Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Godzilla 1998– we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…
After the huge success of Independence Day, Roland Emmerich was offered the job to direct Godzilla by Toho who were actually distributing ID4 in Japan, it seemed like a great idea, a director who can handle large scale action and would naturally fit with Godzilla… Big Mistake!!
The 1998 movie was over-hyped and had a very effective marketing campaign. It was all about ‘Size Does Matter’. Everyone went to see it the weekend it came out and it did big numbers but the second week the box office dropped sharply. Reviews by the critics and fans were highly negative. The movie bared little resemble to the classic monster. It’s surprising how much they changed and why they didn’t include another monster for ‘Zilla to fight.
Let’s take a look back on what they got wrong and see if the visual effects still hold up.