As you can see, I decided to draw something different for the GOMP page this week. But I saw Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla last Thursday night and I just gotta talk about it. This isn’t so much a review as it is a collection of my thoughts about the film. No spoilers here, just disjointed commentary from a rambling cartoonist.
First off, I should point out it took me a long time to get into Toho (and Toho-inspired) movies. I didn’t see them a lot as a kid, and when I did watch them, I felt annoyed about how obvious it was that Godzilla was just a guy in a suit. I much preferred the stop-motion magic of Ray Harryhausen’s monsters instead. It wasn’t until I was in art school and learned about kabuki theater that I “got” Kaiju films. Suddenly I developed a great appreciation and enjoyment for them.
So how did I like the new Godzilla movie? I didn’t just like it—I LOVED it. In some ways, there’s a feeling of Edwards thumbing his nose a bit at more recent Kaiju movies, such as Cloverfield, Pacific Rim and the abysmal ’98 Godzilla. In full disclosure, I was intrigued by Cloverfield and really enjoyed the campiness of Pacific Rim (I’ve blocked out ’98 Godzilla from my memory altogether), but Edward takes elements from movies and does them right.
I also really love the editing and pacing of the movie. So many recent FX films have a more chaotic, or video-game vibe to them. And I can’t name how many times I’ve seen the camera POV following monsters and characters running around in long, swooping shots. While it’s fun to look at, a lot of action doesn’t register (at least not with me). But with Godzilla, I felt as if I were truly experiencing the movie along with the characters. Of course, this could also be because I saw the film in IMAX 3D.
I can’t get into other points without giving the movie away. But suffice to say, this is easily one of my favorite Godzilla movies and I highly recommend it.
Also, I’m looking at my Godzilla design and thinking it might make a nice T-shirt. What do y’all think?