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Just saw something about "Godzilla Resurgence" coming out in a couple of months. I didn't see anything on "Barry's Temple of Godzilla" so maybe I'm not too bad off. The trailer looks pretty lame and flat but the Godzillas look pretty good. It has to be better than "Godzilla" (2014). Any comments here?
Mini-Review: My wife & I went to see GODZILLA (2014) tonight in 3-D (but not IMAX). The best I can say is that it's ok. The most generous rating I would give the pic & music score is C+. Of course other people (especially the Godzilla diehards) will probably like it and give it at least a B+ rating. I am not a Godzilla fan. Remember that I have always focused on the avid appreciation of the so-called "Golden Age" of movies and film music (roughly mid-Thirties to mid or early Sixties). I am realistic to realize that "times change" and one cannot expect such conditions to prevail. I believe the last time I was really excited about a film score, for instance, in the post-Golden Age era was James Horner's score for KRULL (1983). And of course earlier I really admired John Williams score for SUPERMAN (1978) and even earlier with Goldsmith's PAPILLON (1973). As I wrote quite briefly on my Twitter account, I would give GODZILLA an "okay" rating of C or C+ (at best). I was not particularly impressed, and in fact I was annoyed by several script developments in the pic that I'll maybe clarify later once the movie has been out a week so as not to give spoilers now. Being so involved with serious film music research for 32 years, I was particularly interested in the music score. Again, it was ok. I heard that Desplat utilized a largely 8-note motif in C time: 8th-8th notes crossbeam-connected 3 times to 4th one higher pitch (half-tone or whole tome, not sure now). Later, as the action develops, it becomes 3X as "3" triplets to the fourth one as duplet 8ths. Etc. Otherwise, nothing struck out to me. The instrumentation was nothing special (unlike, say, Herrmann would definitely do). The movie itself was highly predictable to me, and I cringed when the script tried to manipulate feelings, especially at the end scenes. Ho-hum. I was certainly not impressed. There was one really BIG (not Godzilla or other MUTO) error in the film emotionally, and its absence after the 1st or part of the 2nd act really made my wife & I very sad. I'll tell you about that later. BIG, massive error of judgment. Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! The hero is not Godzilla but....
Recently read an article about the new "Godzilla" flick: http://metronews.ca/scene/1028293/loyal-to-zip-up-godzilla-japanese-wary-of-remake/ A Japanese fan is quoted in the article above saying: "American Godzilla is just a giant iguana freaking out,” referring to the upcoming flick opening on May 16. The article also states that director Gareth Edwards "says he grew up watching Godzilla films." But this article from May 8 quotes Gareth: “But I only saw the original black-and-white version when I was in my 30s after the British Film Institute rereleased the film on DVD. I had actually been watching it a few days before I got the call from my agent. He asked if I was sitting down, so I did. They then asked ‘Legendary have called and asked if you’d be interested in Godzilla?’ After that, I made a point of tracking all 28 of the films down and completing my collection. I even bought the Hanna-Barbera Cartoon — that how keen I was to be a good student!” http://metronews.ca/scene/1027944/gareth-edwards-on-paying-homage-to-the-terrifying-spirit-of-1954s-gojira/ Edwards is 38 years old... Oh well... He may have tracked down everything there is to know about Godzilla but I wonder if he got this: (That's the late John Candy as "Grogan" - substitute Godzilla - and Dave Thomas as the interviewer. From an old "SCTV" episode. You may have to watch a brief commerical of some kind before getting to the actual skit.) Oh well...