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Godzilla
(1998)
Reviewed by Beau Murray
Rating: 8 Beans

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ell, it's a sight. The much awaited, highly anticipated, mega-blockbuster that is the latest incarnation of everyones favorite big-ass lizard. I like "Godzilla", the originals, that is. Big rubber suit, tremendously horrible sub-plots, lame script, and bad dubbing. They were fun. They were camp. They were something that you could watch with you kids and actually laugh at and enjoy. Well, what has changed in the new "Godzilla"? They got computer effects and didn't need to dub it.

First off, it is a fun movie. The special effects are great and there are lots of them, too. The creature comes of looking like a freaky cross between an iguana, a T-Rex, and Giger's "Alien", on a much grander scale, of course. There are some great chase scenes, action sequences, and predictable suprises. I saw this on a midnight showing after working for 11 hours and didn't have a single bout with sleep. Now, what wasn't so good.

This is one of the worst sub-plots I have ever seen! In fact, I think it is second only to the old Godzillas that had his son in it. It is no where near "Biollante" or other classic Godzillas. But the main plot is good. It makes sense most of the time and doesn't stray too far from the central idea, but the sub-plot must have been constructed in about 23 minutes by a couple of high school kids that just got dumped by their signifigant others. It's just so freakin' stupid! This could have been a great movie if they hadn't gone to the amazingly cheesy love story format. I felt like punching Matthew Broderick everytime he talked.

Other points of intrest: Two of the actors in "Godzilla" are voices on "The Simpsons" (Hank Azaria--Apu, Moe, Snake, Cletus, to name a few and Harry Shearer--Otto, Flanders, Skinner, and Mr. Burns). How does Godzilla know about Manhattan? Why can't helicopters fly up? And finally, as lame as it may seem, look for recycled footage (same shot used more than once), I found two examples.

If you want to watch this movie, ever, you should probably go see "Godzilla" in the theater, mainly because I don't see the point in renting it.


Other reviews for this movie:

Dwayne Gilepski
John Licona
Brendan McBride
Scott Murdock




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