Somewhat surprisingly, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, starring Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler knocked Disney’s Aladdin from the top spot at the US box office.
Despite its top spot status, the film is receiving some mixed responses, with many analysts expressing disappointment with the remake. Overall reviews have been mediocre for the film, which cost a hefty $200 million to make.
The new iteration of Godzilla is the box office debut for Stranger Things actress Millie Bobbie Brown. The film is centred around a group of eco-terrorists who steal a sonar device created by scientist Emma (Farmiga) in order to control Godzilla, with her ex husband (Chandler) recruited to help track down its whereabouts.
Karen Krizanovich, film critic, expressed to BBC News: “Godzilla is one for fans only… ignore the human story and marvel at the monsters, great aeroplanes and fab supporting cast.
“Godzilla physically is his largest… and in every film iteration he grows bigger. The film was disappointing, but it was Gojira and it’s still a great franchise, if only to hear his signature roar.”
Fellow critic Jason Solomons added: “The brand is still strong in that kids everywhere want to see Godzilla. And while this instalment is a mess on screen you get the feeling everyone’s waiting for the big contest of Godzilla vs Kong, which is coming soon…
“So as a filler, this does a job, but it should also serve as a lesson in getting the tone right – it needs more B-movie corniness – and in knowing that all anyone wants to see is monsters clashing, not humans whining.”
Not all critics have been as understanding about the new representation of the cult classic, with Simran Hans from The Guardian giving the film a one star out of five and describing it as “beastly in all the wrong ways.”
Empire Online writer Ben Travis also expressed dislike, stating: “What you’re left with is a catastrophically dumb, thunderously boring blockbuster as numbing and unsatisfying as the worst Transformers movies – even one hilariously nutty sub-aquatic development can’t liven things up.”
Certainly a divider of opinion, the original Godzilla (or Gojira) came from Japan in 1954 from Studio Toho, with the USA remake released two years later.
A variety of remakes and spin offs have followed suit ever since, with more in the pipeline as we speak – as Godzilla vs Kong is all set for release in 2020.
With already a wealth of creative diversities surrounding Godzilla, along with a hardcore cult fan base in the US, Japan, and beyond, it isn’t surprising that the latest take on the classic is receiving such mixed responses.
That being said, with its place at number one, it must be doing something right.