Godzilla (2014) Pitch Meeting | Screen Rant

In the latest episode of Screen Rant’s Pitch Meeting series, Ryan George imagines what (probably) happened during the creation of 2014’s Godzilla.

Screen Rant’s latest Pitch Meeting takes on the very first MonsterVerse film, 2014’s Godzilla. This week brings the long-awaited release of Godzilla vs. Kong, the biggest event yet to hit Legendary’s shared universe. For the first time since Toho’s 1962 film King Kong vs. Godzilla, cinema’s two biggest monsters will go head to head in a massive brawl. Both Kong and Godzilla have starred in their own MonsterVerse installments to build up to this moment, and it still remains to be seen where they’ll go next, if they will at all. Nevertheless, early reactions for Godzilla vs. Kong is so far positive, and it has already rolled out in select international markets.

Before Godzilla vs. Kong reaches the United States, it’s fun to take a trip back to where it all began. The MonsterVerse first started in 2014 with Godzilla, an updated take on the iconic Japanese monster directed by Gareth Edwards. The film saw Godzilla go up against MUTOs, or Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms, who are wreaking havoc against humanity. Generally, Godzilla was met with positive reviews, though the film was criticized for giving the titular Titan a small amount of screen time and focusing instead on less compelling human characters.

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Those particular complaints get special attention in Screen Rant’s Godzilla Pitch Meeting episode. Ryan George imagines what must’ve gone down in the Warner Bros. offices when the film was being created. From the surprise over the lack of Godzilla action shots to the digs against the humans, those who have seen the film will surely get a kick out of the video. Check it out down below.

The Godzilla Pitch Meeting also points out how wild it was that Bryan Cranston’s Joe was killed off relatively quickly, since Cranston was easily the biggest name in the film. One has to imagine that the studio executives were shocked when Edwards and screenwriter Max Borenstein suggested the plot point. Joe’s death gave way for his son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) to move to the forefront of the film, though some might question whether that was for the best.

When looking back on Godzilla, it’s rather interesting to see how far the MonsterVerse has come. Though it doesn’t have as many movies as other major franchises, it has still managed to build up excitement for Godzilla vs. Kong among audiences. The early reviews have been largely positive, and Godzilla vs. Kong‘s international box office numbers suggest a solid run is ahead, which is definitely needed after the pandemic ravaged the entertainment industry. Godzilla had some missteps, but it helped open the door for this week’s cinematic epic, and that’s pretty special.

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)Release date: Mar 31, 2021

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