Angry Joe longtime Godzilla fan reviews the latest American reboot of the legendary Kaiju, the King of All Monsters, Godzilla! Is it the film we’ve been waiting for and is it worth seeing on the big screen?
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you know for some reason i can always guess the rating Joe will give….anyways I did not get to see this Godzilla but knowing what directors do with movies these days ,(less of what you supposed to get or came to see and more drama and “real-world-human-feel or perspective”) is getting old for me, i do’t want to see the humans perspective of Godzilla the movie is not titled “humans”.Which is why i like the return of movies like Expendables (straight up action) because I want to see exactly that,action, not”we got action for 5 mins but for the rest of the movies a guy deal with divorce….
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I saw this movie and they showed more of the enemy than godzilla. I counted the time they showed Godzilla and they didn’t really show him for even half an hour. The movie’s 2 hours long. I was boored out of my mind to be honest.
my brother saw the movie and said they spent more screen time with the child character who barely spoke a line, and we barely knew about.
joe seriously you need to update with more content there are a tonnnnn of games you dident touch on what about all the kinect games one of them has to be worth it joe come on do your job
Joe I will go at a risk to buy which I think and portable be the REAL metal gear solid 5 the phantom pain (Joe if it is not the real shit then I will tell you to buy MSG 4 it is the best and you’ll find new Easter eggs, like in my 3 playthrough [it just thant that I meant plaything, gee I wounder want that so post to be] I find out that you can discise myself as a statue and when I keep doing it the statue’s pravites fall off [I was not prod of myself])
Lookin’ a little chunky there Joey.
tube needs abobe or java to watch vids i prefer joes but why can’t he transfer them =[
To the two comments below me, yeah, it is weird, if you go to Joe’s youtube page:
You can clearly see that he’s been making videos since then. He’s been doing let’s plays and stuff, and he even has a review of watchdogs. I don’t know why his own site hasn’t been updated in so long. Maybe some technical issue? Maybe his webmaster had to leave? Maybe since he’s away at E3 right now he doesn’t have time to update the website? Who knows… But for what it’s worth, he’s still making videos, they just happen to be somewhere else.
Yeah I’m bored of waiting for joe to release vids good luck to ya joe but you are no james rolfe or even jon tron.
Be happy 2 of the you tubers I watch just stop making vidoes 3 years ago. 1 of them was called The AuZZie Gamer my favorite I don’t know if he change he’s user or whatever if you know something can please tell me please if there is some you tuber that you know that sounds like him or he’s videos are like he’s please tell me!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh and Check youtube he made a watch dogs review.
YES I FINDALY MADY A COMMET THAT IS NOT LONG
joe where are you its almost been a month sense your last post !!!!
EVERYBODY!!! EVERYBODY!!! I GOT GOOD NEWS! (Unless you already know) You know that metal gear game that Joe reviewed? We’ll shockingly it is a fucking demo. And that’s the good part. “Why is it the good part? We had to pay for it remember,” Why? We’ll I will feel you why. It’s because there making the game. It’s called metal gear solid the phantom pain. And you have to rebuild your army just like msg portable ops and peace walker which nobody remember but me.
Bound by flame
I SAW THE MOVIE I AGREE!!!!!!! STUPID IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND IN 3D!!!!!!!!
although the end battle was cool (cut to Joe’s buddy) buuuuulll sshhiitt
Can you review Bound by flame
Please do a review on Beyond Two Souls, I’m new here and a first request to start
One, being new doesn’t mean squat. Two, he already has other games he talked about in his most anticipated games for 2014 that he can get around to instead of going back half a year. Three, and most importantly, he doesn’t own a PS3.
Can you do a review on bound by flame?
That’ a lot of fish.
watch dogs sucks ass glad i didnt actually pay money for it its def not optimized for pc a crap port not to mention the game is boring as hell
Im guessing that Joes going to skip bound by flame and just go on to watch dogs . Witch is badassss by the way kinda like sleeping dogs . Even though i would have realy like to have seen what Joe thoughts were on bound by flame . I beat it . It was okay ! Wolfenstine new order is realy good to . I hope he douse a review of it
pacific rim…really? i liked pacific rim, but i needed to shut down 80% of my brain to watch it.
president/UN leader/king of earth:…….
we shuting down your mech program because you succeeded 15 times but ALL MOST failed this one time…
general: so whats now?
king: we building a wall!
general: but they can break the wall…
general: sir cant we builed the wall and keep the mechs?
king: because im the FUCKING KING OF EARTH THATS WHY!!!!!
i agree that godzzila is not perfect, and if they focused on Bryan Cranston and the japanese guy( im to lazy to google his name) the film could be much better. but i guess they wanted a younger guy in the lead, so the younger audience can relate to him. even in breaking bad they had jesse. i find this film much better then pasific rim.
and im a NGE fan.
Girl: Do u even want to be with me forever?
Girl: Do u even like me?
Girl: Would u cry if i walked away?
She heard enough and was hurt… She walked away with tears in her eyes
The boy grabbed her arm
Boy: Your not pretty…your beautiful
Boy: I dont want to be with u forever…I need to be with u forever
Boy: I dont like u…I love u
Boy: I wouldn’t cry if u walked away……I would die if u walked away.
Boy Whispers: Plz stay with me
Girl: I will…
*Tonight at midnight your true love will realize she/he loves u
*Something good will happen to u at 1-4pm
*Tomorrow it could be anywhere!!!
*Get ready for the shock of your life!
