‘Godzilla': First Audience Reactions Promise a Slow Reveal

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:43 am,

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Last summer Legendary Pictures sent enormous monsters on a rampage across the planet in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and now Earth is in line for another serious stomping as Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot rears its head and crashes into theaters this month.

Godzilla looks more like an apocalypse movie than a monster movie, and despite the enormous mutated lizard towering over the story it also seems to have quite a human heart. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson play a father and son whose lives were torn apart during a so-called “natural disaster” fifteen years previously, and as Godzilla goes on a rampage that no amount of media spin can disguise, the two characters find themselves caught up in a mission to stop a creature that can withstand nuclear blasts.

Most of the trailers and teases for Godzilla so far have been very coy about showing the monster in full, though that might be something to do with the fact that it’s hard to get all of him onscreen at once. Early screenings of the movie have now begun, however, and it appears that the movie itself takes a long time to get to the full reveal. In fact, Godzilla himself doesn’t actually get a huge amount of screen time. Reactions to this have been mixed.

While Godzilla not being seen much might sound a bit disappointing, there is such a thing as overkill and revealing the creature in increments is probably going to be a lot better for suspense than having him storm out in full glory within the first five minutes. Based on the other reactions to the movie – which have been overwhelmingly positive – it looks like Edwards’ approach works.

Reviewers are still under embargo, which is why most of the Godzilla reactions are quite reserved and some after-screening tweets (like MikeReactor’s comments that it “surpasses all expectations” and “everyone cheered and clapped throughout the entire film“) have since been deleted. However, one anonymous poster on avpgalaxy.net, who offered some blurry photos from the theater and three “spoilers” as proof of having attended an early screening, gave a very enthusiastic review. Here’s the spoiler-free version.

“This film was f**king monumentally awesome! I wanted to write a bad review just to piss off Aspie but I can’t. First things first the serious tone of this movie works incredibly well. It’s not so serious that you can’t have fun, the fun is all with GODZILLA. They nailed his character. He’s intelligent, badass and above all scary. He’s terrifying and yet you’re on his side to kick the MUTOs arse. He’s massive, and his ridiculous size is totally believable: every step, every roar, every movement carries so much weight. His roar is sooo loud, I was watching this in a screen with a Dolby sound system and it shook the room, literally. if this doesn’t win an Oscar for sound design I’ll be surprised! It was like the first time you heard Jurassic Park. I could cream more over how amazingly well they nailed the G but I think that sums it up. They nailed Godzilla.”

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If this response isn’t much of a surprise then it’s at least everything fans were hoping for. With so many excellent trailers and a great cast of humans, hype for Godzilla has been growing steadily with each new glimpse of the movie. Not everyone has been so kind, however; THR notes that some Japanese fans have been gently poking fun at Godzilla for his physique.

He’s an American fatty,” one fan posted after the Japanese trailer and images were released. “He got fat in America on cola and pizza,” tweeted another. Such comments have been cropping up a lot, with Godzilla referred to as “chubby and cute,” “couch potato Godzilla,” “Supersized,” “Marshmallow-Godzilla,” and weighed down with “middle-age spread.” One commenter pointed out that he didn’t seem to have much of a neck, while another said, “It looks like a seal.”

It’s worse than high school. Poor Godzilla.


Godzilla is out in theaters on May 16, 2014.

Source: CBM, THR

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  1. The Japanese won’t be happy unless it’s a guy in a suit resembling the cookie monster.

    • Touche my good man, touche.

    • Do you even watch Godzilla movies? The suits got better.

      • No they didn’t. They got worse.

  2. Well the Wicked Witch of the West only had a few minutes of screen time in the Wizard of OZ, and John Huston likewise only had several minutes of screen time in Chinatown. Both are two of the most legendary movie villains.

    Godzilla will be like Marlon Brando in Apocalypse, Now. He’ll be the center of the movie, and we’ll get some murky glimpse of him early on then he’ll be the star of the final act.

