn’t a guy in a suit.

San Francisco, in this picture, only slightly looks like San Francisco. I’m not quite sure what happened on the Golden Gate Bridge, here –I may see it again in 3D, it’s enjoyable enough for that, and then I’ll figure it out.

But I just want to mention there’s a brief homage to one of Godzilla’s pals, in a terrarium, in one early scene. And I further want to say that overall this movie is well paced, nicely orchestrated, and a satisfying giant monster picture. Even when it doesn’t look 21st century good, it still looks good somehow.

It’s not a campy film, despite clear affection for the original film. One reason might be that the “don’t mindlessly mess with nature” theme resonates more meaningfully than ever.

“History shows again and again /how nature points up the folly of men…Godzilla!” (Blue Oyster Cult…sadly, the song is not in the movie.)

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