*If u dont post this to 5 other comments… You will have back luck in relationships for the next 10 yearly
Hope the being a dumbass thing works out for you.
hmm… minor annoyance, or useful way to discourage hater comments?
I don’t buy into chain comments, but but I’ll pass the phony curse along to some of the Ragaholics below, some really do need to learn to cool it…
PS Sweg: DITTO! >:)
Major idiot this one is. Yup.
Is it only me, or Joe gained few extra pounds?
I was looking forward to the movie and expecting something “big” (like Pacific Rim)… after this review, I’ll keep my hopes low..
Then you’ll enjoy the movie. So good.
Hey, has anyone ever heard of “ninja” gaidon? I guest your questioning why I point quoits at ninja? We’ll unless you know, gaidon should just be called gaidon because that right there is not a ninja. That’s a rambo with a huge katana sword. Yes I being a fan boy here, but everyone is a fan boy in something. This I just find a video on YouTube saying that these ninjas that you see here, are not ninjas. 1 ninjas need to be stealth. Does gaidon do stealth? No. There like “Stealth? I never heard of stealth, but it sounds dumb so no I’m not going to do it” 2 ninjas need to be less 90kg or something like that. 3 ninjas only ONLY kills there target, but if seen by any ANYONE they will most likley will kill them. 4 ninjas never talk. 5 they use the stuff in there inventories to hide them not killing. 6 look up the game theory because there’s a bunch of shit that I didn’t say. Good night! And pray they’ll be a REAL ninja game.
Hey Joe are you going to do a review of Wolfenstein: The New Order?
That sounds interesting.
Just saw this movie today and I have to say for a movie that’s called “Godzilla” there is very little of him. That is disappointing because I watched the movie to see Godzilla and not some generic soldier character trying to get back home to his family. Hopefully in the sequel they’ll find more of a balance between the monster battles and the human drama. Despite all that I still had some fun with this movie and I probably watch it again.
Then you clearly haven’t watched much Godzilla before.
The human/monster ratio is pretty much the same as a majority of previous Toho Godzilla films, much less the first 1954 film this was meant to pay homage to – which only had about 10 to 15 minutes of actual Godzilla appearance time out of the entire 80 or 96 minute movie, depending on if you see the US or original Japanese version, while the rest is on the humans caught in his/their path(s).
If you came into it expecting “Pacific Rim 1.5: Now with Godzilla!” then it’s no wonder you’re disappointed.
Why though does this new movie need to copy or follow what the other movies did in terms of how much Godzilla they show? Cant it just decide for itself?
Pacific Rim 1.5: Now with Godzilla” would have been a better movie. Heck, Pacific Rim already is a better Gozilla movie.
The monsters look far better than anything I’ve seen so far. Including Pacific Rim, where you lose the sense of scale. They are better integrated here which creates a completely different experience. It’s not about the stupid individual characters, but about naturalizing the monsters.
i left about half way to the end. i had enbough. bad acting bad bad bad bad bad. only 2 good actors and they both got shity roles. the movie was real bad. the center of attention wsnt even godzilla it was the damn soldier and the other 2 monster i couldnt care less and forgot the names. bad.
i agree. this soldier guy was dull and uninteresting. there, i dont even know his name. and yes, i want to see godzilla fight but no, COD soldier time. especially at the airport he was fighting and all we saw was from a news report. and that it.
WTF?? how did it end? did the other just fly away or what? the fights as such were really good but they should show more.
i still like it more or less but my wife on the other hand did not. she really hated the military parts and was even more pissed that they were the main focus then gozilla. even audience let a “ooow” out when it switched back to the COD fighters.
we need bound by flame!!!!
Saw a video on totalbisckit said it was bad
You know, for a creature which creates tsunami waves, seismic tremors and casually demolishes half a block when moving, you wouldn’t expect it to go totally Sam Fisher on you and subtly sneak up behind your back. Referencing the last battle scene.
Come on people, this movie was just as dumb, deprived of common sense and rich of plot holes as Pacific Rim ever was. However unlike Pacific Rim, this movie was actually entertaining in only the last third of its length.
And let’s be honest here. People go to this movie because they want to see Godzilla fucking up stuff. If i want to watch human drama or something that would make me ponder on meaning of life or reassess my life priorities and goals, I wouldn’t be going to “Godzilla”. Come on….
Yeah. Pacific Rim was fun all the way through because it understood what it was: A god damn mecha vs kaiju movie, and delivered on that with epic fights, awesome effects and a cast of actualy likeable characters that never hijacked the plot for their own melodrama.
Here we have boring gereic soldier looking to save his boring generic lifeless sex doll, bullshit millitary stuff no one cares about, the one interesting character (the asian scientist guy) pushed to the sidelines in favour of more blandness. And the crowning achievment of stupidity: focusing almost all your movie on this other monster you just made up instead of fucking Godzilla, and when you finaly remember you need godzilla in this, you decide to be a complete cretin and try to give godzilla a motivation, make him out the hero of the story as some sort of bland monster exterminator so you set up the fight at the end. HE IS FUCKING GODZILLA! HE NEEDS NO MOTIVATION TO COME ON SCREEN AND BE A FUCKING DISTRUCTIVE FORCE OF NATURE LEVLEING A CITTY.
Oh the last fight was good, and I can respect that they wanted to build up godzilla before the carnage began, but my god the build up sucked ass, everything that was not godzilla or the asian guy sucked ass and for fucks sake: build-up is one thing, making the star of the movie, THE TITTLE FUCKING CHARACTER a non-presence for 2 thirds of your movie … that’s another thing … I believe it’s called bullshit.
