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  • The king will rise
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Character: Elle Brody
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Written by: Max Borenstein, David Callaham
  • Produced by: Yoshimitsu Banno, Alex Garcia, Kenji Okuhira
  • Cast Members: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe
  • Released date: May 16, 2014
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
  • Duration: 2h 3m
  • The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

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      • Released in 2014, the original film's 60th anniversary.
      • In the Brody home, in 2014 Janjira, a terrarium can be seen with a roach crawling on it, labeled "Mothra."
      • Guillermo del Toro was considered to direct, but he was busy with Pacific Rim (2013).
      • Gareth Edwards described Godzilla as an anti-hero. "Godzilla is definitely a representation of the wrath of nature. The theme is man versus nature, and Godzilla is certainly the nature side of it. You can't win that fight. Nature's always going to win, and that's what the subtext of our movie is about. He's the punishment we deserve."
      • Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen play husband and wife. They play brother and sister in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
      • Despite being the title character, Godzilla appears in the film after nearly one hour, and is only in the film for eleven minutes.
      • Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were all Gareth Edwards's first choice for their respective roles. According to Hawkins, "He comes from the performance first, rather than how it looks. I never expected I would be cast in a film like this - and that's all thanks to Gareth. His cast is really unusual and interesting, and people you wouldn't normally see in this type of film, and I hope it makes for a different type of monster film."
      • The movie was so successful, that two sequels were green-lit only two days after the premiere of the film.
      • Shortly before release, many Japanese fans began to complain that Godzilla was "too fat." Many American fans retaliated with anti-fat shaming comments. The cast was even asked about it during the Hollywood premiere. Most of them joked about the fiasco. Luckily, there have been reports of other Japanese fans defended the design, stating that Godzilla actually looks, "proportionate," explaining that he would need a big torso to hold up his own weight.
      • Legendary Pictures commissioned conceptual artwork of Godzilla, consistent with the Japanese design of the monster. The artwork was used in an augmented reality display produced by Talking Dog Studios. Every visitor to Comic-Con 2012 received a t-shirt, illustrated with the concept art. When viewed by a webcam at the Legendary Pictures booth, the image on-screen would spout radioactive breath, and Godzilla's distinctive roar could be heard.
      • The film takes place in 1954, 1999, and 2014.
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      • At the premiere of the film, some Toho executives and staff members were said to have broken down in joy at the portrayal of their property Godzilla in this film.
      • One of the main criticisms of Godzilla (2014) was the lack of Godzilla himself, despite it having over twelve minutes of screentime (this is one of the highest amounts of screentimes for Godzilla in a Godzilla movie). Many people criticized this “teasing” as boring and unfulfilling, while others praised its holding back of the monster as references to how the shark from Jaws (1975) was teased until the end.
      • Globally, the movie performed relatively well at the box-office, and with film critics. However, in several countries, usually where the Godzilla franchise is not well known by the public, it under-performed in both areas, and is regarded as a failure. Some movie fans speculate that this might be the result of Godzilla’s (and, in general, monster movies’) obscurity and/or unpopularity in these countries. Although Roland Emmerich’s previous American adaptation of the franchise, Godzilla (1998), was seen as a box-office failure in the United States, it was a smash hit with audiences in certain international markets, so its success could have directly caused the failure of this movie. In a nutshell, audiences in certain countries wanted more of Emerich’s version, with many people falsely thinking that his was the original Godzilla movie, and that Gareth Edwards’ film is a badly made remake of it.
      • The first installment of the MonsterVerse.
      • There are certain similarities between the reception of this movie and the franchise’s previous American installment, Godzilla (1998): both have had significant second week drop-offs in their attendance (about sixty percent in the U.S.), and when taking inflation into account, their box-office totals are also similar. Yet this movie is still regarded as a success, due to its stronger opening, for being better received by most critics, and for revitalizing the Godzilla franchise for the fans, though not necessarily for the public. In comparison, the 1998 adaptation had a significantly weaker opening, its inflated budget and expansive marketing meant that it had overall less profit, and it was a merchandising disaster in the U.S., forgotten by the public, and hated by fans. Interestingly, in some countries, these figures are reversed: the 1998 version became a success, and built up a fan following, and this movie is the one that “failed”. It was made on a budget of one hundred sixty million dollars, earned just over two hundred million dollars in the U.S., and over five hundred million dollars worldwide. Not bad for having “failed”.
      • This film was released in the United States by Warner Brothers beginning in May 2014. The only other Godzilla film they distributed was 55 years earlier, starting in May of 1959, when they released the second Godzilla feature under the title “Gigantis, The Fire Monster” (1959).
      • Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lawrence, Aly Michalka, Imogen Poots, Margot Robbie, Emilia Clarke, and Emmy Rossum were considered for the role of Elle Brody.
      • The film’s budget was more than the 1998 film’s entire domestic gross.
      • Two major scenes were shot inside the newly rebuilt B.C. Place, in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
      • From the “Timing Is Everything” department: though it’s hard to tell which experience actually happened first, going by Release Date alone, this film marks the 2nd time Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson have worked together. In uncredited roles, they played brother and sister at the end of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” which premiered just a few weeks prior to the premiere of “Godzilla”. This also means both have a presence in two movie universes: Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
      • When Brody was waiting to make his jump he took out a picture of Elie and Sam. The picture had a white border on all four sides, and a serrated edge on the top. The white border and serrated edging Is from the Forties to late Sixties. Modern photos no longer have these features.
      Spoilers The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
      • The movie takes many plot elements with Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott’s script for a 1994 American version, which never got made:
        • An opening segment, set in the past, during which one of the main character’s parents is killed. The story then jumps ahead to the present time, to show the surviving parent obsessed with solving the prior mysterious events.
        • Godzilla travels to San Francisco, destroying the Golden Gate Bridge.
        • Ancient enemies are reawakened.
        • Godzilla battles a flying monster, which he hunts to kill.
        • Godzilla blows his atomic breath into the enemy monster, decapitating it.
        • It ends with Godzilla returning to the sea.
      • Many sequences in the trailers were different in the final film. For example, the shot of the shelter doors closing while Godzilla fights the flying monster showed only Godzilla in the trailer.
      • This is the first American film where Godzilla is a heroic character, in keeping with his evolution from a villain to a hero in Japan.

