A profile view of Godzilla from the Warner Bros./Legendary release.
Every week, Mashable presents “Let’s Talk About …,” a look back at the biggest WTF moment from the weekend’s new movies. If you haven’t seen the film, be warned: This doesn’t just contain spoilers — it's ALL SPOILERS.
This week: Let's talk about Godzilla:
Godzilla is loaded with cheer-worthy moments that shook cinemas across the U.S. all weekend long, but perhaps the loudest roar went up on Sunday morning, when Warner Bros. and Legendary leaked to the press that yes, the King of Monsters would be back for a sequel.
The “news” of Godzilla 2 was made even more obvious by the sight of the 300-foot ancient reptilian alpha predator slinking back into the ocean as the end credits rolled. Yeah, we cheered for that part, too.
But Hollywood likes to make things “official,” so after Godzilla hit $93 million at the domestic box office and marked the biggest international opening weekend of the year with $103 million, executives at the studios told their favorite trade reporters to go ahead and print what everyone knew: the big fella will rise again.
The marketing for Godzilla was great from the beginning — if a bit misleading. What looked like a dread-heavy disaster/horror film turned out to be a bloodless monster romp wrapped in a thin, flaky skin of character drama. The only thing that made little kids uncomfortable was the kissing between Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, and parents weren’t too keen on that stuff, either.
But all is forgiven. The rest was sheer fun. Once Godzilla got going, director Gareth Edwards (above) delivered on what we came for: Skyscraper-sized beats to whoop, holler and shake our heads at. Mashable got a visual on the seven biggest OMG moments from Warner Bros.' biggest three-day opening in the month of May:
Those [redacted] opening credits
A cover-up was afoot, right from the get-go: The cover-up of those redacted statements that wrapped around the opening credits, that is. They weren't visible long enough for the human eye, but luckily our friends over at Badassdigest.com know a guy who works at a movie theater who slowed it down and transcribed the whole thing.
They're mostly nonsensical references to things like mentions of dragons in the Bible and other Godzilla-related goodies — more silly fun than illuminating. And probably more than a few inside jokes.
That first roar
A chief complaint about Godzilla is that there’s not enough Godzilla in it, and that he shows up late. The latter part is true, but when he does, he inhales deeply, rears back and lets out that trumpeting bellow that’s little changed since the first Toho film in 1954 Japan.
It’s a great moment, one that inspired a man sitting near the front to cry out “GOJIRA!” at the screening I saw at the Chinese in Hollywood. That sent the crowd into a titter that swelled into a big cheer — and it was instantly one of my favorite moviegoing memories.
Godzilla let out his big blast three or four more times throughout the film, each a little bigger and louder and longer than the last ... and each worth the price of admission.
Well, sorta. Did you see the “Mothra” Easter Egg?
While father and son (Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor Johnson) are casing their now-overgrown former home in a quarantined zone, the camera sweeps across an old aquarium that appears to have once housed a metamorphosis-in-progress. Looks like little Ford Brody was observing a moth emerge from its chrysalis state, judging by the word “moth” scrawled on a piece of tape … which is covering up another, older label ending in “ra.”
The resulting word — Mothra — is a hat-tip to the 1964 Mothra vs. Godzilla, the first appearance of the villainous winged creature that may have inspired the MUTO, or Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms that inhabit the 2014 Godzilla.
MUTO sex is messy and awkward
Speaking of MUTOs, somebody put Barry White on the big loudspeakers because those things plain got it on.
With a male/female mating pair on the rampage, it was only a matter of time before babies came into the picture — we just weren’t expected that picture to be a squirming egg-sac hanging from the female’s loins. If the glowing bag of offspring weren’t too much information already, the male shows up and, after giving his mate a peck on the gooey, fang-encrusted mandible, offers her the gift of a nuclear warhead.
Now that's true love.
Godzilla is the good guy
By now, we’ve figured out that Godzilla is just here for the hunt – the MUTOS woke him up and now he’s not only in pursuit, he’s the humans’ best hope against them. But it wasn’t always that way: The first Godzilla film in ’54 portrayed him only as a rampaging menace; he comes ashore, wreaks havoc and goes back to his watery lair.
Subsequent movies had Godzilla playing the hero, taking out other, more malevolent beasties like Mothra and Rodan, while causing some serious collateral damage along the way. So we reboot the character arc somewhat in the middle; how they’ll raise the stakes for our now-hero remains to be seen.
Death by Blue Fire Mouth-to-Mouth
Godzilla purists had to be getting nervous during the first few battle sequences — had they really left out his atomic breath? But then, as the final battle got underway, Godzilla’s scales started flashing blue (just like in 1954). He drew a deep breath. He shimmied and reared back … and out came the fire.
The first couple of blasts did little but repel the MUTOs. But when it came time to finish off the big boss, Godzilla had had enough: He pried open its jaws and unleashed a torrent of blue fire into its mouth, a blast so intense that the monster’s head came clean off.
The crowd, of course, went wild — for what must’ve been the 10th time. Put enough fun, cheer-worthy moments into your movie and you, too, can have a crack at making another one just like it.