You mean like JAWS? Like how the shark wasn’t on-screen for 95% of the movie, but it’s still a classic monster movie?
Or even the original Godzilla, where he’s on-screen for about 15 minutes tops?
I understand the disappointment with how they kept cutting away from the big monster fights, and how the main character was dull. Those are legit complaints. But if you came in here expecting Pacific Rim 2 or more Godzilla: Final Wars, where the last hour of the movie is non-stop monsters, then no wonder you’re disappointed.
This movie was calling back to the original, and to classic disaster movies and movies like JAWS.
The point he is making is in “Jaws” and the original “Godzilla” the buildup was well done and focused on while this one is done poorly. The focus buildup was on the drama instead of the monsters. It may have been trying to go back to the classics but it just didn’t work out.
I love watching your reviews Joe, but unfortunately you just didn’t get this movie at all. This is one of the best Godzilla movies I have ever seen and was done very effectively. You can’t just chase around Godzilla the entire time. That wouldn’t be as effective. It needs to build until the end, just like most of the older movies.. which had even more human interaction. Stop going into these movies with.. “monster” expectations. Everyone else seems to be enjoying it, why can’t you???
I think he didn’t do it justice and didn’t get the director’s intention which was different from Cloverfield, or at least on another level than that. You shouldn’t go into the movie with the expectation that every teasing is automatically Cloverfield-level and mindset. I don’t like these shallow comparisons that are constantly made nowadays whenever someone is reminded of something. It’s done much more intentionally and with a real interest for the monsters here than a mere habit.
“You just don’t get it” is about the single most lazy, overused and downright idiotic argument one can make. This movie is far from the best, and I’ve seen more than a few actual critics say as much as well.
Build up to the reveal is great. Having some human drama playing throughout the movie up to and during is great. Having a completely forgettable male lead whose role is even further along the “cardboard standin” route playing alongside an even blander love interest being a major source of drama? No. The movie is utter bland garbage up to that point because the only character that’s somewhat decent (the sole Asian ironically within the film) is an obligatory plot device to hand wave for Godzilla’s motivation.
There’s also no reason whatsoever for Godzilla to swim not just along, but in formation, with a bunch of US navy ships other than to perform the typical Michael Bay “Military Stuff F*** YEAH!” Shot.
Godzilla was pretty much a giant beast who, for example, saw Tokyo as his territory. If some other giant monster comes in, he breathes radioactive fire/lasers all up in its grill, that was about it.
You do know that this is hardly the first time Godzilla has swam alongside human ships without going after them right? He’s done it before, including Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, so please don’t try to talk like that scene was some controversial action that’s never been done before in a Godzilla film.
You also seem to miss the meaning of Godzilla, especially in the original 1954 movie that this was supposed to be large homage to.
Godzilla wasn’t so much a “monster” as he was a symbol – a metaphorical example of nuclear power (and later nature itself) coming back to bite mankind in the ass due to its arrogance in thinking they could control anything yet at the same time, despite the damage Godzilla may have caused, he comes off just as much or even more of a victim than humanity because it was by our own hands that he awoke in the first place, that he’s also just an animal simply following instinct (like he does in the 2014 one) and not some demon intentionally out to get us (unlike in Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant All-Out Monsters Attack).
Also, a majority of Godzilla movies, including movies where he fights other monsters, have put much more focus on the humans caught in the fire and the military’s attempts to stop him than Godzilla himself much less the other monsters. Any longtime fan would know that so we were able to come to the movie with a more open mind. We didn’t only get interested in kaiju because of the 1998 Godzilla, Cloverfield, or Pacific Rim, or something, look stuff up on wikipedia, and/or watch a few other more recent movies online or something, then think we knew what he’s all about.
Anyone who came to the movie expecting Pacific Rim but with Godzilla thrown in it will obviously be disappointed, but it also shows that they do not truly appreciate Godzilla at all much less know anything about him and his meaning (yet probably still call themselves “Godzilla fans”). The director even said during interviews that he was looking to recreate the feeling of the original 1954 Godzilla film and not some Pacific Rim knockoff and I would not expect the sequels to be like that either (except during the actual fights themselves, which if kept to a similar Godzilla formula, will not happen every ten to fifteen minutes).
If you call this movie “bad” or merely “average”, then you may as well be calling Godzilla’s entire career that.
uhuh. yeah you are right. Does it excuse the blandest most boring characters in history trying to get toghether in the middle of a monster attack? NOPE.
I fucking know what the director tried to do. Key word beeing TRIED. He failed. He failed to provide an engaging focus for the audience for 2 thirds of his movie before the atual godzilla showed up. I never expected this to be Pacific Rim. What I expected it was to be engaging and fun, not a fucking chore to sit through, constantly checking my watch to see how much of my life was wasted rolling my eyes at the 2 plastic dolls pretending to have drama before godzilla finaly shows up. One third of the movie that is decent does not a good movie make.
And another thing dimwit: The original movies came in the 60s. Things tend to change alot in all those years that passed. Just because something worked then doesn’t mean it works now. You offered no defence for this movie other then “the director tried to recreate the original, so we should give him a free pass”. No we should not if he failed. And maybe the original worked then but doesn’t work anymore. Maybe the original was never so complex as you say it was. I mean the symbolism was there, but at it’s core Godzilla was a kaiju movie. Not some deep and meaningfull existential meditation on man’s folly. Maybe Godzilla needs a new spin. That’s why I support remakes in theory: I want to see something new done with old ideeas. Not see them given a fresh coat of bland paint and then be asked to praise it as some sort of achievment.
