Welcome back to our newly revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. Our fifth entry acts as a brief refresher on one of the pivotal moments in Japanese cinema, Ishirō Honda’s Godzilla (1954)…
Picture Godzilla in your head. What do you see?
For most, the image is simple — men in rubbery monster suits battling one-another amidst a chintzily built model, stepping on toy cars willy-nilly in an effort to put forth the feeling of destruction on an apocalyptic scale. To the average cinema-goer Gojira — excuse me, Godzilla — is an icon of pugilistic campiness; a towering figure akin to a scaly Macho Man Randy Savage, wrestling other goofy kaiju for ninety minutes while tiny Asian people point and scream “the monster is attacking the city!”
Like most successful franchise frontmen, the weight of Godzilla’s initial appearance has been watered down by subsequent sequels (twenty-seven, to be exact), to the point that many have forgotten the iconic monster’s original metaphorical meaning: a walking mushroom cloud, the fantastical representation of holocaust. Ishirō Honda’s monumental piece of Japanese filmmaking still stands as one of the greatest cinematic responses to the psychic trauma caused by war, ranking with Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove as a defining piece of pop art derived from the utter devastation of the nuclear bomb.
Last time we got any news about the upcoming Godzilla flick from Legendary Pictures was back in March. It was pretty much an announcement piece and to assure fans that it won’t be like the 1998 American film, which is good news (sorry pops, it’s not that great).
Here we are in 2011 and we got an update as it seems Legendary Pictures has found a director, Gareth Edwards. Edwards is known for his indie sci-fi flick Monsters, which may be the reason why he got offer the project. With this news, they will be moving the project forward so that it could still be released for a 2012 release date, which will be 2 year shy of the 60th anniversary of the King of Monsters.
2004 was the last time we saw a release of a new Godzilla flick and it wasn’t that bad since Godzilla: Final Wars did have cameos of a lot of Godzilla’s buddies and a showdown with Zilla (TOHO’s official name for the American made Godzilla), which is pictured above. What do y’all think of the news? Are you excited for a new Godzilla film or do you think Hollywood should stop before we have another film like the ’98 version.
Source: ComicBookMovie.com, AnimeNewsNetwork
When I hear the name Godzilla, I think of this theme while some people will think of this theme and Godzuki (BTW, Minira would kick Godzuki’s ass). News came in that Legendary (300, Batman Begins, Dark Knight), partnered with Warner Bros. and Toho (Godzilla’s JPN Studio) is planning to release a new Godzilla movie in 2012, just two years shy of the 60th anniversary of the King of the Monsters. Not much else is known other than three producers has been announced and they are: Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, The Departed), Roy Lee (The Ring, Gudge), and Brian Rogers (Lord of the Flies). Also, seems like Legendary is really going to do their best to not produce what was made in 1998 and hopefully they don’t. The last time there was even a Godzilla movie was in 2004, Godzilla: Final Wars (The 50th Anniversary movie), which was a fun movie to watch and hell, there was a scene with Gozilla facing Zilla (Which is the official name of the American Godzilla from 1998) in a very quick battle with Godzilla proving that monsters in suit are superior than CG monsters. Look, I’m up for a new Godzilla movie since it has been a long time but will we finally see a Godzilla movie from American do justice to the franchise with it being close to the 60th anniversary. I really hope so as long as we don’t get another Puff Daddy or P.Diddy or what ever name he goes by now music video.