I am looking forward to seeing the recent version of Godzilla with Brian Cranston (2014), I thought it would not be a bad idea to watch the 1998 version with Matthew Broderick, each time I see the trailer for the 1998 version with the old man fishing on the end of the pier and Godzilla rising from the water I forget what a pile of sh*t this movie was.
Everyone loves Broderick from Ferris Beullers days off, but in this role he is anxiously boring, if he walked into a room you would not notice him he so forgettable, his love interest in the movie fits into the same bracket, so forgetting about the romance in the film you are still stuck with a hundred foot monster walking the streets, the CGI effects are not very believable, before long you feel like you are on a ride at Universal studios.
Even the fabulous Jean Reno cannot save the day, he offers a certain amount of charm but it is lost with all the crap that is going on around him.
Best trailer to one of the worst films ever made!
Interesting facts –
In a television interview, Matthew Broderick said that the entire cast were given wet suits to wear underneath their costumes while filming in Hawaii. He was upset because his wet suit zipped up in the back, which made it difficult to put on every day. One day during a break in filming, he was talking with co-star Hank Azaria, who had his shirt off, revealing a wet suit that zipped up in front. Broderick remarked, “Oh, your wet suit zips up in front.” Puzzled, Azaria replied, “They ALL zip up in front.” Broderick had been putting his wet suit on backward every day.
The film’s first teaser trailer began appearing in theater a full year before the film was released. The trailer contained a shot of Godzilla’s foot coming through the roof of a museum and crushing a T-Rex skeleton. This scene was cut from the final version of the movie. It cost $600,000
The film created quite a backlash among the fan base of the original series. The fans conceived a nickname to distinguish this film from the original: G.I.N.O., which is an acronym for “Godzilla in Name Only,” indicating their despise for it.
Halfway through a screening, Kenpachiro Satsuma, who played Godzilla from 1985-1995, walked out, saying “It’s not Godzilla. It doesn’t have the spirit.”
The original plans called for two sequels to be produced. These plans were scrapped due to the poor reception of this film.
At the 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards, the film was nominated for five Razzies, including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. It took home two overall for Maria Pitillo as Worst Supporting Actress and for the film as Worst Remake or Sequel.