You can tell that Ziyi Zhang is playing her own twin because the one at the waterfall has long hair. She’s credited as playing two characters as well, though they have different last names. Apparently one or both of them got married at some point. The backstories here are full and rich.
Also, the middle Ghidorah head was obviously the Moe Howard of the group. That’s the one that kept snapping at the others and assisted the regrowing head by removing that weird membrane. Remember how that head grew tongue-first? That ruled.
Ah ha, I knew she died! That’s just Script Writing 101. If you indirectly murder millions of people, cause catastrophic property damage that will lead to a global economic collapse, and cozy up to an eco-terrorist villain like Charles Dance, the only way you can redeem yourself is by dying in a Noble Sacrifice.
But does this mean I owe @Kelly_Wand $5 or does he owe me $5? I forget the particulars of the bet. We might have each broken even.
For what it’s worth, I think that Shin Godzilla is more post-Fukushima than post-9/11, although director Hideaki Anno has quite a long pedigree when it comes to imagining the responses of over-militarized bureaucracies to apocalypse-level threats (see Gunbuster and the many Evangelion titles).
To clarify, I meant to say that i can understand why traditional movie critics are panning the film for the flat human characters, since that is what we usually relate to. I had no problem whatsoever with the movie being about huge monsters all the time, that was the best part!
Thank you for clarifying, @Second_Sunrise. Sometimes when I read the emails I don’t get the details quite right in my note grid, and thus when I feather them in I twist things a bit in the flow of conversation. I always–and I mean this sincerely–appreciate it when somebody comes into the thread and gives us a clarification. It enhances the conversation after-the-fact and I think that is important.
Thank you for writing in to the podcast. I hope you’ll do so more in the future when you get the chance.
“So this plan is what we call a long-shot, right?”
I took our 14 year old to see it. She had never seen a Godzilla movie. And she liked it well enough but commented that it was cheesy. “Deep dish” was her phrase. She did tear up when Mothra got toasted."
So now I’m going to inflict War of the Gargantuas on her, heh, heh.
I got a kick out of one of the protesters early in the film marching with a sign that read “Destroy All Monsters.”
My main question, if they included benevolent kaijū, where was
Saw this with my 5 year old last night. He liked “Lava Godzilla”. I liked the big action scenes, it was a Toho production, slightly Westernized and with great special effects. They even had the old Godzilla music near the end when Godzilla appeared at the phalanx of the human forces.
Could it have been better? Maybe. But they did pack a decent amount of kaiju action in. And Fenway got toasted! Also Rodan was pretty cool. I would like to have seen that big Mastodon looking thing in action. All around pretty fun, I thought. The very end with the other monsters bowing down to Godzilla was beyond cheezy for me, but perfect for the 5 year old.
Was it better than the first one? The first one was more “force of nature” and I liked the Muto fights. This one was scaled up, and had Charles “The Golden Child” Dance in it. I think I’d watch it again.