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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Godzilla

    Surprised at how upfront the subtext of the film actually is! Honda's proto-blockbuster frames its monster-movie carnage against an ongoing discussion on the use of nuclear warfare to such a bold degree that it could almost be taken as a didactic cine-essay as opposed to a science-fiction fantasy. While smaller details of the narrative don't really hang together, the film offers a profound & deeply moral commentary.

  2. Connor S.'s rating of the film Godzilla

    The king of monsters is born in this movie and delivers a powerful punch. while the movie is slightly campy in nature, its to be expected in giant monster movies so the acting is the best you can find without having an actual monster attack your city. the plot is entertaining but its anti-war message is not lost throughout the entire movie.

  3. Samuel Spione's rating of the film Godzilla

    The Godzilla franchise, though way before my time, awakened my interest in film. The use of cheap practical effects to achieve insane, unrealistic scenarios was amazing to even a twelve-year-old me, and that fascination has continued to this day. However, none of the later films even approach the quality of the one that began the franchise.

  4. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film Godzilla

    Anything with Takashi Shimura puts a beaming smile on my face. Watched on 35mm at Prince Charles Cinema in London's West-End, and the size of Godzilla, the drama and destruction were amplified! I was frequently unnerved by the terror; often touched by the anti-nuclear sentiment. It's rewatchable, too.

  5. Mark Tallo's rating of the film Godzilla

    The original in Japanese was a totally different experience than the ones I watched growing up.

  6. Dan Kenneth Gigernes's rating of the film Godzilla

    Great social commentary about Japan's fears about total destruction - just take away the A-bomb and replace it with a monster. It has some memorable aftermath imagery that still deliver a punch and is excellent edited. The film is great but it feels copied to death even decades later - making the story a little too slow and predictable today. It is still a classic of it's kind though.

  7. Selena's rating of the film Godzilla

  8. Thomas Dods's rating of the film Godzilla

    The original godzilla is still smart and enjoyable and gives us a great view into the minds of the Japanese people on the immediate years after being victim of a nuclear bomb attack.

  9. FISCHER's rating of the film Godzilla

    Les explosions répétées de bombes nucléaires ont réveillé un monstre antédiluvien qui semble défier toutes les forces japonaises, par sa puissance et son invincibilité. Avec "Rodan", une réussite ! www.cinefiches.com

  10. Diderot's rating of the film Godzilla

    I'm no purist here. This one doesn't strike me as essentially better or worse than most of its later emanations, though the music is nice and I very much appreciate the melancholy and slowness of the final sequence.

  11. Nachtreich's rating of the film Godzilla

  12. Collin's rating of the film Godzilla

    The sound design remains extremely impressive, and the practical effects add a certain intimacy that isn't often gained from the modern use of CG.

  13. Mark O. Stack's rating of the film Godzilla

    Fear, anger, and confusion create a potent concoction that breathes atomic breath.

  14. Raymond Likes Subtitles's rating of the film Godzilla

  15. Nycto Nefelia's rating of the film Godzilla

    The story is very deep...about humanity...

  16. Morris Bros.'s rating of the film Godzilla

  17. correy baldwin's rating of the film Godzilla

    A classic worth watching. The monster is kind of amazing despite being so clunky and awkward. There's more story in it than expected, though I would have appreciated a stronger indictment of the nuclear age.

  18. emichan's rating of the film Godzilla

  19. Charles Coleman's rating of the film Godzilla

    Fine action scenes and special effects, lovely score but overall the writing was a bit too thematically didactic for my taste.

  20. Dan's rating of the film Godzilla

    No disaster porn here. There were actual humans involved.

  21. El Biffo's rating of the film Godzilla

    The original! NOT the recent remakes looking to make quick cash by exploiting this unrepeatable, clever and humane film.

  22. Michael Harbour's rating of the film Godzilla

    Suffers from a surfeit of characterization and, lacking that, would have benefited from brisker pacing. But GOJIRA's technical and thematic importance cannot be denied.

  23. Joshua's rating of the film Godzilla

    In some ways, I am completely let down. In others, happily amused and impressed due to its age.

  24. Invagination's rating of the film Godzilla

    Low production value aside, it's a really enjoyable film.

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