If you thought Godzilla: King of the Monsters was the only radioactive titan action you were getting this summer, think again.
TOHO Studios, the Japanese company behind all things Godzilla, will give the legendary monster his own booth at San Diego Comic-Con next month in honor of the big guy’s 65th anniversary. This isn’t the first time Godzilla has had a presence at the convention, but it’s the first time an entire booth will pay tribute to the creature’s history in cinema, which spans 35 movies and counting. Find out more about the Godzilla Comic-Con celebration below. Read More »
At 8:55 a.m. on a Friday in the Tokyo suburbs, I sat down at my local Toho Cinemas multiplex to watch Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It was a fitting location to be in: first, because Godzilla destroyed landmarks from this very city in his first movie appearance back in 1954, and second, because the Toho chain of theaters is a subsidiary of the company behind Godzilla. Its theater in Shinjuku — the last stop on the train line where I live — is even situated in a building that is topped with a life-size Godzilla head. A couple of days later, I would commune with the spirit of Godzilla at an 8th-floor terrace cafe with a direct view of the head, before going downstairs to rewatch the movie and takes some notes.
In November of this year, Godzilla will celebrate his 65th birthday. Right now, he’s still averaging one new movie every two years here on his original stomping grounds. Toho’s homegrown series of Japanese Godzilla films boasts thirty-two entries alone. There was a record break of twelve years between Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and Shin Godzilla (2016). However, with the latter film, plus Netflix’s anime Godzilla trilogy and two recent Legendary Pictures productions, the King of Monsters has been enjoying a global resurgence as of late.
Now, in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Hollywood has assembled its very own all-star kaiju flick, which draws from Toho tradition to present what USA Today called “the Avengers of giant creature features.” For the first time in an American movie, the gang’s all here: not just Godzilla, but also King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. Their appearance in King of the Monsters is informed by past appearances in Toho films, so if you’ve seen the movie and are curious to dive deeper into its ocean of references, then prepare to embark on a spoilery submarine expedition through Toho history.
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters proved to be the reigning champ of the weekend box office as well. On its opening weekend, the Michael Dougherty-directed monster movie raked in $49 million domestically, beating out Aladdin and fellow new entries Rocketman and Ma. But despite its evisceration of the competition, the Godzilla King of the Monsters box office still disappoints in relation to its projected earnings and the rest of the Legendary MonsterVerse franchise.
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Revealed at Comic-Con last July, the first trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters was glorious. The prospect of an elemental assault on the senses, wall-to-wall fights with 17 monsters — maybe even some poignant family drama — seemed to rise up before one’s ensorcelled eyeballs with every subsequent trailer.
If Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim was the ultimate mechs-versus-monsters movie, then King of the Monsters promised to be the ultimate kaiju-versus-kaiju movie, a gift to Godzilla fans everywhere. Based on some of the early reactions as the movie drew nearer this May, I was expecting to be bludgeoned into submission by a repeating sledgehammer of kaiju action.
There’s some of that in the movie, though not as much as you might think. To talk about what works and what doesn’t in King of the Monsters, we’ll need to open a barrel of radioactive spoilers. Grab your hazmat suit, then, and let’s get to it before the earth unleashes a fever to fight “the human infection” and we all perish.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a video essay explores how director Wes Anderson uses what is referred to as the god’s eye view shot. Plus, watch a storyboard comparison of the jellyfish forest scene from Pixar Animation’s Finding Nemo, and listen in as Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Thomas Middleditch and O’Shea Jackson Jr. sit down to take a lie detector test. Read More »
After the success of 2014’s American Godzilla from Legendary Pictures, director Gareth Edwards and co-writer Max Borenstein began working on a sequel. They ultimately left the project and Michael Dougherty created his sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Dougherty spoke with /Film at the film’s Los Angeles press junket about the development of Godzilla: King of the Monsters and creating all-new Titan creatures for the film. Godzilla: King of the Monsters opens Friday, May 31.
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomps into theaters this weekend, but he won’t be alone. A trio of other classic monsters from Godzilla’s long cinematic history are making a comeback in a big way, and a new featurette highlights each of them with some new footage from the sequel. Read More »
Mass extinction has never looked so gorgeous. Over a period of 132 mind-numbing minutes, Michael Dougherty‘s Godzilla: King of the Monsters lays waste to humanity with stunning tableaus colored in ghostly blues and faded golds, resulting in visual landscapes worthy of Aivazovsky’s brush. It’s a pity the world built around all that jaw-dropping monster mayhem is so damn dull. Cities are leveled, Lovecraftian monsters reign supreme, and the only thing I felt was a bad case of ennui. The ultimate kaiju smack-down shouldn’t be this boring.
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You can’t enter a clash of kaiju titans without a little music, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters has a soundtrack to match its earth-shuddering spectacle. The soundtrack for the upcoming Legendary monster movie has been released online, along with highlights of the solo themes for the three new kaiju monsters who will be butting heads with the King. Listen to the entire Godzilla King of the Monsters soundtrack below.
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters is stomping into theaters next week, and if you’re still not sold on the mega-monster movie, a “final look” is here to give away the game. Set to LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out”, this mini-trailer is big on brawls. In fact, having seen King of the Monsters already, I’m going to go ahead and say that this is a bit spoiler-y, since it features images from nearly every huge monster fight in the flick. So! If you want to be as unspoiled as possible for the movie, maybe avoid this. Everyone else, check out the Godzilla: King of the Monsters final look below.
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