Although I am currently drowning in my studies for my final exams in the coming week, who would I be if I did not acknowledge this profoundly holy day. Today, May 20th, 2018, marks 20 years since the release of the 1998 release of TriStars "Godzilla", starring Matthew Broderick.
Often regarded as a huge misstep in the entire Godzilla franchise, what with it's radical redesign of the iconic King of the Monsters, and lackluster plot, Godzilla-98 will always hold a particularly special place in my heart.
I don't usually allow myself to get caught up in the hype surrounding a movie, even now, but the advertising campaign surrounding Godzilla-98 was something spectacular. The commercials, billboards, and secrecy behind the film really got me excited. I didn't know any other Godzilla fans at the time, so it felt like this film was made especially for me. I remember losing my mind when I saw the first teaser trailer. I couldn't wait!
1998 was really beginning to look like the year of Godzilla! I was so stoked. I bathed in the advertising and allowed myself to soak in the hype.
My opinions on the film though, well; I don't think the film is very good. It's not terrible, it's just kind of middle of the road. Most of my nostalgia for the film, and even Godzilla-98 itself as a character, is more attached to that time period. It really takes me back to my high school days, and to a time where I had to go digging for information on this new thing called "the world wide web". I can appreciate the film for its wanting to be different than any other Godzilla film, and to focus more on current events rather than the nuclear bombing in Japan, but it definitely took itself too seriously in its own ambitions. I think the film would be better regarded now if there was at least another monster in the film, or at the very least, a better ending to the film.
If I had the time to celebrate today more appropriately, this is how I would do it;
- Order some food from Taco Bell
- Watch "Godzilla" (1998)
- Watch the music video "Come With Me" by Puff Daddy
- Marathon as much of Fox Kids' "Godzilla the Series" as I could
Ultimately, my own wish is for all the hate for this film to subside in the Godzilla fan community. In recent years there's been a push back by fans of Godzilla-98, and I've joined that small legion.It's not a great movie, but it also wasn't the worst Godzilla film. It's a mediocre summer blockbuster from the late 1990's that spent more money than it should have, but it was also a really fun ride for Godzilla fans who have the right temperament.
If you still have hate for this flick, just get over it. It's a 20-year-old movie and we've seen plenty of newer Godzilla movies since then. No need to hold a grudge anymore.
As for me, I always keep a Godzilla-98 figure on my desk to remind me of better days.