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Your DEFINING Godzilla moment

Your DEFINING Godzilla moment

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TitanosaurusMember567 XPMay-22-2021 8:41 AMTeam Mothra

So it's been a while since I've posted any topics but seeing as these types of Topics seem to be very popular right now, why not throw my own little discussion topic into the mix. My question for all of you is what Godzilla's over 65-year history is THE defining moment/scene and why? To quickly explain, a defining moment isn't the same as your favorite moment (though they can be the same). It's a moment or scene YOU specifically would show someone who has never seen anything Godzilla-related before and say THIS is Godzilla.

 

Now I'm specifically talking about what defines Godzilla as a character and movie icon the best, but feel free to share your defining moment on any Godzilla-related topic like about a specific Kaiju/character, Era, time period or even the Kaiju genre as a whole! For me personally, it has to be the Atomic Death scene from Shin Godzilla (which is coincidentally also my favorite scene). Everything from the Music, the Visuals, the imagery, the symbolism and the fact that not only did they perfectly showcase how destructive Godzilla is, but also did it in a way that's it's both tragic and beautiful at the same time! It perfectly summarizes what I love about Godzilla and the genre as a whole.

 

I hope I've made my question clear enough but with that out of the way, let's discuss!

Long live the king...

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48 Responses to Your DEFINING Godzilla moment

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4922 XPMay-23-2021 12:21 AMTeam Ghidorah

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPMay-23-2021 12:32 AMTeam Ghidorah

G. H. (Gman)

I like that scene too, but it doesn’t seem like it defines godzilla for me. I guess I can’t say much about my scene either though, It’s just Godzilla getting out of the water

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst

Kattozilla

AnguirusMember1443 XPMay-23-2021 8:37 AMTeam Mothra

just gojira rolling out of bed lol

"Chokichokichoki!"

Jordan502

Mothra LarvaeMember94 XPMay-24-2021 6:17 AMTeam Ghidorah

I'd 100% go with when Godzilla defeats Orga, the victorious roar G does is just so beautiful. I even had it as a ringtone once.

Kattozilla

AnguirusMember1443 XPMay-24-2021 6:46 AMTeam Mothra

but yeah, i really like Shin's Atomic Breath scene. mixed with the beautiful score, and the slow opening of his mouth before suddenly, BOOM

"Chokichokichoki!"

sonictiger

GiganMember2110 XPMay-24-2021 11:01 AMTeam Godzilla

This isn't really a defining moment, but I really thought the score in GVK was just ok.  But fast forward the Hong Kong part of the score to 10:40 and listen till the end.  Absolutely a masterpiece by Tom Holkenborg even though Bear Mcreary did ol' Goji better.

"Look at us.  We are not heroes."

Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPMay-24-2021 11:09 AMTeam Ghidorah

Bear Mcreary Actually paid homage to the original themes and just remastered them. Tom Holkenberg just used the same types of chords but randomly not really seeming to care where it went

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4922 XPMay-24-2021 11:14 AMTeam Ghidorah

Holkenborg's a hack. He's just a sound engineer who got lucky and was promoted to composer who successfully wrote the worst score of the franchise. I'll take Riichiro Manabe's wonky, weird themes over anything "Junkie" has done. At least Manabe made some interesting sounds.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

sonictiger

GiganMember2110 XPMay-24-2021 11:24 AMTeam Godzilla

Ok, admit that there were some high points you MonsterVerse hater.  Mcreary succeeded at making an amazing score but never made a moving piece in the slightest.  The end of Hong Kong's score was moving being reminiscent of Stranger Things and The Snyder Cut and accomplished it's goal of being the end of a conflict.  It feels very similar to the end of G'14's score when Godzilla leaves to the ocean again. 

"Look at us.  We are not heroes."

sonictiger

GiganMember2110 XPMay-24-2021 11:25 AMTeam Godzilla

 And Back To The Ocean was a hauntingly beautiful piece in G'14's score.

"Look at us.  We are not heroes."

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4922 XPMay-24-2021 11:41 AMTeam Ghidorah

"Mcreary succeeded at making an amazing score but never made a moving piece in the slightest."

This is a contradictory comment, but given what seems to be your criteria for "moving piece":

Goodbye Old Friend

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPMay-24-2021 11:42 AMTeam Ghidorah

sonictiger

I like monsterverse but if you compare GvK’s Score to anything else in the series, it really just falls short. 

Bear Mcrearys score was excellent and did have original songs in it. The Memories of San Francisco being one of my favorite songs. The Ghidorah theme is excellent, though I do prefer this one. I don’t see not making a moving piece at all. Much of the score of KOTM is more emotional than GvK which even moments that try to sound meaningful just end up sounding like an epic part. It doesn’t really have any grasp on tone or quiet. The Quiet sections just sound like they were just lowered in volumes which defeats the purpose.

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst

sonictiger

GiganMember2110 XPMay-24-2021 11:42 AMTeam Godzilla

Well shoot forgot about that.

Honestly the scene overshadowed the score

 

"Look at us.  We are not heroes."

Kattozilla

AnguirusMember1443 XPMay-24-2021 11:45 AMTeam Mothra

ok so 'Goodbye Old Friend' may or may not make me cry

at least it makes me want to cry, so that's pretty impressive

the scene it's paired with just...*mwah* good. its very good.

"Chokichokichoki!"

Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPMay-24-2021 11:48 AMTeam Ghidorah

If you listen to the entirety of the soundtracks of both films, not just the kaiju themes you will notice some gaps in quality. 

Akira Ifukubes Theme is brilliant in the original film. Not relying on percussion and refraining from the common use of shepard tones that are used so much today to create the feeling of unease. And the piano used as a percussion instrument (which it is but isn’t typically used that way) is amazing

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst

Kattozilla

AnguirusMember1443 XPMay-24-2021 12:12 PMTeam Mothra

shepard tones hurt my head

they're like sound mandelbrot fracals

but i really like them because i'm the kind of type to like really weird stuff like that

"Chokichokichoki!"

Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPMay-24-2021 12:13 PMTeam Ghidorah

Kattozilla

They ruin my perfect pitch

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst

TitanMaster

Mothra LarvaeMember29 XPJul-21-2021 1:14 PMTeam Godzilla

Geez, where do I start...? The airport entrance in 2014 was intense, but If I had to pick a defining scene, it would be when he decimates Ghidorah in KOTM and then when the other monsters arrive and actually BOW TO HIM. What other Godzilla has had other kaiju bow and show their allegiance to him.

LONG LIVE THE KING!

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