D: Ronald Emmerich
Columbia Tristar/Centropolis/Fried (Dean Devlin)
USA 🇺🇸 1998
W: Roland Emmerich & Dean Devlin
DP: Ueli Steiger
Ed: Peter Amundson & David J. Siegel
Mus: David Arnold
Matthew Broderick (Dr. Niko Tatopolous), Jean Reno (Philippe Roche), Hank Azaria (Victor Palotti), Maria Pitillo (Audrey Timmonds), Kevin Dunn (Col. Anthony Hicks), Michael Lerner (Mayor Ebert)
"Size does matter" according to the movie's tagline, so director Roland Emmerich brings as much havoc as possible to New York City when the gargantuan lizard Godzilla journeys to American shores from the Pacific (surely Los Angeles would be a more likely landing spot).
Full of all the usual cliches, hackneyed dialogue and stereotypic characters, Godzilla becomes a Jurassic Park clone when little baby Godzillas invade Madison Square Garden.
None of the performances make you pray for a human victory, while Maria Pitillo seems to think she's acting in a TV sitcom.
Size may not matter, but a decent story does.
D: Gareth Edwards
Warner Bros/Legendary (Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent & Brian Rogers)
USA/Japan 🇺🇸 🇯🇵 2014
W: Max Borenstein [based on characters created by Toho]
DP: Seamus McGarvey
Ed: Bob Ducsay
Mus: Alexandre Desplat
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ford Brody), Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa), Elizabeth Olsen (Elle Brody), Juliette Binoche (Sandra Brody), Sally Hawkins (Dr. Vivienne Graham), Bryan Cranston (Joe Brody)
This 2014 remake of the Japanese monster classic returns to it's roots (kind of) in showing Godzilla's Oriental origins following pacific nuclear testing in the 1950's and has the opening scenes set in Japan. This won't do for the interest of American audiences and so the action moves swiftly along to the west coast of America where giant prehistoric bugs are tearing San Francisco a new one. Godzilla finally pops up around halfway through the movie and saves America because their military forces are clearly inept at doing so.
Despite some impressive special effects, this film is a gargantuan mess, throwing a load of scenes together without any cohesion in the story and amassing a wealth of talented actors only to throw most of them away after a couple of scenes without developing any characters or making them integral to the plot.
As for making Godzilla the good guy? What the hell??? The 1998 version was pretty poor, but at least it was fun!