Also the scene with the swimming in formation with an US fleet: let me explain to you why any self respecting godzilla fan cringes at that scene. Because unlike other times when godzilla was simply an animalistic force of nature that simply ignored those ships near him as non-threats, in this movie they spend time setting up these new monsters they made up, and how they are an uncontrolable force that whishes only to destroy, esentialy bad guys, while they use the asian guy to explain that Godzilla is actualy the exterminator for these new monsters. They essentialy made a clear good versus evil confrontation, with godzilla on the good side of things. And when the millitary moves to engage the monsters, esentialy the force of good for humanity, to see godzilla casualy swim up to them and get in formation with a fleet of battleships is cringeworthy. It BETRAYS EVERYTHING GODZILLA REPRESENTS, IT’S SAYING: “YEAH, ‘MURICA IS THE GOOD GUYS HERE AND GODZILLA IS ON OUR SIDE! FUCK YEAH!” WHICH IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT! YOU FUCKING CLAIM TO BE A GODZILLA FAN, AND YET HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH THAT SCENE THAT BASICALY RAPES EVERYTHING GODZILLA REPRESENTS? GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!
I TYPE IN ALL CAPS SO I MUST BE RIGHT. Get the fuck out of here, moron.
That is funny.
“uhuh. yeah you are right. Does it excuse the blandest most boring characters in history trying to get toghether in the middle of a monster attack? NOPE.”
Yeah, watch the previous films up through Godzilla: Final Wars (merely 10 years ago). How many of them were SO engaging and interesting? How engaging or interesting were the characters of Pacific Rim?
“I fucking know what the director tried to do. Key word beeing TRIED. He failed. He failed to provide an engaging focus for the audience for 2 thirds of his movie before the atual godzilla showed up. I never expected this to be Pacific Rim. What I expected it was to be engaging and fun, not a fucking chore to sit through, constantly checking my watch to see how much of my life was wasted rolling my eyes at the 2 plastic dolls pretending to have drama before godzilla finaly shows up. One third of the movie that is decent does not a good movie make.”
You clearly don’t know what he tried to do. You’re only saying he “failed” because he didn’t deliver a super loud, flashy, bombastic experience with constant fighting.
“And another thing dimwit: The original movies came in the 60s. Things tend to change alot in all those years that passed. Just because something worked then doesn’t mean it works now. You offered no defence for this movie other then “the director tried to recreate the original, so we should give him a free pass”. No we should not if he failed. And maybe the original worked then but doesn’t work anymore. Maybe the original was never so complex as you say it was. I mean the symbolism was there, but at it’s core Godzilla was a kaiju movie. Not some deep and meaningfull existential meditation on man’s folly. Maybe Godzilla needs a new spin. That’s why I support remakes in theory: I want to see something new done with old ideeas. Not see them given a fresh coat of bland paint and then be asked to praise it as some sort of achievment.”
Wow, you immediately resort to name-calling?
That tells everyone that you’re only did go to see this in hopes of a mindless monster bash like Pacific Rim and have no actual argument to offer.
And calling me a dimwit yet saying the first movies came out in the 60s? The original came out in 1954 and hit the US theaters in April of 1956. The first Godzilla movie to be made in the 60s was King Kong vs. Godzilla in 1962 and in the US in 63, the third movie of his career. Please learn the history properly.
“Also the scene with the swimming in formation with an US fleet: let me explain to you why any self respecting godzilla fan cringes at that scene…”
You’re clearing no self-respecting Godzilla fan nor are those other. Especially when you started talking about the original Godzilla not having any real meaning to it and it just being “a kaiju film at heart”.
“Because unlike other times when godzilla was simply an animalistic force of nature that simply ignored those ships near him as non-threats, in this movie they spend time setting up these new monsters they made up, and how they are an uncontrolable force that whishes only to destroy, esentialy bad guys, while they use the asian guy to explain that Godzilla is actualy the exterminator for these new monsters. They essentialy made a clear good versus evil confrontation, with godzilla on the good side of things.”
You clearly were not watching or listening (and even admitted as much with your, “…constantly checking my watch to see how much of my life was wasted rolling my eyes…”), giving up on the movie partway in.
The movie never said anything of the sort. The MUTO were not “evil” and “out to destroy”. They were following their own animalistic instincts which is living by feeding on radiation (much like Godzilla), mating, and spreading. Godzilla himself was also not an “exterminator” of them. He was simply an alpha predator who awoke to hunt them because they happened to appear. He wasn’t doing it to save mankind, but because it’s just what he and his species did.
“And when the millitary moves to engage the monsters, esentialy the force of good for humanity, to see godzilla casualy swim up to them and get in formation with a fleet of battleships is cringeworthy. It BETRAYS EVERYTHING GODZILLA REPRESENTS, IT’S SAYING: “YEAH, ‘MURICA IS THE GOOD GUYS HERE AND GODZILLA IS ON OUR SIDE! FUCK YEAH!” WHICH IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT! YOU FUCKING CLAIM TO BE A GODZILLA FAN, AND YET HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH THAT SCENE THAT BASICALY RAPES EVERYTHING GODZILLA REPRESENTS? GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!”
You’re just seeing what negative things you want to see.
