Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla has destroyed all box office expectations this weekend, and become a huge hit, which has now had a sequel confirmed. However, the film has really divided opinion, with the haters REALLY hating it, the massive fans really loving it, while the majority seem to be appreciative of what Edwards was trying to achieve, but not fully fulfilled with the film.
I loved it, but there were flaws, and there were pacing issues, but we must not forget that this is only Edwards’ second film as director, and it is one hell of a jump from the low budget restraint of Monsters to a film if this size. I think he should be applauded for making one of the biggest, and bravest moves in cinema history. He very nearly pulled off a perfect film, but just couldn’t quite get it right. I really hope he returns for the sequel!
So instead of talking box office figures, negative and positive responses and all that comes inbetween, let’s just have some fun here shall we?
I have a number of videos here for you to enjoy, and the first video really is hilarious, so please take the time to watch this one at least.
The five minute video is part of the US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live, and one part of the show is called Lie Witness News. This is where the makers of the show head out with a camera and microphone and test how gullible innocent people are. This particular video tries to imply that Godzilla was real, and attacked Japan in 1954. Some of the reactions are priceless, check out the video next!
So next up is another big of fun, this time addressing the complaints from some viewers that it took waaay to long to see Godzilla in the film. Whether you found it too long or just right is your call, but the below video compares how long Godzilla took to appear to other monster movies. Granted people will argue that Godzilla is not a patch on films like Jaws and Alien, and you’d be right, but this is all just a bit of fun, so please watch and just enjoy it.
Finally I have included two videos that are actually serious, and I guess these videos are for the fans of the film. The first video see’s director Gareth Edwards talk about one of his favourite scenes, the HALO jump scene, which I am sure you agree was jaw dropping.
The second video features the films sound designers, the chaps responsible for giving Godzilla his roar, which fans of the original film are sure to respect.
You can read Dr Lenera’s superb review of Godzilla here.
Gareth Edwards directs Godzilla, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick- Ass”), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).
Edwards directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein and Oscar ® nominee Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile,” “The Shawshank Redemption”), story by David Callaham and Max Borenstein, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Patricia Whitcher and Alex Garcia are serving as executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey (“Anna Karenina,” “Atonement”); production designerOwen Paterson (“The Matrix” trilogy); editor Bob Ducsay (“Looper”); Oscar-nominated costume designer Sharen Davis (“Dreamgirls,” “Ray,” “Django Unchained”); and Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel (the “Lord of the Rings” films). The score is being created by Oscar®-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (“Argo,” “The King’s Speech”).
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a Legendary Pictures production, a Gareth Edwards film, “Godzilla.” Slated to open beginning May 16, 2014, the film will be presented in 3D, 2D and IMAX® in select theatres and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.