Godzilla (1998)

Description

Nuclear testing in the South Pacific produces a giant mutated lizard that wreaks havoc upon New York City.

Directed/Produced by:
  • Roland Emmerich
  • Dean Devlin
  • Roland Emmerich
  • Dean Devlin
  • Roland Emmerich
  • Ute Emmerich
  • William Fay
Cast:
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Jean Reno
  • Maria Pitillo
  • Hank Azaria
  • Kevin Dunn
  • Michael Lerner
  • Harry Shearer
  • Arabella Field
  • Vicki Lewis
  • Doug Savant
  • Malcolm Danare
  • Lorry Goldman

Review

Godzilla

The sad thing about this Godzilla pic is that the credits don’t mention an actor playing the monster so you have to say the movie stars Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria and Kevin Dunn instead of a man dressed as a really big lizard. Godzilla’s 1998 version, which will forever be remembered as the first one not to feature a Japanese extra  mouthing 16 words when all you hear is ‘Look: Godzilla!’, is a film that earns the same notoriety that all of the other movies in the pantheon do: It’s incredibly dumb and inexplicably enjoyable, especially when the monster stomps New York. Since Godzilla has always had a cult following, and since the cult following has always talked about how Godzilla can be viewed as an allegory of post-World-War-II Japanese history, you can view this American Godzilla in the following frame of mind: Godzilla represents the final step of post-war Japan to saddle us with a byproduct of American nuclear waste. The Japanese have gotten beyond the point where Godzilla is their protector. They have made Godzilla their Tiger games: A cheap, exportable product that will attempt to turn a profit in the U.S.