Like I said, Godzilla swam alongside ships before. The only reason they were in “formation” was because the ships were the only ones in formation and keeping an eye on Godzilla. Godzilla was simply swimming a straightforward path to hunt down the MUTO who themselves were said to be making their way to each other.
So he didn’t suddenly go out of his way to destroy them or hide. Who cares? To Godzilla, they were probably so small that he didn’t even need to bother, much like how he didn’t go out of his way to retaliate and wipe out military forces that opened fire on him.
And yelling in all capital letters doesn’t automatically make your point correct.
First off, I’d love to congratulate you. I haven’t seen so much wasted space in a while, so good job.
I didn’t call Godzilla a “demon”. In fact, learn to read and you’d see I said exactly what you did. That Godzilla was following his instincts. In this movie, it’s hunting Mutos.
Also, when did I ever say the meaning of the films originally? What’s that? I didn’t? Good job. I was speaking specifically to this movie, and not the original. Next time you want to tell me something I’m already well aware of, try to make it something a little less… Obvious, since you seemed to miss when I said he originally breathed radiation as a weapon.
You also skipped completely where I said a build up and human drama is fine. Yet the drama in this film is bland, and so is the interaction between characters. It doesn’t have the draping of “b-list Kaiju” flick most of those had that helped make it palatable. This movie wastes time trying to convince you that you should care about Military Joe and Blond Jane, when it likely would of served better to focus on the sole Asian character.
Now. If you’d like to not waste people’s time by trying to argue against nonexistent points in other peoples statement, try to convince me that the main male lead in this IS actually interesting, that I should care about his superfluous journey to find obligatory love interest and how there isn’t a tenuous connection between them and the overreaching narrative.
I liked this movie and it flowed well. In my theatre, when Godzilla’s face was first shown on screen, the audience cheered loudly. During the Godzilla vs. other monster fights, the audience again cheered. I liked how the director took a new take on this. I’m not sure how interested I would’ve been had this movie been 60-90 minutes of monster fighting.
I was impressed that this movie focused on moving the action from Japan (where Godzilla traditionally takes place) across the ocean. I liked that I could care about the characters (even Ford and his family). I agree that the Japanese scientist should’ve gotten a bigger role and perhaps the stats/bios/names of creatures (aside from Godzilla) would’ve been interesting additions to the movie, but I’m not sure off hand what this footage should’ve replaced.
Hey Joe, that one superhero did more damage to his city than an actual giant monster XD
I’m following Joe videos for a long time, and this is the first one where it got me seriously disappointed and almost enraged. The points that Joe brings up on the new movie are valid to an extent, but this does in no way add up into a 6 rating and the kind of negative tone throughout the review. I watched the new Godzilla on premier day and I had an absolute blast… I honestly can’t see it in myself how a Godzilla fan can disapprove of this movie… and to throw it down that low as you did Joe. Today if a movie is rated 6 out of 10 that means it’s barely above average and generally not worth checking out. Really Joe? You watched this movie, seen the great atmospheric scenes, the new amazingly badass look of Godzilla, the solid acting from Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe, the CGI shots that were totally stunning, scenes like the atomic breath which is like O. M. F. G. the best ever. Then you went out of the movie and said… meh it’s an average movie.
I could have understood a very critical 7… an 8 would have been more fair and if you call yourself a fan then it’s more like a 9.
one third of the movie beeing actualy good, while the other 2 are spend with blandie mcbland and his sex doll? You do know one good thrid would mean a score of 3/10? He gave it a 6 precisly for all the reasons you mentioned. This movie is just that: above average. Not worth checking out? Nope. Even an average movie is worth checking out. Those that go bellow average are those you avoid. Above average actualy means “there is potential here, and there are some great bit, but overall the movie falls short of what it can do”. God if only you morons actualy understood criticism and could actualy move past creaming your pants when godzilla roars like good like butt-fucked fanboys. IF Joe was alone in this, I might have understood it, but he isn’t. Critical opinion on the movie is that it’s weak, it squanders some great potential, and though the ending fight is good, great even, that does not make a good movie overall.
See the problem with you butt-boys is this: You say the movie deserves and 8 or 9 based on the last third of the film. Well the first 2 thirds deserve maybe a 3 or 4. Maybe 5. In the end it averages out to a movie that is above average, but nowhere near the same galaxy as “good”, “great” or “must watch”.
This was Godzilla through & through. I grew up throughout the late 80′s-90′s where the Godzilla movies were such a big thing and I saw a majority of them then ( all of them now) and I can say that I was transported back to my younger days, with a big grin on my face with this movie. The cinematography and Soundtrack.. MMMMMM, how have people disregarded these two key components? I was fully immersed and into the story/world of this film. I think people are too impatient and have to have action films be non-stop trains, without development, suspense and build-up.
I loved Pacific Rim, but it’s different movie, if that’s what you’re looking for, you did not grow up watching the same Godzilla movies. This is a love letter for those of us and a possible start for new fans. The formula is exactly the same as all of the Toho Godzilla films, Godzilla has NEVER been the key focal point of the films, shocking to think beyond the title, it isn’t solely about epic clashes of Monsters ( PAcific Rim is that way, for that kind of movie). It’s always been a balance of (random numbers) 80% of the human interactions, stories and characters, with the remaining 20% of Godzilla peppered throughout the 1st & 2nd acts with a final fight in the 3rd act. I think you need to re-watch some of the older films Joe… there are moments where Godzilla is sleeping, swimming and even strolling around with his Son. Moments where he’s making his way to a city/ Monster to fight and ALWAYS they cut to the humans and the army.
