“Godzilla 2” Writer Claims It Will Be Bigger and Better
Max Borenstein, one of the screenwriters of Godzilla (2014), said the following about Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla 2, “The response to the first film was really exciting, but now that that world is established, we can do bigger and even better things. We’re really stoked.” What reaction Borentstein is referring to is unclear as audiences were largely divided on the monster movie reboot: it has a 67% fresh audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.5 IMDb user rating. Godzilla made $528 million worldwide on a $160 million budget, but if the sequel is not considerably better, it will make substantially less in America. After all, out of its $200 million gross in America, nearly half of that came on opening weekend.
The most reassuring part of Borenstein’s quote is that Godzilla 2 will be “bigger.” Bigger sequels are rarely better, yet Godzilla 2 needs to be bigger than Godzilla to be better. The first film only featured one fantastic monster fight and a lot of teasing shots of Godzilla. While the special effects were fantastic, the screenplay was lacking and the characters were all one dimensional. In fact, the only interesting character in Godzilla was Bryan Cranston’s Joe Brody, but he was killed off far too quickly and no other character took up that mantle. Because the screenwriter and director both worked on the original, it is unlikely that the characters will be much better. That being said, if this sequel features enough great monster action sequences, then audiences may be more forgiving of the screenplay’s shortcomings.
Godzilla 2 is set for release on June 8th, 2018. Are you excited for Godzilla 2? Do you want to see more monster fights?
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