Godzilla 2000 Make all the cheesy-giant-monster-movie jokes you want. At a matinee of Godzilla 2000 , I listened as the audience cheered the Toho Pictures logo ,… Godzilla 2000 Make all the cheesy-giant-monster-movie jokes you want. At a matinee of Godzilla 2000 , I listened as the audience cheered the Toho Pictures logo ,… PG PT99M Sci-fi and Fantasy Takehiro Murata Naomi Nishida TriStar Pictures
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'Godzilla 2000' (2014)

MPAA Rating: PG
EW's GRADE
B

Details Rated: PG; Length: 99 Minutes; Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Takehiro Murata and Naomi Nishida; Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Make all the cheesy-giant-monster-movie jokes you want. At a matinee of Godzilla 2000, I listened as the audience cheered the Toho Pictures logo, and the movie stays true, with a kind of demented affection, to the atomic age pop that inspired those cheers. Once again, the image of a man in a rubbery, barnacle-skinned dinosaur suit stomping an insanely detailed miniature Tokyo lands on an imaginative fault line somewhere between tackiness and awe.

The Godzilla films are really ingeniously thrifty spectacles of scale, and this one is most arresting when the great nuclear beast is glimpsed in the water from far above, as he's bombarded by missiles, or when he's battling a spaceship that's like a giant aerodynamic bedpan. It must take teams of writers to come up with dialogue that hits the perfect note of gee-whiz ineptitude (''Did you see that flying rock go by? It's unbelievable!''). Then again, the dubbing could make Shakespeare sound brain-dead. B

Originally posted Sep 01, 2000 Published in issue #557 Sep 01, 2000 Order article reprints