Sorry Joe, I know you may have not liked it, but your reasons claiming it’s a disappointment to the franchise is so misguided and flawed. Look at the 1998…where Godzilla is thrown around nearly every other scene rampaging through the city and look how that turned out. Pacing out the appearance/reveal of Godzilla is such an underrated tactic to get us to want more, to have his actual big screen time more memorable. It’s what Toho has mostly done with their films and Gareth was completely faithful to that. Were there a few “blue-ball” moments…yeah but to completely disregard and tote the film as such a failure….is asinine.
Sadly, I’m guessing many of the naysayers of this Godzilla film will probably think The Expendables III or Transformers: Extinction are some of the most awesome movies ever.
I’m also guessing it’s due to how much of the generation has become since the new millennium. People want everything louder and flashier as much as possible as quickly as possible. They don’t truly appreciate actual build-up to that action and the impact it can have. Sometimes less is more.
*slaps himself in the forehead*. WHAT DOES GODZILLA DO IN THIS BEYOND HIS LAST FIGHT? HE … SITS AROUND DOING BUTT ALL WHILE THE FOCUS IS ON COMPLETLY DIFFERENT MONSTERS OR THE BLANDEST MOST UNINTERESTING CHARACTER DRIVEN ROMANCE EVER PUT TO FILM SINCE EDWARD AND BELLA!
IF THERE WAS ANY SORT OF DRAMA OR ACTUALY FUN CHARACTERS IN THIS TO SPEND TIME BUILDING UP GODZILLA AND IF THEY DIDN’T FUCKING INVENT NEW EVIL MONSTERS SO THEY MAKE GODZILLA A GOOD GUY AND HAVE HIM SWIN IN FORMATION WITH A FUCKING US FLEET THEN I WOULD BE DEFENDING THIS MOVIE TILL MY LAST BREATH. As it is though it’s just an above average godzilla flick. Is there anything wrong with just an above average flick? Not really, jsut that those who amde it need to try harder. But you butthurt fanboys are like the COD or GTA fanboys: “Oh it didn’t get a 10/10? The reviewer obviously has no ideea what he is saying/doesn’t understand the genius displayed here/doesn’t get the source material/isn’t a fan-buttboy like me/secretly hates this/didn’t get the true meaning and intention of the movie/bla bla bla bla bla I can’t accept that this thing I like is not perfect”. Grow the fuck up.
ALL CAPS EQUALS I WIN. Try using a rational argument, you fucking idiot.
And what would you expect to happen in the meantime? Having Godzilla talk and express his life story to the audience while purposely destroying cities?
And no, it’s not because it wasn’t a 10/10 that people are criticizing Joe or other reviewers for this. Even us (long time) fans don’t give it a 10/10, but it’s because we also have watched other reviews done by him or others and he was able to praise subtlety and build-up in someone like Man of Steel (which I agree more with Doug Walker’s, the Nostalgia Critic’s, review of it in that it wasn’t THAT great) and even liked Pacific Rim (and that’s about as loud, flashy, mindless fun you can get with a kaiju movie), yet seems to do little here but point out negatives.
Personally, I still like some of the older movies more than the 2014 one (I’d give it a 7 or 8/10 at most, but not 10/10, but certainly not 6/10), but it’s hardly “meh” either to me.
Are you high? 6/10 is above average. But hey I was bored throughout the movie even the godzilla fight scene bored me since I just got through transformer a week earlier. So in the end Boring/really stupid story + fight scenes that are even worst than transformers.
Calm your tits.
Oh now I got a game that you have to review. The walking dead season 2 the game (you showed play the first one tho because it has the something as mass effect).
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WOW! If I could creat this movie in my own words we’ll I what to fuckin kill ho made this and don’t care that I die or the sequal is not what I Thant it was been because I heard it was fucking perfect and my friends ho gave me the details of Godzilla 2014 who said it was awesome (but not fucking perfect#lol)numbers2837477382918337738362727737399183002.
Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh! Godzilla! I didiN’t watch it. Because I was sick. Like I’m sick today (I just got very very very hot right now is that so ething?).
Sorry every time I’m sick my nalige decries a lot, and I mean a lot
What was I saying?
I all ready rented bound by flame and beat it . But i would love to see Joes thoughts on it .
Haha good review and it’s why I’m gonna wait for dvd release for this….hmmm it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen that godzilla final wars or whatever, I think I’m gonna go watch that! I also need to get a game with godzilla in it, I admit I have never played one.
Fair review though I would have been much harsher since you paid good money to see a movie about Godzilla when it’s not about him at all.
The fact that none of the monsters are your classic iconic ones just with better effects is another reason not to spend money to see it at the movie.
Good luck TRYING to find a cheap priced Godzilla game.
So….Subtlety, Suspense and Scale is lost on you, isn’t it Joe? So blinded. you were able to read into something like Man of Steel but go “ARRRGH THIS IS BOORRRRING!” for THIS!?!? You read SO much Into…MAN..OF..STEEL…JOE…Angry Joe Vargas..You Read INTO Man Of Steel which people felt is a shift from Superman’s stance in the original flicks…You stood up for it and defended it saying it was subtle and showed purpose, consequence and reaction to the idea of a Super being coming to Earth’s public eye…BUT then HERE comes Godzilla doing the same thing, and you go “STOP! NO! You don’t get to be Deep and Subtle! Go Back to being Loud, Obnoxious and FUN! XP Go Back to be NOTHING but Monster Fights!!”
……what the @#$% Joe?
