Godzilla

Michael Chang, Staff Writer

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Godzilla is a 2014 kaiju epic that is the ninth installment in the critically acclaimed Godzilla film series. The film features a screenplay by Max Borenstein, and stars numerous well-renowned actors such as Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe. The film score was composed by Alexandre Desplat and was distributed by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. The film boasts a total running time of 123 minutes, and will be released to the public on May 16, 2014. As of now, the film is predicted to garner at least $500,000,000 out of its $160 million budget, and is predicted to be a massive success.

Post-production for the epic began in late 2012 and by September Legendary announced a theatrical release date of May 16, 2014 for the giant epic. On January 7, 2013, it was reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been looking at possible roles for the film, and three days later it was first reported that Legendary Pictures was interested in Aaron Taylor- Johnson for the lead role on the film. As filming approached, more news on the project was released, and in January 2013, producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison were dismissed from the project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the producers left over creative and financial differences with Legendary Pictures, and on January 9, Legendary Pictures filed a ‘Complaint for Declaratory Relief’ lawsuit against Lin, Lee and Davison in the California State Court to spell out any fees owed to the individuals. According to the complaint, Legendary had decided in the fall of 2012 to not employ the three as producers on the film amongst other things, but the three filed a counter-claim saying that the agreement cited by Legendary was not in force and that the original working agreement was breached by Legendary Pictures. Legendary appealed the decision and lost the appeal in March 2014, leaving the case in California Superior Court for trial.

By the start of principal photography in March 2013, Legendary formally announced the cast and producers with Alex Garcia, Kenji Okuhira and Patricia Whitcher formally named as executive producers. After filming started, Richard T. Jones and Sally Hawkins were added, and official principal photography began on March 18, 2013 in Vancouver, under the working title of “Nautilus,” with scenes shot at the Vancouver Convention Centre inside the BC Place along with several different locations. Further on-location filming was done in June and July 2013, and in an interview, Aaron Taylor-Johnson described the filming as mostly on-location, with very little use of green screens. He described the film crew as small compared to other films he has worked on in his magnificent film career and said the film seemed as if was an “almost independent production.”

Critical reception to the film has been generally positive with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 84%, with an average rating of 7.3 out of 10. The film currently garners a 59 out of 100 on Metacritic, and as of now, the film looks to be amazing. Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph gave it four stars out of five calling it “an amazing spectacle”, while IGN rated gave it 9.0. out of 10 saying “Godzilla is back”.Empire gave the film three stars praising the film making, noble intentions and “cracking” monster action but criticizing it for its preposterous premise and clichéd characters with its solemn tome saying “The story, for what its worth, is true to the 1954 original.” In the end, Godzilla is kaiju epic that shows that the King of Monsters is back.

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Godzilla