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YMMV: Godzilla (1998)

  • Americans Hate Tingle: The film was very much hated in Japan as much as it was in America. Kenpachiro Satsuma claimed the monster does not have the "spirit" of Godzilla. Despite that, the irony is that...
  • Awesome Music: David Arnold's score is praised by even those who don't like the film, starting with the main titles, with a theme worthy of Godzilla himself.
  • Critical Dissonance: Despite being ridiculed by most, in theaters it made nearly three times what it cost to make, being the third highest grossing film in the world that year. The director has commented that out of all the films he directed, it was the one which parents told him their children enjoyed the most.
  • Critical Research Failure: The US Army inquiring what a Frenchman is doing at the scene of the clawed freighter. The problem? It's in Tahiti, a French overseas territory. The US troops are the ones who shouldn't be there. No wonder the French sent their secret service after them.
    • The Apache helicopters featured here have inaccurately portrayed and bizarrely out of place weapons, while neglecting to use several real Apache armaments that would actually be quite hand in such a scenario.
    • Theropoda Allosaurus is just unbelievable. The evidence gathered has clearly indicated an animal many magnitudes larger than any Allosaurus, which maxed out at around 30 feet in length. What's more, specifying "Allosaurus" among other similarly-sized therapods is ridiculous, because there's no certain way to distinguish between different therapods within the same size range based on footprint alone. The idea that any real paleontologist would say or suggest such a thing is complete nonsense.
    • In the opening montage of French scientists preparing for a nuclear test on one of French Polynesia's islands, iguanas can be seen swimming in the ocean. The problem with that is that true marine iguanas are indigenous only in the Galapagos Islands, which is about 4,200 miles to the northeast. Fiji, 2,200 miles to the west, is the only other island in that area to have iguanas, and all three species they have are land iguanas.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Animal and Phillippe are considered by quite a few as one of the few redeeming aspects of the film. Zilla herself developed into this after she was retconned into a different kaiju from Godzilla by Toho.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In countries that have never localized the original movies, it's not uncommon for movie fans to regard this rendition of the Godzilla character as a classic, whereas the Man in a Rubber Suit approach (or even the basic design of the monster) is often treated as a joke, and the Japanese films are likewise mocked. Got a little weird for the fans who were only familiar with the 1998 film when the 2014 film came along and got accusations of They Changed It, Now It Sucks from these viewers despite that film going out of its way to advertise how much more faithful it was to the original Japanese source material.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: At one point, Caiman describes Zilla's actions as "the worst act of destruction since the [1993] World Trade Center bombing!". Ouch.
  • More Popular Spin-off: Godzilla: The Series, specially since the "son of Zilla" acts like Godzilla.
  • The Scrappy: Audrey. Given that her relationship with Nick already ended because she chose her career over marrying him, the fact that she proceeds to do so again by betraying the top secret information to the press, effectively ruining his career to further her own, means that the audience has no idea why Nick wants her back at the end of the film.
  • Special Effects Failure: For starters, the lighting on Zilla always looks off (which is why Zilla is always obscured by nighttime and rain), and very little water splashes when she seemingly falls to death on the Hudson River.
    • The scale is completely off, with Zilla seemingly changing size compared to the surrounding buildings throughout the film. The worst being when she can only fit her arm into a tunnel during the cab chase, when her entire body earlier fit into what looked like a smaller one.
  • Squick: According to the audio commentary, the special effects team gave Godzilla female genitals.

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