Wheres bound by flame review
I know were is the damn review ?
What’s bound of flames? I will look it up so I don’t sound dumb.
Hey I’m sorry but it sucks but I just saw a little part of the game so maybe not.
Wow. I honestly didn’t think you would view it this way Joe. I think this is the first review you’ve done that I completely disagree with. Not saying your opinion is wrong, it’s just that the reason I have always loved your reviews is that you do a great job of telling the bad AND the good side of things, even if you don’t like them. This was almost completely negative and you paint several of the positives in a negative light. As a Godzilla fan from age 6 and on (I’m 29 now) I actually put this one in my top 5 Godzilla films of all time (at #5). The build up was excellent, there was still plenty of action (which looked fantastic), the actors all did a fine job (with Cranston being the standout), the pacing was almost perfect and the ending was incredibly satisfying. This was never supposed to be some crazy, zany or mindless action film and the trailers/teasers never once made it out to be. I really enjoyed Pacific Rim for what it was, but this is not Pacific Rim. This was never meant to be taken as though it was Pacific Rim. From the very beginning Gareth Edwards set out to make a modern Gojira (1954). And while it isn’t as good as the original, it does a damn good job trying to get to that level.
It’s clear to me that Joe hasn’t watched, or at least doesn’t understand/appreciate, the original 1954 Gojira. That’s what this movie was based on/emulating. It wasn’t trying to be Pacific Rim with Godzilla. It never was. And that’s a good thing.
The 1954 original wasn’t about monster fights or action and stuff. It was about the human reaction to such a catastrophic event. Gojira was a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and it the movie treated the monster like a real tragedy. A force of death and destruction. But, the majority of the movie wasn’t spent on the monster, but on the people who are trying to find a way to stop it and the dilemmas they go through. It was dark, atmospheric, and deep.
Which is what this movie does as well. It’s all about how Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, and the military react and try to stop the monster(s), rather than just focusing on the monsters themselves. And they do a great job, too. If Bryan Cranston doesn’t receive an award for his performance in this movie, I’ll be disappointed.
But was he underused? No. Think about it. He was an engineer at a nuclear power plant, lost his wife because the power plant collapsed, and believes that it wasn’t a natural disaster, so he spends the next 15 years of his life trying to find out what truly happened. And he does find out, and dies shortly afterwards. But if he hadn’t died, what would he do? He spent the last 15 years of his life trying to discover the truth, and what happens after that? Does he just stand around and shout some more for no reason? Instead, he accomplished his goal, and died knowing the truth.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s performance is rather stoic, of course. But he serves as our eyes for the movie, as we follow his journey most of the film. Were this a video game, he’d be the player character. Mostly emotionless, having few lines, and serving as a vehicle through which the player can experience and observe the story. There have been worse people to fill this role before (Godzilla’s Revenge), and Taylor-Johnson fills this role adequately.
But what about Godzilla? Why’s there so little Godzilla in the movie? Same reason as above: the 1954 original. There wasn’t too much Godzilla in that, either, and like I said, it was more about the people. This film is a remake of the original, not a sequel or something. It’s treated as a real event, like what would really happen if three giant monsters suddenly appeared and caused destruction.
It’s a smart film that has something few movies have nowadays: pacing. The suspense and tension builds up very mathematically throughout the movie before the overly satisfying payoff at the end. Joe said it wasn’t satisfying, but I beg to differ. I went to the early 7 PM showing on Thursday night, and there were several occasions where people in the theater were shouting and applauding at the end. You just have to be a Godzilla fan at heart to truly appreciate everything this movie does.
I couldn’t finish watching Joe’s review because it was clear he doesn’t truly understand or appreciate the original film or this remake. I’m not sure that he’s really watched too much of the other films, either, unless he fast-forwards to the fighting and skips everything else.
A 6/10 is a wholly unreasonable judgment of the film. For me, it was a 9.0-9.5/10. It was brilliant from start to finish. I had a few minor nitpicks, like how, in the scene where all the schoolbuses were on the bridge, the traffic was stopped for no reason, when we see clearly that they could have been moving forward. Also, at the end, when the nuke is on the boat, and the soldiers are shooting the MUTO, they’re all clumped together and don’t dodge anything, rather than being spread out and smart. But again, those are minor issues.
I’m disappointed that Joe was this shallow with the film. I thought that, since he understands and appreciates Man of Steel in a similar way, he’d be the same to this movie. But I was mistaken.
As a Godzilla fan with Godzilla in his blood, I urge you to trust the IGN review and Matt from Two Best Friends Play’s review over Joe’s. These show a deeper understanding of the film and franchise as a whole.
I’m actually going to tep to read all of this. Wish me luck.
His a die hard fan is he? If so bed time story is over.
Bed time is over and have a fucking merry something (I forgot how to spell it) oh. It’s May. Nothing good (I don’t know what I was thinking there?).We’ll fuck my life because nothing goods is in this cake. But if you like nukes, bombs, and acid then this is the cake for you.
Joe isn’t the only that is unhappy with the movie,
Overall, it seems Godzilla is a side character in his own film. Compared to the 1954 version, where he is the main driver of events with the film dealing with the consequences of his rampage.
You mean the 54 version where he has roughly half an hour of screen time total? Pfft what a sideshow!
I fear for the sequel. It’s going to be 120 minutes of nonstop monster fights to appease the ADD crowd, who will be utterly bored of said monster fights 20 minutes in and wonder when any semblance of a plot will get going. Only it won’t. Then the actual climax of the film will arrive to mass boredom because the monsters have been on screen already for three quarters of the movie. No tension, no awe left to witness.
