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Before I dive into the review, let me take a moment to talk about what Godzilla means to me…
I have one older brother by about 6 years — and he is just the ultimate definition of a brother. I looked up to him and have always thought the world of him, and so when I was born, whatever interests my brother had immediately fell onto me. My brother loved the Ninja Turtles, which is why I am a lifelong Ninja Turtles fan. My brother loved soccer and played his entire life, which is why I did the same. My brother had a fascination with sharks — buying coloring books and watching Shark Week annually, which is why I did the same.
And my brother absolutely adored and loved Godzilla movies, so naturally — I did the same.
I’ve already complied my list of top 10 favorite Godzilla films into two posts. (Part 1 and Part 2) But to be honest, I wouldn’t say I really “hate” any Godzilla film. I definitely have my favorites and least favorites, but even films like Godzilla’s Revenge and the 1998 American film both have meaning to me. Are they movies I watch often, or want to see anytime soon? Maybe not in particular, but they are still Godzilla films, and Godzilla, to me, is much more than just a film franchise.
I have an impressive Godzilla toy collection and a number of VHS tapes that belong to both myself and my brother, and of course a number of DVDs of my favorite films. I almost have the complete series of the Dark Horse Comics Godzilla run — which are some of my favorite comics. When I was growing up, I was always drawing pictures of Godzilla — his silhouette coming out of the ocean. I can honestly say now I have seen all of the Godzilla films released, but even if I couldn’t see another Godzilla film, I would still love the character just as much as I ever have.
He’s really connected to my childhood, my growing up — it sounds ridiculous in some ways, I get it — and I’m probably being too sentimental, but honestly — I’m the kind of person who is probably too honest about how I feel about things, and Godzilla means more to me than just one movie.
So with that all being said…what did this one movie mean to me?
Director: Gareth Edwards
Release Date: May 16th, 2014 (US) / May 14 & 15 International
This is the first Godzilla film in approximately a decade, after Godzilla Final Wars was released in Japan in late 2004. And of course, this is only the second Godzilla film to NOT created at the hands of Toho — the studio that made all of the original Japanese Godzilla films. With TriStar making the first “American Godzilla” film in 1998, the film did well financially and while not breaking any records at the time of its release, it did well enough and put money back into Toho’s pockets to make more of their own films — because — the 1998 film was not received well by critics in the US and especially Godzilla’s creators back in Japan.