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Godzilla 2000 (2000)

A movie directed by Takao Okawara

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Nostalgia only gets you so far

  • Jul 19, 2013
When I was a kid I was a huge fan of Godzilla movies. I have very fond memories of making my parents take me to Blockbuster and picking out one of his many films on VHS. I saw just about all of them that were out at the time, from my favorites Godzilla VS King Ghidora and Godzilla VS Gigan to the not so great Godzilla VS The Sea Monster and Godzilla VS Mecha Godzilla. I think, up to Godzilla 2000, there were only one or two of his films that I hadn't seen. Needless to say the big G man holds a special place in my heart and he always will. I actually got to see Godzilla 2000 in the theaters way back in the day and my little brain could hardly handle the level of awesome I thought I was seeing. So how does this nostalgic classic I first saw when I was 11 live up now that I'm 24?

Not well, as a matter of fact. I mean yes, I get it, this is a Godzilla movie, I didn't pop this in expecting Shakspere or even Pacific Rim. All I really wanted was to see the hero of my childhood beat up on giant rubber monsters and destroy Tokyo for the fiftieth time. As cheesy and insane as these movies are the Godzilla fights were, for the most part, at least entertaining. It must take a lot of stamina to wear that big rubber suit effectively and actually make some cool fight scenes, but whoever is wearing it in this film didn't seem to have any. Godzilla just sort of waddles around like a toddler occasionally flailing his arms around and opening his mouth a little bit. He has no movement, no energy, nothing to make him exciting. My wife said it best when she said the monster battles reminded her of two old people awkwardly trying to fight one another and just falling over themselves in the process. Yeah, that's kind of what this movie is like. A giant old person waddling around for an entire movie until a second old person waddles in and awkwardly fights the first old person. Weird, never thought I'd describe a Godzilla movie like that, but there it is. At least the G man looks cool and his fire breath is pretty neat, otherwise the fights were be the biggest bore fests I've ever seen.

I'm not even going to judge the plot and characters all that much. I mean, let's be real. The story is ridiculous, the acting is atrocious, the writing had me busting out laughing at many points at how bad it was, but we expect that from this kind of movie. I mean, they didn't help, but there comes a time where even with that excuse its just way too silly to ignore. Like the end of the film when the main characters are explaining that Godzilla keeps protecting them because there's a little piece of him inside everyone while he's simultaneously destroying everything in sight right before their eyes. Protecting? He's freaking setting Tokyo on fire! On what planet is that considered protection?

In the movies defense at the time this was far and away the best of all the G films in terms of special effects. Take that with a grain of salt, mind you, as none of the G movies had anything special in terms of effects, but this one did look pretty decent. Though that may sound like backhanded praise, it's really not meant to be. The cities look great, the battles semi epic, and Godzilla is pretty damn cool. That Godzilla costume warrants the extra star all in itself. He looks great.

Well so much for that diversion into the films of my childhood. Though it did put a giant grin on my face to hear the Godzilla theme music as he smashes through Tokyo adult me just couldn't get into the spirit of things like eleven year old me could. Let's hope the Godzilla: King of the Monsters holds up better. Until then, cheers.

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July 30, 2013
Just love those godzilla movies!
July 29, 2013
Nice review. Now I don't mean to sound picky...but when you say the "acting is atrocious", are you really referring to the dramatic efforts of the Japanese actors or the performances of the English dubbers? I say this because I do recognize a couple of the actors in the cast list and know that some of them are veterans with impressive resumes in their homelands. Shiro Sano, in particular has played in such critically acclaimed films as Kaizo Hayashi's TO SLEEP AS TO DREAM (for which he won an award), THE STORY OF RAMPO and Aleksandr Sokurov's THE SUN. Even if his performance didn't stand out in this movie, he's far from an bad actor.

Godzilla films are basically the Japanese equivalents of action packed Hollywood Blockbuster films that populate our cinemas every summer. Thus, they do occupy some of the largest budgets Japanese studios are willing to afford and they do employ notable celebrities and actors to fill their cast lists. However the dramatic performances will always take a backseat to the action scenes, just like in a Hollywood blockbuster. But there's still a fine line between giving just a "by the numbers/tepid/mediocre" performance and an "atrocious" one. I wouldn't say that Samuel L. Jackson's performance as Nick Fury in THE AVENGERS was the best dramatic performance of his career. But it certainly wasn't "atrocious" either.
August 15, 2013
No, I meant that the acting is horrible. Not taking into account the dubbing, I know that's not their fault, just their body movements, the way they react to certain things, its all stuff I would expect to see from complete amateurs. Its not that I was expecting the best performances ever, but one character I noticed (one of the big government honchos) has the same facial expression the entire film. It doesn't change, not once. I'm no expert in acting, but come on, anyone could hold one facial expression for an entire film, that's just terrible.
July 19, 2013
King Kong Vs. Godzilla is still my fave LOL!
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review by . April 27, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
Godzilla is one of those shamelessly bad movies is still quite hilarious. Beyond the incredulous script (Godzilla is a hundred feet tall; why can no one find him?), the stupid slap-stick jokes, the big rubber suit trampling miniature buildings and fighting a UFO, there's really nothing to it. The characters are ultra flat, the dialogue is retarded, and the special effects are embarrassing.But that's really not the point, is it? So long as it's not taken seriously, the movie is really quite fun. …
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Gaaaaaaaargh! The guy in the rubber suit is back with a vengeance. Godzilla's back in the nurturing hands of Toho Studios, and they've beefed up the big beast with more highly developed spinal fins, resembling large crystals, and more menacing teeth. But he's the same guy in the rubber suit who smashes Tokyo's buildings and cars and dukes it out in larger-than-life smackdowns with the universe's monstrous villains. The plot is familiar to anyone who was a 12-year-old boy: Godzilla erupts from the sea for reasons that are never made clear, proceeds to wreak havoc amongst the buildings of a model city, and meets and beats a monster his own size, thus saving humanity. His nemesis this time around is a 600-foot-long rock that scientists find at the bottom of the ocean and unwisely bring to the surface, where it proves to be an alien spacecraft bent on acquiring Godzilla's regenerative abilities. "A visitor from outer space?" exclaims one of the scientists, "My god, it's just too crazy to believe!" To which the lead scientist responds, "Right, like Godzilla's normal. Anyway, it's my theory that..."

The film is thoroughly entertaining, and not just for the breathtaking sequences of destruction that follow Godzilla's emergence and his battles with the alien space monster. These do have a preternatural beauty. But the human story, if you can call it that, holds your interest due to the shear preponderance of improbabilities it generates. You laugh at the "mistakes"--assuming they ...

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Director: Takao Okawara
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2000
Runtime: 99 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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