Genre : Action/SF
Land : USA
Matthew Broderick : Niko Tatopolous
Maria Pitillo : Audrey Timmonds
Jean Reno : Philippe Roaché
Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown
creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientist
Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly
arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been
created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing at
Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city.
"The radiation isn't an anomaly, it's the clue."
Because of the new release of Godzilla this
year, and I’m looking forward to that, I watched this old blockbuster of 1998
once again. Well, it's obviously an old movie in terms of CGI and the acting is
sometimes hugely annoying and childish. Compared to the new movie this year it
really looks miserable sometimes . On the other hand, I can still remember the
original Godzilla movies I saw when I was young
in an old movie theater on a Sunday afternoon . There always was some
Bruce Lee movie programmed in conjunction with a Japanese Godzilla (vs. King
Kong ) or a Bud Spencer/Terence Hill
movie . The Japanese Godzilla was hilarious . It looked like a plastic figure
between cardboard boxes with some terribly bad special effects . By comparison,
this Godzilla is state-of-the-art .
Lets have a look at Godzilla first. At times the
images are quite good like for instance the underwater images. In most of the
movie, we only see parts of Godzilla: a leg that is put down on some stationary
taxis, a swishing tail or only his head. Not exactly high technology. What bothered
me the most is the fact that the thump of the drop of a foot followed with the subsequently
shock wave is not properly synced with the bounce of people and cars . I
thought this happens with a bit delay.
The fact that New York is turned into a ruin is one thing. The fact that the
army is the main cause of this instead of Godzilla is another thing. It’s totally
ridiculous. And sometimes I had the feeling that the decor was also made of
cardboard boxes .
irritating thing in Godzilla, are the stupid and terrible performances . I
think Mathew Broderick is totally misplaced in this monster movie. I can tolerate
him in a comedy like "She's having a baby", "Addicted to
Love" or "Inspector Gadget ", but not in this disaster movie . Or
they used him to pump up the comedy-rate. His name Tatopoulus is already a
reason to make some hilarious (sarcastic) jokes. All the time he runs around
through the rain with that ridiculous hat and every time he says something it sounds
implausible and totally made up .
Maria Pitillo looks
like an angel but is corny and predictable. She’s the blonde bimbo in the news
department who’s not allowed to bring important news. Eventually she’s steals
some footage on a tape and makes her own reportage. Her boss uses that for his
own benefit but eventually she triumphs with a report at the end. She also
appears to be an old sweetheart from Broderick. What a coincidence ! Hank
Azaria was actually the best actor. A nice guy at the right time to use the
camera for exclusive images. Kind of weird that every time something like that
happens, the camera doesn’t function properly.
Then there are some more irritating people, such
as: Kevin Dunn as a pedantic and clamorous Colonel, Michael Lerner as a stupid
and thick mayor, Arabella Field as a friend of Animal who apparently doesn’t
know a cameraman sometimes experiences dangerous
situations. Her reaction is almost hysterical all the time. Then there’s Vicki Lewis the horny science woman who,
despite the apocalyptic situation, still has time to start drooling whenever
she looks at Broderick. And last but not least, Doug Savant as the most stupid
soldier of the U.S. Army . The PeeWee Herman of the American army .
You shouldn’t assume that this movie is accurate
and realistic. If you seek that in a movie, go watch “The Butler”. But there
are still quite a few things that look ridiculous . That Godzilla was created
by radioactive radiation by nuclear tests in French Polynesia, is actually a variant
of the original film . Why that animal must swim all the way to Manhattan to
lay her eggs, is a mystery to me. He/she swims from the Pacific Ocean through
the Panama Canal, along Florida and then straight to New York . Is he/she
making a tourist trip ? The pilots who control the helicopters apparently never
had to do an IQ test. They are chased by Godzilla, look over their shoulders in
a panic , knowing that if they just flew that thing straight up they would be
safe . I also think their index finger got stuck with super glue to the firing
mechanism , because they kept spraying bullets continuously even when there was
nothing in their sight. And could they ever miss Godzilla ? Such a huge animal .
Dr. Tatopoulus is a renowned researcher in the field of animal mutation by
radiation. At the time he presents this as proof that Godzilla might be
actually a mutant lizard ,everyone declared him as a total nutcase and crazy
fruitcake. Why did they call upon him in the first place ?
The end was somewhat entertaining with the “Jurasic
Park”-like baby Godzillas . But overall it was a disappointment. "Godzilla"
had no such effect as let’s say “Jaws “ or “King Kong”. Those movies gave you an
anxious feeling. As someone suggested on IMDb : you purchase a lifelike Iguana
as a pet, place it in the middle of the living room between some Lego houses , and observe how it moves and destroys
everything . This can also be nerve-wracking and exciting.
My rating 4 /10
Links : IMDB
Labels: 4/10, Action, SF