Review - Godzilla (1998)
When a mutant lizard attacks New York City, Dr. Niko Tatopoulos (Matthew Broderick) tries to study the creature and learn how to stop it in the American re-imagining of “Godzilla.”
From the director of “Independence Day” and later “The Patriot” comes Roland Emmerich’s vision of a monster from a movie series he doesn’t even like. What’s more is the studio let him do whatever he wanted with it, thus enraging fans and even non-fans of the original Japanese films.
It’s amazing that some people consider this his best movie when even if they’re right that’s a really bad sign. All of the characters are generic stereotypes, the logic makes no sense, and most importantly, it has a stupid message that seems completely out of place.
I will say that back in 1998, I thought the visuals were incredible. They really seemed state-of-the-art then, but now they seem very dated and not even as good as other movies of the time.
“Godzilla” is basically the movie that nobody can like no matter what they say. Either you’re a fan of the original monster and hate what America did to it, or you like the monster but don’t have the attention span to sit through over two hours of it.
Final Score: 2.4/10