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Godzilla: The Discussion Continues

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GodzillaSo, after what seemed like forever, director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot is finally here, and we enjoyed it thoroughly. You might have noticed that it is absolutely crushing the box office this weekend, even earning more than The Amazing Spider-Man 2 during its debut. We’ve been writing about this extensively during the build up, and reviewed the movie before it came out last week, but that’s not nearly enough for a film of this magnitude. So Nick and Brent sat down and traded their thoughts back and forth. Don’t worry, we left out the really inappropriate stuff.

Be warned there are massive SPOILERS beyond this point. Don’t read on unless you’ve seen Godzilla

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Godzilla Earns $9.3 Million On Opening Night And Those Redacted Credits Revealed

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GodzillaWe all knew that Godzilla, the monster, is big, and with the level of excitement surrounding the franchise reboot, we expected Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, the movie, to be a rather massive force at the box office. How big? Well, the preliminary box office numbers have the film out grossing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 after early shows. Obviously a fair number of you have made the trek to the theaters, and you probably noticed something peculiar about the opening credits. They’re treated like official documents, but as you watch them, parts are blacked out, as if someone was redacting them. Thanks to one enterprising fan, we now know what they say.

In total, Godzilla raked in $9.3 million in 3400 theaters Thursday night. Spider-Man 2 on the other hand, earned $8.7 in the same time frame. Experts estimate that, over the course of the weekend, the King of the Monsters could earn as much as $75 million, whereas the Web Slinger topped $91 million. This discrepancy is based on the wisecracking superhero’s ability to appeal to families and fans of all ages, while Godzilla is assumed to be a more fan-driven property.

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Godzilla Featurettes Will Help You Decide What Kind Of Ticket To Buy

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As of tonight, Godzilla is in the middle of stomping through cities in what is essentially his triumphant un-retirement world tour. Many of you probably lined up tonight to see the King of the Monsters wreak havoc on the unsuspecting human population, and we hope you enjoy yourself, we certainly did (read our review HERE, and later this weekend we’re going to have a tag team discussion full of all kinds of spoiler-y goodness). For those of you who are still on the fence, or wondering what kind of ticket to buy, here are two new featurettes that just might help you decide.

The Godzilla reboot is big, huge, massive, and probably some other words that mean very large. You would think IMAX would be the perfect format to view the movie in, and it very well might be. You shouldn’t take my word for it, I’m hardly any kind of expert in technical matters, but if you need some convincing, you should listen to director Gareth Edwards talk about watching his own movie projected on a movie screen that is stories high. He knew exactly what to expect going in, and it still surprised the shit out of him. If you can startle yourself with your own work, that’s when you know that you’re doing something right.

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Godzilla Art Exhibit Remixes The Classic Monster In A Variety Of Styles

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GodzFeatWe’re pretty damn stoked about seeing Godzilla this weekend, especially after the rest of us read Brent’s review. But while we’re all about celebrating our favorite city-stomping, atomic-breathed giant lizard, I must confess that “art” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Godzilla. Unless Art is the name of some poor schmuck that Godzilla steps on during one of his rampages. Thankfully some very creative folks did use Godzilla as their personal muse, resulting a very cool collection of artistic riffs on the classic movie monster.

The shots are all from the folks over at Shock Till You Drop, who hit up the “Godzilla: All Art Attack!” exhibit at Creature Features in Burbank, California. The show opened this past Sunday and is set to run through June 1. Even better, admission to the museum is FREE, so it’s definitely worth the trip if you’re within tripping distance. The images we’re including represent only a small sliver of the full show, but these were some of our favorites. I mean, how can you not love Godzilla hanging ten on a ship? That’s the best use of an ocean vessel since Pacific Rim had Gipsy Danger grab one and go batter up across the face of an angry kaiju.

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Movie Review: Godzilla Is The Monstrous Disaster Film That You Wanted

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GodzillaWhen you heard that Godzilla was getting another American remake, you weren’t the only one to release a groan and ask, “really?” Toho’s venerable giant, destructive lizard played a key part in many of our youths, and Roland Emmerich’s 1998 attempt to bring the big guy across the ocean was so bad that the foul taste still lingers in many of our mouths. As good as director Gareth Edward’s reboot has looked, and as excited as we wanted to get, we had to keep our expectations and enthusiasm in check. Lucky for us, Edwards loves this big green bastard as much as we do, and that fact is evident in every frame. Not without flaws, Godzilla is huge, epic, and most importantly, a ridiculous amount of fun.

Edwards’ only feature directorial effort, 2010’s Monsters, left the creatures off the screen until he absolutely had to show them. Much of this was due to budget constraints—Edwards did all the visual effects himself—but it forced him to focus on the characters and their story. In Godzilla, however, this is a choice, not a necessity. The monsters—yes, plural—are hinted at and teased, building towards the big reveal. They’re not kept under wraps quite as long, but Edwards parcels out the creatures piece by piece—a foot here, a scale there—and chooses the perfect moments to unveil them.

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Godzilla 1998 And Cloverfield Get Torn Apart For Your Amusement

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To say we’re a bit excited about the release of Godzilla this Friday would be an exercise in understatement even bigger than the giant lizard himself. But that wasn’t always so. After all, Hollywood had tried to put its stamp on Godzilla before…and it did not turn out well. If you’re too young to remember Roland Emmerich’s craptacular 1998 take on Godzilla, well, I envy you, sir or madam. I remember seeing it in the theater and being genuinely stunned at how bad it was. I mean, this movie cost around $130 million to make. Was there nobody anywhere in the chain of command who looked at the mess and thought, “Well, there’s nothing to be done, it’s Old Yeller time.” But if you’re curious about Emmerich’s Godzilla, we’ll save you the stomach acid of actually watching it. Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer up top is far more entertaining than the movie itself.