First Reactions To Early “Godzilla” Screening

May 2, 20140 Comments

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures held a special screening of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla and the response is pretty positive. The only real negative comment is that the titular monster isn’t on screen that much, which may or may not be a bad thing. Check out what people are saying below.

This reboot, then, is the sort of exercise in anticipation that recalls movies like Jaws, Alien, and Jurassic Park, and Edwards said it was the latter film in particular — which, like Godzilla, holds back the big Tyrannosaurus Rex reveal until an hour has passed — that served as his primary touchstone in several ways. “Jurassic Park has thirty visual effects shots in it, and it’s one of the classics,” he noted, explaining his judicious approach to CGI. –

Just caught a screening of #Godzilla it’s even bigger and better than expected. Visually stunning and a Must see!@Legendary is legendary! — Ross Cassidy (@MrRossCassidy)

Just got back from a screening of #Godzilla. Movie was well done but you get very little of the title monster. People will get restless. — Kate Twesten (@katetwesten_)

@HIGHDEFJUNKIES @GodzillaMovie Everyone cheered and clapped throughout the entire film. — Mike Villarreal (@MikeReactor)

@GodzillaMovie Surpassed all expectations. A childhood dream come true. THE KING OF THE MONSTERS HAS RETURNED! — Mike Villarreal (@MikeReactor)

#Godzilla is a FANTASTIC “American” version by #WarnerBros!! I highly recommend it! (Who said I was in it because I am NOT!) #GoodKaijuMovie  — Peter Shinkoda (@PeterShinkoda)

There’s a Mothra reference in GODZILLA – Thomas Tull says they won’t talk sequel until they do well, but they love the whole universe. — Devin Faraci (@devincf)

GODZILLA rules walking in: he’s not the villain, he fights other monsters, he looks like Godzilla, he has the roar, he has blue fire. — Devin Faraci (@devincf)

Edwards says they designed the movie to build and reveal Godzilla and action incrementally. Doesn’t blow his load on first Godzilla shot. — Devin Faraci (@devincf)

Tull says the sequel probably stays with Warner Bros. No King Kong crossover 🙁 — Devin Faraci (@devincf)

I’m a little disappointed that we won’t be seeing a lot of Godzilla himself in the picture, but we didn’t get a good look at the shark in Jaws until late into the movie and overall it was very little screen time. The reason Jaws works is because you’re invested in the characters and story. Godzilla has a great cast so I’m expecting to care about the human characters. In the end, the scenes with Godzilla will probably feel more special with this slow-burn approach. I look forward to seeing it for myself. How do you guys feel?

From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

Synopsis: “Rarely seen, but spoken of in ancient Pacific Island myths, “Gojira” was last spotted in 1954, when the U.S. Navy encountered and attempted to kill him with an atomic blast in the Pacific Ocean. Since then, the giant creature has been living in the deep ocean – until a threat to his survival from an ancient foe forces him to reappear.

The cast includes Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams.

Godzilla will hit theaters on May 16th, 2014.

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