    • But the thing is, Godzilla is NOT a villain in this movie. Quite the opposite, he is THE hero and this is HIS movie, so he ought to have more screen time than just showing up in the last ten minutes. On that note, the reason you don’t see the wicked witch much in the Wizard of Oz is because that movie was about Dorothy, not the wicked witch. There is a show in which the wicked witch is featured prominently and that show is called “Wicked”. And guess who the lead in that show was?

  3. He looks, moves, and roars just like a Grizzly Bear. That’s works for me because bears are tough and “friendly” looking. I’m hoping Godzilla is a good guy and we root for him.

  4. As the proud owner of every Godzilla film on video, I can politely remind the Japanese that Godzilla *is* fat. He’s always been fat. Being chubby is as much a Godzilla staple as his roar, his fire breath or a nonsensical plot. Jeez.

  5. Tell me, why is Jaws, Jurassic Park and Aliens so iconic and is considered the best monster films? Why aren’t films like Battleship, Pacific Rim, Transformers and the 1998 Godzilla classified as “great movies”? Hmmmmm. Edwards concept of building suspense is LEGIT and has worked well in many movies. You all are bitching about the movie, even though you haven’t actually seen it yet. The people who have already seen, just expressed their own opinion on the matter. Some guy might find that not enough Godzilla was shown while you might say it was perfect and that there was plenty of showing. Don’t take these early reviews to heart and go watch the movies to decide for yourself. If you want to see Godzilla for like 2 hours, smashing buildings and fighting other monsters, than you are not but a popcorn flick type of person who only goes see a film for the CGI effects. And to all G fans, I am guessing you lot are like adults now right? Since Godzilla is so old, then why are you all bitching about this? The original Godzilla showed only 17 minutes of the monster, but it’s presence was still in the film throughout. This film is designed to be mature and be DIFFERENT than all those crap monster/alien films that ONLY rely on CGI effects.

  6. These little reviews make me happy. :)
    I cannot wait for this to come out for me to see!

    I don’t understand how hard it was for those other guys making a Godzilla movie. How did they make it suck so bad?

    I hope this one pans out really well.

  7. Note to the editor… Why are you including multiple sexually explicit reactions from movie goers (“Doesn’t blow his load on first Godzilla shot.”; “I could cream more over how amazingly well they nailed the G but I think that sums it up.”) front and center in a story that is so easily accessible to kids of all ages?

  8. I really do not understand this whole, “Godzilla doesn’t get much screen time” stuff. I just marathoned through all 28 Godzilla movies and he gets an average of 20-30 minutes of screentime per movie, if that. The majority of every movie in the series is mostly about the human characters, so this should neither be a surprise or a concern.

  9. If you watch the original 1954 version of “Godzilla”, he was also a slow reveal. Roland Emmerich’s travesty also made him a slow reveal. Jurassic Park was this way too…

  10. Great Special effects did little to make this movie interesting. Godzilla and monsters had little screen time and most of it was obscured in fog or darknes. Was disappointed. Haphazard attempt at character relationships. This should hit DVD or Netflix soon. Wait for it then.

  11. OK, the limited showing of Godzilla added to the suspense of the trailer. And what is the “haphazard attempts” at relationships? It’s pretty obvious: Ford’s wife, Sandra, dies at a nuclear plant, and he ends up having to tell his son. I won’t be surprised if this is one of the top movies of the year.

  12. u all people are saying its a awesome ,,good bla bla movie, are stupid. this godzilla was a s*** its a s*** and will be a s*** till a next movies s*** will release by a some director xxx… how people can go and pay o see this poor quality movie godzilla,,its a FAT godzilla.. its ugly tipicaly with red eyes.. blue fire.. and fly monsters and the always sound ..were the fuk came those sound always the same sound in aliens and monsters sound..wtf is wrong with u all saying its a must see legendary.. u all suck .please go see a real movie a good movie..not a intel xp game workers effects movie..omg even the last godzilla was even better.. in this movie were 2 helicopters ,10 soldiers. 2 generals , 2 kids, 2 womens ,1 actor 2or 3 wrrecked cars.. was dark cant even see well the monnstruousity , some fire .. and 1 nuclear rocket wich they not even fired…people u are all dumb including all who participate in the movie. fuk u all with ur movie. have a nice day