Logo created by and owned by Legendary Pictures, the character Godzilla himself belongs to Toho Co. Ltd. This image is being utilized for promotional use regarding the upcoming Godzilla 2014 film. This blog serves as a fan-centered outlook written by Kaiju Galaxy fans in preparation for the next installment in the Godzilla Franchise. News will be posted and cited from various different sources and updated on a regular basis. If you would like to participate in our discussions, join Kaiju Galaxy

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May 21, 2014

Author: Chaos Githzerai

Movie Review by: Chaos Githzerai

I haven't done one of these in a while, so forgive me if this isn't that great. First off, I am face blind, meaning that it is hard for me to easily put a person's name to a face from memory, so please forgive me for not using many names for actors.

Having seen Godzilla twice over the weekend, I really enjoyed it. While it didn't leave me with a stupid grin throughout the entire movie like Pacific Rim did, I did enjoy myself, and I feel that Gareth Edwards did a wonderful job in bringing the King of the Monsters back to American soil, and that this adaptation does a stellar job in complimenting the original 1954 Gojira.

The Kaiju

First off, I feel that they did an absolutely wonderful job on the three kaiju that were portrayed in this film. Godzilla stays true to his original look, while being tweaked a bit to fit into the world Edwards built for him. The two Mutos have an amazing design that, to me, appears to draw inspiration from and combine aspects of Daiei's Gyaos, Kamacuras, and the Nargacuga from Monster Hunter. Unlike a lot of people, I personally felt that both Godzilla and the two Mutos got plenty of screentime.

Also, while throughout the Eras of kaiju movies, while all kaiju have had their own unique personalities shown through actions, Godzilla and the two Mutos really stood out to me in how they acted. Godzilla still had a commanding presence, like he did in both the original 1954 movie, and in the Heisei and Milennium Era movies, but here, he also allowed viewers to feel for him during certain moments. The two Mutos; likewise, also made me feel for them, since they were just acting on their very nature and doing what they do, and one scene in particular made me feel sorry for them, but I won't spoil that for those who have yet to see the movie.

The way the kaiju all moved also made me believe that they were a seamless part of the world that had been built for them. Godzilla, while stocky, was graceful when in the water, but rather clumsy on land, but that's always been the case with him, and I'm happy that they kept that aspect of his design and character. Both Mutos, the winged one especially, were graceful in their movements, and they were wonderful adversaries for the Big G himself, and that all three represented Nature at her most powerful and unforgiving state. My only nitpick is that they kept teasing us by cutting away from the fights, which reminded me of Godzilla: Final Wars but in the end, it was worth the frustration.

The Humans

Next up, another staple of every kaiju movie: the human element.

Now, I admit that I personally watch kaiju movies for the monsters themselves and not for the human story, but in the few years I've been a G-Fan, I've learned that the human element and the kaiju element of each movie are intertwined and go hand-in-hand. You can't have one without the other.

While I found the human characters of this film, along with their story, engaging, I do have one nitpick about them: I personally feel that the job roles of Elle and Ford's characters should have been switched: woman in the military, husband back home working at the hospital. The way it was done in the movie, I feel, is done to death, and was a step backwards from how both of Ford's parents worked jobs at the power plant, with his mother in the nitty gritty, while his father wore the suit.

Out of all the performances, Ken Watanabe was my favorite along with Bryan Cranston while I found Elle Brody's actress to be the weakest performance. I wish I could say more here, but as I stated at the beginning, if I don't really know or recognize an actor, I don't have much to say about them performance-wise.

The Scenery

The locations in the film were all rich and wonderfully portrayed, from the grittiness of Las Vegas and San Francisco, to the beauty of Hawaii and the Philippines. The scenes at night gave a sense of foreboding, but I can't really go into that without spoiling those parts of the movie. Scenes during the daytime had their own sense of beauty, which goes hand-in-hand with the eeriness of the night scenes. While I have no nitpicks about this part of the film, I regret that I don't have much to say.

The Musical Score

Unlike some people who have called the music of this movie 'generic' and 'uninspired', I found myself loving the music, and felt that every piece fit the scene it was chosen for, but I have one single nitpick: the lack of the Godzilla March.

Now, it's been a while since I last saw the original Gojira, so I have no idea if Godzilla even had a lemotif in that film or not, but there were two scenes in the 2014 film where I felt that an updated version of the Godzilla March could've fit in perfectly: at the end, and where Godzilla was swimming alongside the naval fleet.

Final Thoughts

All in all, nitpicks aside, I enjoyed this movie. Do I think it holds up to the original? Yes. Do I feel it surpasses the original? Yes, and no. The original Gojira is a timeless movie, while the 2014 film represents the Godzilla of today, and both films are amazing in their own way, so, I personally find comparing the two to be a little silly in hindsight, but that's just me. The interaction between the three kaiju was very well done, and there were two instances where, at my first viewing of the film in IMAX, the entire theater erupted into cheering, but, I can't really say due to spoilers, so if you want to see for yourself, go see the movie. It is very worth it.

Now, a lot of people will probably kill me for saying this, but as a Gamera fan, I have to: Here's hoping that next year's rumored Gamera film will be as wonderful as this year's Godzilla film was!

Chaos Githzerai's rating: 9/10

-- Chaos Githzerai

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March 1, 2014

Author: Donny Winter

The second trailer (the official one) for the upcoming Godzilla film has received 14 million views in the past three days - which is out of this world. It trended number one on social-networking sites for three days and the facebook fan-page has over 500,000 likes! Pretty awesome right?

