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YMMV: Godzilla (2014)

  • Broken Base: When this leak of Godzilla himself was posted online, fans were split. Many believe he looks like he should and that he retains most of his most notable features. On the other hand many don't like the more "human like" eyes of the design, his small teeth, the sauropod-esque feet, and the gills on the side of his neck. Not to mention the mightily revamped sound of his roar....
    • When word came that Toho had seen the film before release and thought it was great, fans were split on whether that praise amounted to anything. Some fans thought that it was proof that the film would be great if the original makers of Godzilla thought it was so, while others pointed out that Toho have also put their seal of approval on lesser Godzilla films like All Monsters Attack and even (initially, at least) Godzilla (1998).
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Saying that this is a remake of the 1998 film doesn't sit well with Godzilla fans. Same thing goes for when journalists or critics say that the '98 film was "the last Godzilla film" until this one, out of apparent ignorance of the Millennium series.
  • Fan Dumb: There are some fans that aren't willing to accept that Godzilla will be rendered in CGI for this movie... despite the fact that CGI was used in Godzilla films plenty times before (certain shots in the Millennium movies, usually underwater ones, utilize CG for Godzilla, and Always Sunset on Third Street 2 renders Godzilla in CG for his brief cameo. There's also the 1998 remake, if you wish to be somewhat generous).
    • Several fans think that characters like Rodan and Mothra are in this film because of the monsters in the trailers, even though the director has stated that Godzilla will be the only returning monster from the Toho films.
    • The fans constant leaking of the trailer despite Legendary sending several cease and desist orders. Last time fandom did something like this, a DVD release nearly was delayed.
    • After some random Lebanese news website claimed that the second trailer would release either the week before or of Valentine's, Godzilla fans lashed out at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. (who never made any such announcement along those lines) when that turned out to be untrue, with accusations of Invisible Advertising being bandied about.
    • While there's nothing wrong with fans disliking the addition of gills to Godzilla's design, there are fans who claim that Godzilla doesn't actually have gills, despite the fact that this leaked image of Godzilla and other images very much confirm that, yes, he does indeed have them.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the earliest stages of the film, Toho required Gareth Edwards to have the film take place mainly in Japan. Edwards says that the Fukushima plant leak, which happened after this stipulation was given, made it where the team had to be extra careful in being respectful to the victims of that leak.
  • Hate Dumb: In parts of the globe where the Japanese flicks never quite made it but the previous US remake grew popular, many movie fans already decry the movie on the grounds that it tries to hearken back to the franchise's Japanese roots, giving the monster a design closer to its classic appearance, rather than going with the "Zilla" design again, which they see as a superior update. This of course ignores the fact that creating an adaptation more faithful to the source material was one of the main reasons for the movie's production, likewise that Zilla has since become to be regarded as a distinct character from Godzilla.
    • There are people saying that America will never get Godzilla's socio-political metaphors right, and that Godzilla is only Japanese.
    • Others still maintain that giant monster movies can be nothing but empty-brained trash-fests. While Godzilla has certainly become an emblem of such films, the '54 original, which this movie tries to stay true to, is not such a film. The movie is in general receiving lots of flak from those unfamiliar with the original, because some think it's a reboot/remake of either the 1998 movie (whether they loved or hated it, with fans of that movie still mad that this isn't its sequel) or of the cheesy but more widely known Godzilla movies of the '70s.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The casting of Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as husband and wife, considering the fact they were recently cast as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Especially when you remember Ultimate Marvel.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: It does star the Trope Namer himself, after all. The first official teaser trailer leans on this heavily: all it really reveals about the film's plot is that Godzilla's in it, he causes loads of destruction and this upsets and frightens many people (i.e. the simplest, most basic elements of a Godzilla story). This was tantalizing enough to shoot the trailer to more than 10 million Youtube views in a week.
    • Similarly, most fans didn't expect Godzilla: Smash3 to be particularly good when it was first revealed, but the game was still closely examined because it gave the best yet view of the new Godzilla design.
    • Among non-fans and even people who actively dislike Godzilla, Bryan Cranston has become enough of a draw for them. Jeremy Jahns mentions this in his review of the teaser:
      "Yeah, that was Bryan Cranston. Okay, well... I'll watch the movie. I was on the fence with the big lizard tearing shit through a city, but you bring in Heisenberg and — alright, I'm there."
  • Memetic Mutation: The ominous Oppenheimer quote ("Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds") has gotten juxtaposed against animated GIFs and other images of many of the sillier moments from the Showa films (for example, this image from Invasion Of Astro Monster, this image from Godzilla vs. Hedorah, and this image from Godzilla vs. Megalon).
    • There's this image of Giorgio A. Tsoukalos from Ancient Aliens making fun of people who were too quick to jump the gun as far as equating the Mutos with Destoroyah.
    • Already in the comments section for the trailers there are loads of comments on how Walter White/Heisenberg will face off against Godzilla, or defeat him using Meth and Ricin. Hell, there are even tons of comments theorizing that Walter White escaped to Japan and created Godzilla to kill Skylar!
    • This GIF of the very end of the second trailer, which shows Godzilla being viewed out of a door that is closing, has spread across the internet with various funny comments, usually along the lines of Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
    • Certain fans, joking at the speculation that the silhouette of what appears to be an airborne Kaiju is Rodan, have begun to argue that it really is the Giant Condor that inexplicably showed up in Ebirah Horror Of The Deep.
    • This video remixes the second trailer into one that paints the film as the "feel good movie of the year."
    • Others have synced the trailer to The Godzilla Power Hour's theme.
    • The Twitter hashtag "#demandtoknow" has been repurposed for some quirky contexts. This Cinema Blend article, for one, says:
    "At best, this is a legit scary movie. At worst, this is a borderline traumatic experience. Forget about WB and Legendary Pictures gambling with a hefty budget: is Godzilla gonna have to give us some therapy? #demandtoknow"
  • Money Making Shot: The end of the Nature Has An Order TV spot features a clear, if brief, shot of Godzilla roaring up into the sky in broad daylight. So far, this is the best view we have of Godzilla himself from the movie.
  • Narm: While not in the film itself, this particular poster - actually birthday party invitations - in the film's merchandise gives off a totally different vibe than the previews and trailers. Ain't no party like a Godzilla party!!!
  • Popularity Polynomial: After Godzilla Final Wars came out and the series ended, interest in the Godzilla franchise waned. This movie brought it back into the mainstream public consciousness.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: There are fans who don't like how they changed Godzilla's roar.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Although there is debate as mentioned above, a lot of people would agree the Kaiju king looks fantastic.
    • The shot from the trailer of the soldiers HALO jumping from a plane down to the burning city below.
    • The Visual Effects director (Jim Rygiel) did the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and will be doing the visual effects for this movie. That alone is proof.
  • Win Back The Crowd: Gareth Edwards and the rest of the film crew have made a special point of emphasizing how this film is more faithful to the Godzilla spirit than the 1998 film.

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