      • Elle Brody: [as Ford leaves for Japan] You know you're only gonna be gone for a few days, right? And then you are gonna come back to me.

        Ford Brody: Yeah. Yeah.

        Elle Brody: It's not the end of the world.
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    Project Videos

    “Godzilla” – International Featurette
    A collection of featurettes that was released in Asia.
    “Godzilla” – Caring About the Characters Featurette
    Elizabeth talks about caring about her character, Elle Brody, and...
    “Godzilla” – Making It Realistic Featurette
    A featurette about how to make the monsters and battle...
    “Godzilla” Making of & Behind the Scenes
    Parts 1 and 2 of "Making of Godzilla" and behind...
    “Godzilla” – Elizabeth’s Scenes – Clip 2
    SPOILERS: Elle and her son are trying to reunite with...
    “Godzilla” – Elizabeth’s Scenes – Clip 1
    SPOILERS: Ford, a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer, returns...


    The project began as an IMAX short film in 2004 but was transferred to Legendary in 2009 to be redeveloped as a feature film. The film was officially announced in March 2010 and Edwards was announced as the director in January 2011. Principal photography began in March 2013 in the United States and Canada and ended in July 2013.

    Principal photography began on March 18, 2013, in Vancouver, under the working title of "Nautilus," with scenes shot at the Vancouver Convention Centre, inside BC Place, and at Hi-View Lookout in Cypress Provincial Park, West Vancouver (as San Francisco's Bay Area Park). This was followed by filming in the Richmond neighborhood of Steveston. A large battle scene was shot on Moncton St, involving approximately 200 soldiers and many military vehicles. Another scene was filmed at the fisherman's wharf along Finn Slough. Additional shooting took place on Vancouver Island, around Nanaimo and Victoria in British Columbia. Additional filming involving extras took place around industrial areas of Coquitlam, British Columbia. The scenes at the Convention Centre stood in for the Honolulu and Tokyo airports, while other locations in Vancouver were used to simulate scenes in San Francisco, Tokyo and the Philippines. Filming also used the stages of Burnaby's Canadian Motion Picture Park, (CMPP) where crews built a San Francisco Chinatown street, a giant sinkhole set used for the Philippine mine and the MUTO nest and a 400 feet (120 m) section of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Chinatown street was built on the site of the New York City set built for the Watchmen film. Further on-location filming was done in June and July 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii. On June 2, 2013, over 2,000 people applied at an open casting call in Hawaii to be cast as extras. Eastern Oahu was used as a double for the Marshall Islands.


    Godzilla had its world premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on May 8, 2014. Godzilla received wide release worldwide in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D beginning May 16, 2014. In the United States, the film was given a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for "intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence." The film was released in China on June 13 and in Japan on July 25, 2014.


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