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Godzilla (1998)

The enormous monster descends upon New York, and it's up to the Army and an odd team of investigators to unravel the mystery behind the incredible creature before it's too late.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 11
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Violent updated classic could be too intense for young kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Godzilla is the bombastic 1998 Hollywood blockbuster update of the 1956 Japanese film. This time giant Godzilla -- a mutated lizard created as the result of a French nuclear test -- roams Manhattan looking to lay eggs, destroying buildings and crushing cars in its path. Four French soldiers are killed by little Godzillas spawned from the eggs giant Godzilla lays in a nest at Madison Square Garden. The combined U.S. military forces, aided by the French foreign intelligence agency, deploy powerful weapons to subdue Godzilla (including bombs, air strikes, and torpedoes in the Hudson River), and there are lots of suspenseful chase scenes that could be too much for younger viewers -- with angry Godzillas chasing panicked humanity throughout the streets of Manhattan. There area a few jump-out-at-you surprises and many tense moments, and some smoking, particularly by the Frenchmen. Everything and everyone is super loud, but main characters somehow find a way to escape the gaping, drooling maws of the CGI monsters.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this 1998 version differs from the original 1956 Godzilla movie. What's most compelling, the story or the nonstop action?
  • If you're used to seeing Matthew Broderick in romantic comedies and quirky dramas, what do you think of him in an action movie loaded with special effects?
  • Why do you think so many movies have been made about the disastrous effects of nuclear testing?

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3 stars

Roland Emmerich's "Godzilla" is just a lot of stupid fun. What makes a film this stupid so enjoyable is that it's constructed like a theme park ride. It's got flashy special effects (for the 90s that is), big name stars acting like fools, a plot you don't have to think about, and plenty of giddy thrills. Like all of Emmerich's disaster pictures, "Godzilla" is mindless, silly, silly fun.

- stevenecarrier, Tuesday, October 12, 2010

4 stars

I see this is terribly underrated But let me give you the nice shock --- I LIKED THIS! Brilliant special effects and has several breath taking moments. Though I didn't liked the ending. Especially the fact that Godzilla died. And giving another twist at the very end, I expect this has part 2 or something? Haven't seen the Japanese version (and I see that is a really good one since everyone is sighing on this).

- 3niR, Thursday, October 7, 2010

2 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Friday, July 23, 2010