Godzilla (2014)

Synopsis. Nuclear testing awakens an undersea beast that threatens the city of Tokyo, California. The creature is dubbed “Godzilla’s Monster” for its discoverer Dr. Lloyd Godzilla (Bryan Cranston).

Trivia

  • Director Gareth Edwards expressed a lot of enthusiasm in remaking Godzilla, saying “I could make a way better Godzilla movie than those stupid old ones. I mean, the first one wasn’t even in color. I turned it off.”
  • The original screenplay included the twist ending that the monster intended no harm, and just happened to be walking near buildings being demolished for safety reasons.
  • The motion capture for the monster was provided by Greg Waterford, a 500-foot-tall actor.
  • Director trademark. Character looking up and accidentally swallowing their cigarette to indicate awe.
  • To cut costs, many of the destruction shots were recycled from 2013’s Pacific Rim. This is why the university research facility looks exactly like Gipsy Danger.
  • Slide whistle sound effects and comical horn honks were added to each on-screen death to help avoid an R rating.
  • Director trademark. Character quipping “That’s gonna leave a mark” after witnessing the trampling death of 80,000 civilians.
  • The monster’s only spoken line, “What hath God wrought,” was voiced by Anthony Hopkins in an uncredited role.
  • Director trademark. Protagonist’s ability to draw a 140-meter-tall monster’s attention by shouting “Hey, down here!”

Mistakes

  • The University of Phoenix does not offer a Leviathanic Sciences doctorate program.
  • Plot hole. The attempt to explain how a creature of this size could move when out of the ocean is nonsensical: air is not “another kind of water.”
  • Having been in hibernation for “millions of years” and never having encountered homo sapiens before, it seems unlikely that the creature would come to a populated area specifically to eat children’s brains.
  • Remiss ratio. Even with its size, the creature does not possess the arm span necessary to punch the moon from the sky.
  • It would take more flour than currently exists on Earth to bake the giant croissant scientists use to lure the creature onto the booby-trapped ferris wheel.
  • Motivation mistake. In the attack helicopter, Sgt. Griff Maximum (Hugh Jackman) shouts “Looking for me, ugly?” The monster was not looking for him.
  • A 30,000-square-foot rope net would be much too large and heavy to fire from the barrel of an L96A1 sniper rifle.
  • The monster has an impossibly huge stride, as indicated by it standing in London, then taking one step to reach New York. Yet somehow Elle Brody (Elizabeth Olsen) is able to outrun the monster, saying “It’ll never catch up to us, thanks to the 2014 Honda CR-V’s superior traction control.”
  • To ensure racer safety, ESPN would have likely cancelled the motocross event rather than continue the race on the monster’s back after it walked through the X-Games.
  • An animal would have no reason to evolve hit points.
  • Crossover confusion. Dr. Lloyd Godzilla uses an Aperture Science portal gun to safely escape debris from the collapsing hospital. The portal gun is never mentioned again.
  • The scientists never settle on a classification for the creature, based on dialogue like “it’s like a gecko, it’ll just regenerate forever” and “time to show that giant fucking bird who’s boss.”
  • It is never explained how it was possible to stop Godzilla by uploading a computer virus.
  • After-credits scene. It would be physically impossible for Godzilla to mate with a household iguana.

Memorable Quotes

Dr. Lloyd Godzilla. This is like the line from the Bhagavad-Gita, times ten billion. “I am become Ultra-Vishnu, destroyer of giga-worlds.”

Sgt. Griff Maximum. Maybe we can kill that thing from the inside.
Elle Brody. You’re insane. We have no idea of that thing’s internal structure —
Sgt. Griff Maximum. I saw that thing gobble my hometown and fart out my high school. If it can fart… that means it has a butthole. If it has a butthole, then it has a tummy. And if it has a tummy… we can give it a tummyache.
Dr. Lloyd Godzilla. He’s right. By God, he’s right.

Otherling Elder. We call ourselves the Otherlings. We are the Men who came Before. Thousands of years ago, this beast laid waste to our civilization. But our surviving ancestors hid on its back, and built new cities. There, we were able to thrive.
Dr. Lloyd Godzilla. So that’s what happened to the neanderthals.

Elle Brody. There’s enough meat here to feed the world’s population ten times over. And its corpse is full of enough healing compounds to usher in a new age of medicine.
Dr. Lloyd Godzilla. Sounds like it was worth it losing the moon.