Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.


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6 responses to “Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) – Review”

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  6. Dang

    Of all the modern Godzilla films, Final Wars is easily the most deserving of a North American theatrical release, but it doesn’t surprise me a bit that nobody picked it up. Mainstream audiences and critics are more than willing to take movies that are 90% CGI seriously, but man-in-suit effects are still widely seen as a joke. I point to Godzilla 2000, the most recent Godzilla movie to get a North American theatrical release, as evidence. This was a flawed but good Godzilla film, miles better than the 1998 atrocity; but while it did get plenty of positive reviews (71% Cream of the Crop at Rotten Tomatoes), most of them were unsurprisingly of the cowardly “I only like it because it sucks” variety. Still, considering the profit to be made from releasing an already-made film (according to Box Office Mojo, Godzilla 2000 made $10 million in American theatres from a $1 million investment), and the fact that Dragon Wars somehow managed to get an American theatrical release, it’s surprising that no American distributor ever takes a chance on any of the Godzilla movies.

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