Since then, a breathtaking issue of Empire Magazine has been released:

Are you all excited? Join Kaiju Galaxy and share your thoughts with us! Down below is the Snickers commercial featuring Godzilla:

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February 25, 2014

Author: Donny Winter

My friends and fellow Godzilla fans, lets hyperventilate together. The second trailer is live!


Watch my reaction to the trailer:

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February 21, 2014

Author: Donny Winter

A new poster has been released! Behold it's glory! Now we just need to figure out when we're going to see another trailer.

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December 10, 2013

Author: Donny Winter

The first teaser trailer appeared today! Go watch it:

Join Kaiju Galaxy and discuss your reaction!

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December 9, 2013

Author: Donny Winter

Viral images have been released by Legendary Pictures encrypted on a really fascinating website themed around the acronym "M.U.T.O." which we know will be a recurring acronym in the film. The TotalFilm website releases this statement along with this photo (and other photos):

What is M.U.T.O.? The image shows Turkmenistan's infamous burning 'Door to Hell', which was first ignited by a Soviet gas company in 1971. They claimed the dangerous gases would burn off in a few days -- yet miraculously, it has been burning ever since. Normally accessible to the public, the image is associated with the notes that this remote destination was strangely placed on government lockdown, as the secretive group identified as M.U.T.O. established a heavily-guarded "restricted access area" for undisclosed purposes. This snapshot from a tourist shows emergency vehicles, armed troops and research crews being choppered to the scene. After decades of this mysterious inferno blazing, why is M.U.T.O. getting involved now? -- TotalFilm

This information was referenced from the Godzilla-Movies.com website and additional pictures can be found there along with videos.

The main question is, what is this mysterious M.U.T.O? Join Kaiju Galaxy to find out!

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December 3, 2013

TRAILER DROPPING SOON

Author: Donny Winter

According to this site: http://www.albertafilmratings.ca/recentclasstrailers.aspx, the trailer for the newest Godzilla movie will be 2:12 minutes in length and rated PG. It's also been rumored that the trailer will be aired during the movie "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

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October 9, 2013

Explaining the Godzilla Nuclear Metaphor for Newer Fans

Author: Donny Winter

It's not a surprise that I've seen people claiming that the whole Godzilla metaphor is too 'deep' for Godzilla. In this YouTube video I explain the Godzilla story and the historical perspective behind it in preparation for the Godzilla 2014 movie. Please share it and subscribe to my YouTube channel. Also! It's been rumored that the first theatrical trailer has been released somewhere, though I have not found it yet. Stay tuned for more news fellow KG fans!

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October, 4, 2013

Godzilla 2014 Comic-Con Trailer Leaked

Author: Donny Winter

It's been spreading like wildfire across the internet, the teaser trailer for Godzilla 2014 that premiered at Comic Con 2012 has been leaked. View the trailer here: http://www.movieweb.com/news/godzilla-trailer-revealed Also, if the video has been taken down, watch my reactionary video - I describe a bit of it for you briefly:

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September 11, 2013

New Godzilla Image Uncovers Potential Design
Author: Donny Winter

Believe me fellow kaiju fans, I completely understand the impatience we are all feeling when it comes to hoping that we *may* see some sort of design released by Legendary Pictures giving us a look at the new Godzilla. Here is an image found from a couple Brazilian postings on the internet. Many people who went to the Comic-Con with the Godzilla teaser say that this is exactly like the one appearing in said teaser. Here's the image, share what you think by joining Kaiju Galaxy:

July 18, 2013

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July 17, 2013

Godzilla Stomps Into the San Diego Comic-Con!
Author: Donny Winter

Referenced from Godzilla 2014 Facebook Page: "Join stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and director Gareth Edwards for an exclusive look at the upcoming film during the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures presentation this Saturday from 10:45am 1:15pm in Hall H. The cast will also be signing autographs at the Legendary booth (#3920) from 1:05pm 1:45pm following the panel."

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July 16, 2013

Godzilla (2014) @ Comic-Con and the Godzilla Encounter Website
Author: Donny Winter

There's been a lot of exciting news being released regarding the new Godzilla movie coming out in theaters May 2014. Apparently the re's big hype about a major Godzilla-themed appearance at Comic-Con which includes the launch of a website called Godzilla Encounter. The site contains a large selection of pictures and excerpts presumably from the movie no doubt aimed at boosting the virality of the movie itself. As you can see, they have drastically boosted the marketing. Go and visit the site, and stay tuned to KG for more information!

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June 10, 2013

GODZILLA 2014 SET PHOTO: NEW
Author: Donny Winter

Go over to the Kaiju Galaxy Forums to see the latest set photo from GODZILLA 2014. From the looks of it, it's two army personnel standing on some sort of hill with fire/burning of some sort behind them. Perhaps a volcano? Go share your thoughts by registering on the forums and posting!

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June 5, 2013

GODZILLA 2014, Re-Igniting Tokusatsu Fans
Author: Donny Winter

Within the past year or two Godzilla fans around the world jumped for joy upon hearing the news the Legendary Pictures under the direction of Gareth Edwards is creating a brand new Godzilla movie set to be released in May 2014. Over the course of that time we've heard little to no developments outside of a few set pictures, casting information and a couple video appearances from Mr. Edwards himself.

It has been nearly 10 years since we've been graced by Godzilla's thundering presence on the movie screen. In that time various movies and television series continuing the tokusatsu tradition have kept us fans thriving. This blog will serve as a means for Godzilla fans to express our perspectives on the news & information released regarding the movie. Stay tuned my friends! Godzilla's making a come back!