If you look back at last week well, especially the last few days, yes it’s been damn hot, but I think my friend has a great quote “This weeks facebook feed has been brought to you by the weather and people talking about San Diego comic con” which sums up my thoughts exactly.
There were times at work where I had other things on my mind like what’s happening over in San Diego, I found out a friend of mine had been chilling out with people like Stan Lee and Joe Quesada. Whilst I’m writing this I’m currently watching Loki (Tom Hiddleston) entertaining or well, hijacking the hall H crowd where the Marvel Movie panel was held. Judging by the roars of the crowd Hiddleston had a good time. I found out loads of stuff from social networks, whether it was comic related news, the next Avengers sequel (didn’t see that one coming) the Superman follow up, saw that one coming by a mile off!
Someday I’d love to go to the convention. I’d get sketches, even if they’re going to be sky high rates, go to panels… I’ve always considered SDDC as more than just a convention, an experience unrivalled, a world in itself, a colossal monster of a con, which finally brings me to the Godzilla Encounter at the con. As part of a promotion for Gareth Edwards’s revamp, this was an attraction I would have given my eyeballs for. I had to make do with watching it on YouTube.
People were treated to a tour which ended with the reveal of the new look of the Tokyo Titan stomping through San Diego. Despite the best efforts of stewards trying to stop filming via smart phones someone managed to get a shot of the King of the Monsters, which looks far more faithful then the 1998 version which derided by all Kaiju Eiga fans in fact they call it “G.I.N.O” Godzilla In Name Only.
He’s looking a bit sly there…
I only saw the film again a few weeks back, It’s by no means a bad film but it’s no Godzilla film. Director Roland Emmerich wanted the film to be like Jurassic Park. So he and producer Dean Devlin decided to stray from the creature’s iconic lumbering look, they ruffled a few feathers. G.I.N.O was just a mutated iguana birthed from nuclear tests from the pacific that was asexual and pregnant. To quote one critic “ the babies looked like the Jurassic Park raptors. They behaved liked Jurassic Park raptors. And they sounded like Jurassic Park raptors.” Even worse Matthew Broderick looked more like Godzilla with a green raincoat. Unlike the tagline “Size does matter” Box office returns mattered a lot more. Still the follow up animated show was a lot better.
With filming has recently wrapped up on the revamp, actors including Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor Johnson who is best known for his role in Kick Ass and Bryan Cranston along with Godzilla director Gareth Edwards were on hand to promote the upcoming film. I looked everywhere to find a trailer even if it was going to be poorly filmed through a smart phone, alas no. From what people saw it’s going to a sombre monster movie, which feels like the very first Godzilla film or well Gojira as it’s known.
There’s quite a few Godzilla titles by IDW right now, what does spring to mind is Marineman artist Ian Churchill drew Godzilla as a convention sketch back in 2011.
To say I’m an expert of Godzilla is like saying I know everything about quantum mechanics. I saw Gojira (the one without Raymond Burr) several years ago, this was a far cry from the campy monster films that came after that, although the 1985 film was a return to form.I was struck by how serious the film was. Back then my only recollection of big G was the Hanna Barbera animated show, the crap one with Godzooky. It made think about the 98 version and why Emmerich got it so wrong.
Gojira which was released in 1954 showed the effect of having a 164( the size varies) feet tall creature wreak havoc, the destruction is felt by his victims as graphic scenes of injuries are shown. Western monster flicks weren’t like that at all, that is until 2008’s Cloverfield which was the game changer of creature features.
What the 1998 film got right was the waiting game; the trailers were a tease, released the year before and were far better than the finished product. It seems Edwards and co are doing the same trick, having showed the trailer to the baying crowd, which shows the army facing against a Cloverfield like creature and all of a sudden Godzilla turns up, or a giant foot. The audience’s reaction went into full tilt boogie.
Having seen Edwards’s previous film, Monsters was less about the creatures and more about a journalist attempting to get his employers daughters out of Mexico, the only thing stopping him were these fluorescent squid like creatures that got in the way.It’s a decent enough film, if you’re into carnage and buildings being torn apart look somewhere else. The film was done on a shoestring budget and a laptop, the budget for Godzilla is triple that amount. So with a rapturous welcome for the trailer could this be the one that clears up the big G’s rep after G.I.N.O? Edwards is approaching this like a fan unlike the half heartedness of his predecessor.
And finally, Warner/Legendary pictures need to release the trailer immediately come on movie execs we all know what he looks like.
Thanks to a sneaky photographer here’s Big G!