Godzilla (1998) (part 1 of 10)

The Cast of Characters:
Godzilla (1998) (part 1 of 10)Dr. Niko “Nick” Tatopolous AKA “The Worm Guy” (Matthew Broderick). A biologist studying radioactive, mutated earthworms for the government. Enlisted by the Army when a giant lizard starts stomping all over New York.
Godzilla (1998) (part 1 of 10)Audrey Timmonds (Maria Pitillo). Plucky assistant to a TV news anchor. Romantically involved with Nick years ago. Siezes on the destruction of New York as her opportunity to finally get in front of the camera. In other words, the female version of Aaron Brown.
Godzilla (1998) (part 1 of 10)Philippe Roache (Jean Reno). French secret agent who walks around acting all French and secret agent-like. France’s nuclear testing has created a giant lizard and he needs Nick’s help to stop it.
Godzilla (1998) (part 1 of 10)Victor “Animal” Palotti (Hank Azaria). TV news camerman, but you knew that already, because only cameramen can be named “Animal”. Works for the same station as Audrey, and the two fame-whores get right in the middle of attempts to defeat the giant lizard.
Godzilla (1998) (part 1 of 10)Sergeant O’Neal (Doug Savant). Utterly incompetent soldier who heads up the Army’s efforts to destroy the giant lizard. After he’s done, New Yorkers will wonder if they were better off with the lizard.
Godzilla (1998) (part 1 of 10)Godzilla (Himself). Giant mutant lizard that tramples all over Manhattan. He enjoys nights on the town and long walks in the rain. Very, very interested in starting a family. And ladies, not only is he single, but he’s the only one of his species.

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  • drdvdplayerhandbook

    I remembert George Ebert being dissapointed at his “parody” not being eaten by the monster and called it a “missed opportunity”. He was right, of course. The entire purpose of the character was to show the movie producers’ despise for Ebert and they wasted it.

    And yeah, it irritated me how we couldn’t actually tell if Godzilla was breathing fire or not.

  • Elfshotthefood

    My main problem with this movie is that they made Godzilla too much like a real animal: hiding most of the time, and running away when he gets attacked. Most of the destruction is caused by military incompetence, not Godzilla.

    Kind of the opposite of Toho Godzilla, really.

  • Sophonisba

    The one thing I thought they might do (and really wished they had done) was to have the original Japanese guy muttering “Gojira” to be the logical result of having his ship be destroyed by a giant dinosauroid in the Pacific Ocean (I know *I’d* be thinking “Gojira/Godzilla,” and J. Random Crewmember isn’t necessarily going to be enough of a /kaijuu eiga/ fan to know which monster[s] this one’s closer to), and the American media jumping on the name and running with it despite an e.mail explosion over how little resemblance Palotti’s footage bears; it would probably have been a funnier background running joke than Nick’s name, anyway.

    Oh, and when my sister and I saw it in the theater, we were sadly and vocally disappointed that he didn’t end up with Red-Headed Chick (who was on the competent end for characters stuck in this movie, and not doing her best to produce a flawed Hildy Johnson impression and make us wish we were watching /His Girl Friday/ instead).

  • Draco

    My problems with this movie:
    1. No Godzilla
    2. Zilla was born
    3. Dedicated to Tomoyuki Tanaka and it doesn’t even have Godzilla in it
    4. Zilla(the kaiju in this movie that is mistakingly called Godzilla)is not destructive
    5. Zilla is supposed to be Godzilla but doesn’t have any of his characteristics(none, no atomic breath, no invulnerability, no regeneration)
    6. Zilla is killed by missiles
    7. Zilla has babies
    8. Zilla is scared by gunfire
    9. The creators of the movie try to prove Zilla is Godzilla and fail miserably by making cars expload and trying to pass it off as atomic breath
    10. Zilla is a lizard but looks more like a dinosaur than a lizard(and yes those are two different things, dinosaurs aren’t lizards, look it up)

  • Tim

    I just wanted to comment on page 8: there is no such thing as a heat seeking torpedo. Torpedos are generally either guided by sonar or remotely controlled by the sub. Either of which would allow them to track Godzilla (I don’t know enough to comment on the accuracy of the rest of the scene, though). Water is basically opaque to infrared light, so you can’t make an underwater heat seeking anything.

  • Actually, in reply to your penultimate paragraph, they do go check in MSG for remaining eggs, in Godzilla:TAS, which is widely considered much better than this movie.