6 Flaws To Correct For The Godzilla Sequels


Let’s get one thing straight – Gareth Edwards’ version of Godzilla is far from a bad movie. It’s actually a wholly worthwhile one that captures the essence of what a Godzilla film should be, unlike a certain piece of garbage from 1998. The destruction is off the charts as areas of Japan, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and San Francisco are all completely leveled; with the chaos elegantly shot from street-level camera-work that really puts into perspective just how large these creatures are and just how much damage they are inflicting. If you’re paying to see giant monsters smash our world into oblivion, then your ticket purchase will be justified.

That does not mean that Godzilla is a film devoid of any criticism, though, as it actually has its own fair share of flaws. Admittedly, they are nowhere near as deal-breaking as what we saw in the 1998 version, but they’re still a disheartening aspect of the film considering that a lot of the issues came across as things that would be common sense to avoid.

Perhaps what’s most surprising is that all of the trailers for Godzilla seemed intentionally crafted to make a point that this film wouldn’t fall into the traps of other efforts before it where the central characters are giant creatures who only serve one purpose – worldwide destruction. Whether it be a misleading trailer or a movie that failed to live up to the promising levels of hype, it doesn’t change the fact that Godzilla would have been a more entertaining film if these following issues were addressed more closely during production.

So, on that note, here are 6 flaws that Warner Bros. should seriously look into correcting for the upcoming sequels.

Of course, spoilers will follow.

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  1. The Stranger Strangersays:

    Well, I understand where you’re coming from. It’s a great movie, but far from being the greatest thing ever. Though, to be honest, I feel that all of these faults weren’t really due to Gareth’s directing or the actual content, but the way the producers and script writers conveyed it. The content is fine, but it wasn’t fully realized like it should’ve.

  2. KoldWarKid62says:

    Couldn’t agree more on basically all of your points. You totally hit the nail on the head. It was a movie I wanted and expected to love, but just couldn’t, and I’m a lifelong Godzilla fan. I liked it, but left with a seriously empty feeling, and kind of pissed off. I looked at this, especially given the ’98 version, as yet another missed opportunity. They did a lot of things right, but didn’t quite nail it. The cut aways, of which there were at least three, were maddening to me. I had no problem waiting to see the star of the show, but then to constantly tease cool shit that was about to go down did not leave me wanting more; it simply angered me. It blows my mind that between two American attempts costing almost $300 million, they still haven’t gotten it quite right! It’s also amazing how many writers had their hands in this, and the script was still, meh. I know at the end of the day, it’s just a monster movie, but it could have been a very good to excellent monster movie, and imho it wasn’t. I’m hoping that there are more, but they need to take the criticisms to heart, and fix those things. Please, no more restraint! We don’t need restraint in a Godzilla movie!

  3. thefinalwordsays:

    I was completely impressed with Godzilla. The Godzilla, not the film. The film was okay. I decided it was sort of boring, yet the film still established a sense of dread, to some extent anyhow. I kept wondering what would happen next. As I was watching it I had the thought, this kind of reminds me of The Dark Knight, you know, except it’s like Batman and Joker aren’t even in the film. It’s realistic, but kind of like the stars decided not to show up. Every single time Godzilla was on screen and doing interesting things I immediately looked forward to every single moment of it, except somehow every single time, just as it was getting interesting, the camera suddenly had to be somewhere else. Again and again I ended up thinking I wanted to see more of that scene! Are we going back to it? Turned out the answer was no every time.

    I don’t have a problem that M.U.T.O. got more screen time than Godzilla. Frankly they were the more serious threat, A openly destructive kaiju lifeform breeding like crazy and spreading across the globe? Yeah. It had to be dealt with, and stopped immediately. All of the other points in this article I pretty much can agree with to a point. I do think that the film managed to be exactly what it intended to be, and that’s actually good enough for my approval.

    Theres a handful of books from two different authors I read since while growing up, I was a fan of Godzilla. There’s some children’s books by Scott Ciensen, 4 if i remember right that had a large roster of kaiju and multiple fights. The more adult and more entertaining reads were by Marc Ceracini. These were dark and serious, definitely amazing, and it’s kind of funny, the artwork depiction of Godzilla on the covers looks a lot like the one from the new movie, even though they predated it by over a decade. The tone of those books were realistic and scary. The scriptwriters could definitely pull a cue or two from those books for the upcoming movies. The first of his books actually reminds me of the Godzilla film, and while it’s not the most entertaining book, it does establish the origin. His second book, Godzilla 2000, was completely amazing, also has no absolutely no relation to the film of the same name, just in case someone might make the comparison.

    There are some people out there who compared Godzilla to Pacific Rim. Pacific Rim was all about monster fights and amazing visuals. It was campy and not exactly the classiest movie. Godzilla had much more realism and less fighting. The movies are completely different, but I think the perfect film would be a mix somewhere between the two. Monster fights are just fun. I am hoping the sequel to Godzilla has more of them, but doesn’t completely abandon it’s storytelling. I’m glad the movie did well enough to announce the sequel just after opening weekend. I’m already hoping it’s going to be awesome. As Ken Watanabe said, “Let them fight.”

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