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American Godzilla (1998), starring Matthew Broderick

Godzilla (1998) starring Matthew Broderick

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movie review of  Godzilla  (1998) starring Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick stars in  Godzilla (1998), which was originally supposed to be the first of a trilogy of films.   However,  film critics were merciless in their criticism of the film. And the American movie public didn’t disagree.   The movie cost 130 million dollars to produce and promote. It made 138 million in its’ U.S.A. release. Not a flop, but not a large success, either.   So what, if anything, is wrong with the film?

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Iconic image of Gojira eating traing

Gorjia, aka Godzilla

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Gojira (1954) starring  Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata

Synopsis of Gojira

The ocean’s surface begins to boil white-hot. A Japanese freighter vanishes into the Pacific. And the superstitious villagers of Odo Island fear an ancient legend has come true …. The legend of Gojira! Awakened from an eons-long sleep by an atomic bomb explosion. The behemoth turns Tokyo into a wasteland of atomic fire and rubble.  Who, or what, can stop it?

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Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah in Giant Monsters All Out Attack

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah

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Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack  (2001)

Synopsis of  Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

Godzilla has returned, for the first time since 1954.  Admiral Taizô Tachibana remembers first-hand his first attack, and tries to prepare the Japan Self-Defense Force for his return. Meanwhile, his daughter tries to capture the monster’s rampage on video as a reporter. However, Godzilla is more vicious than ever.  Only the legendary Guardian Monsters (Mothra, Baragon and King Ghidora) stand between him and the destruction of Japan …  They, and a few brave human beings.

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Godzilla 2000 (1999)

Godzilla 2000

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Godzilla 2000 (1999)

In a very real sense,  Godzilla 2000  is the movie that the American  Godzilla movie (starring Matthew Broderick) should have been.   The movie begins with a semi-independent researcher taking a reporter (along with his young daughter) to a  potential Godzilla sighting. Where they get more than they bargained for. They soon see Godzilla face to face, giving them (and the audience) an  appreciation for just how truly large, and imposing, Godzilla is compared to relatively puny human beings.   The reporter panics and takes several flash photographs of Godzilla. These annoy him and he pursues them through the small tunnel that they’re driving through …. With his massive feet breaking through the ground shortly behind him.

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Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla

Godzilla Vs. Space Godzilla

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Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994)

Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla is a campy Godzilla movie, in the style of “two guys in rubber suits pretending that they’re in the WWE”.  I enjoyed it, but that’s the kind of monster movie that I grew up with; if you are in the mood for a more serious movie, I’d suggest  Godzilla 2000,  Godzilla vs. DestoroyahGodzilla Final Wars, or the original Godzilla.   This isn’t that kind of movie–it’s the kind of mindless enjoyment that’s perfect for a rainy, or snowy, Saturday afternoon with a tub of popcorn and your children.

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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is an old-school Godzilla movie …. And I mean that in the best way possible.   It’s not a social commentary or serious film like the original  Godzilla movie.  It’s  the best kind of two monster face-off Godzilla movie that I grew up watching.   Godzilla is portrayed here as a destructive force of nature.  One that has caused incalculable destruction and loss of life to the people in Japan.   In fact, two of the main characters are very strong women, one younger and one older.  Both of them have lost people close to them during Godzilla’s rampages.   Accordingly, the Japanese government has undertaken a  high-tech project, to get rid of Godzilla once and for all.  Dimension Tide, an attempt at creating a controlled, minute black hole to imprison Godzilla inside forever.

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