Well said! Excellent points and reasoning as to why. It’s a shame that the majority of people are having this film go completely over their heads……generation of movies where pacing, suspense and build-up are completely lost on the general public :/
I also grew up with Godzilla ever since I was merely four years old back in 1990 when I just stumbled across Godzilla, King of the Monsters when watching TV at 6 PM (and on the Disney Channel no less, back when such kids channels were actually good, lol). Considering my age, you’d think I would’ve just fallen asleep because it’s, like the 2014 film, so “boring”, “too much focus on humans”, and “not enough Godzilla”, but I didn’t. I was hooked from start to finish, largely because of the atmosphere (being in black and white also helps give a dark, dreary atmosphere for such a movie) and the build-up to Godzilla’s actual full-size appearance and rampage.
Since then, I’ve always looked through the movie guide at the back of the weekly TV Guide to find any Godzilla movies being shown and when as well as on the lookout for any Godzilla video games I could get my hands on. (Sadly not many. I did get a Godzilla game for the NES and Super Godzilla for SNES. Of course, also did get Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee and Godzilla: Save the Earth and other more recent ones, lol)
As I grew older and smarter, I also started looking for books at stores and libraries that talked about Godzilla, which is where I saw more in-depth about the message Godzilla is meant to sent, and then internet became big and I read up on him and other monsters there while one of my friends had a friend of his own who was able to get subbed versions of the 90′s Heisei era movies which we watched together a lot. (It’s also how Spacegodzilla became one of my favorite monsters of all much less one of my favorite Godzilla adversaries.)
Even today, I still go back and watch the old movies, including Gojira/Godzilla, King of the Monsters, so I can safely say that the 2014 film does Godzilla more than justice. The naysayers are people who either greatly overestimate their fandom of Godzilla or only saw and liked Pacific Rim and watched the 2014 film with the expectation of getting “Pacific Rim 1.5: Now with Godzilla!” and never got it.
Godzilla is not the focus of this, unlike the original where it’s his rampage that is the focus of the movie. Here the focus are the new what-ever-the-fucks they made up for this and godzilla basicaly serves as plot device to get rid of those new baddies.
Godzilla here is protrayed as some sort of protector of the earth from said new monsters, where as in the original he was a metaphor for the consequences of human folly.
The original 60s movie had better human drama than bland borefest 2014.
I loved and wathced all those godzilla flicks since they basicaly first came out beyond japan. I love godzilla. I apreciate what they were trying to do in this movie. But that doesn’t stop me from saying they failed by making the human characters too bland, godzilla be an afterthough in his own movie (as well as the fucking retarded ‘MURICA, FUCK YEAH! scene of him swiming with the carriers, and basicaly missing the mark completly on what godzilla was ment to represent and wasting 2 thirds of the screne time trying to build up drama, but failing because of bland underdeveloped characters and generic acting (watanabe and cranston excluded, but they both are secondary characters at best).
Oh and: “the reviewer doesn;t understand what he is reviewing” is the cheapest lazzyest most butthurt fanboyish excuse to dismiss valid criticism that ever existed. That is what kills your entire wall of text. Did you go to film school? Do you watch movies and play games for a living? Does your life depend on understanding and offering critique about the creations of others? No? Then sorry buddy but Joe understands how movies work better than you because it’s his job.
Like I said I’m a big Godzilla fan. I’m also a film student and saw this with my class and our screenwriting teachers, after we watched the original so everyone had a point of reference (incidently they got the original from me). And you want to know what the conclusion was? “Above average for a summer monster movie, tries to be something smarter and tries to have decent pacing and build-up. Is let down by poor execution of characters, drama and story focus”.
Now come with somethig less lazy and fanboyish like than “Joe doesn;t get it”, you and all other butthurt fanboys out there, or go join up the COD and GTA crounds and start raging and threathing violence unless your obsesion gets a 10/10.
Godzilla’s actual rampage doesn’t happen until during the last act of the movie, and even that only lasts around 10 to 15 minutes at best and this is out of a 96 minute movie where the rest is spent on humans and their fear of such a creature merely existing and the reactions to the destruction, so it’s far from the focus of the film. It’s only your own focus of the film, in which case, you also miss the point of the movie entirely.
And no, again, Godzilla is no hero nor is the MUTO a “bad guy”. Both forces were entirely neutral to humanity as a whole as animals would normally be and only were following their animalistic instincts. You’re oversimplifying things with the whole “good” and “evil” stuff. This isn’t the 60/70s Godzilla movies where he was turned into a lighthearted hero for the younger audiences. Now if Godzilla and/or the MUTO were somehow panicked then yes, they could go on a mindless rampage for their own survival, but would you seriously expect any of them be panicked by mere humans?
And you keep reading way too much into the whole ship formation thing too. You’re acting like the military and Godzilla must’ve been secretly communicating to perform the whole thing for cameras. They weren’t. Godzilla was simply swimming in a path, following the one MUTO and the ships were simply sailing in a formation around him to keep an eye on him because their expectations for their plan was to take out Godzilla along with the MUTO so if Godzilla were to alter his course for whatever reason, they’d be able to spot it immediately and radio it to command.
And besides- Godzilla kinda’ inadvertently wrecked their ships once he got to the west coast.
I totally agree with all your points Joe, I was so disappointed by this movie and I’m glad you felt the same way, I just can’t get over how bad this was