The military seeking to stop Godzilla are so bloodthirsty, dumb, and indifferent to Godzilla, and so ham-handed in their attempts to kill the lizard, that it was easy to root for Godzilla and his quick and cunning dodges and escapes, even when an entire attack submarine sinks in the Hudson River. Godzilla is practically martyred in his death scene, whimpering pathetically while strung up on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Most of the third act is a cheap remake of Aliens and Jurassic Park: baby Godzillas chase the cast through Madison Square Garden with some very dated late 1990s CGI. Considering the first Jurassic Park movie was made five years earlier, it's a testament to the shoddy workmanship of this film that it looks so much worse than Jurassic Park with so much more computing power at their disposal. (Hoyt's Falmouth Cinemas)
Also On Memorial Day, Through The Years
I have been to the movies on Memorial Day Monday 13 times in 24 years, but it's not a great track record.
- 2014: Godzilla
- 2008: Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- 2007: Pirates Of The Carribean: At World's End (the third one)
- 2006: X-Men: The Last Stand
- 2005: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
- 2002: Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
- 2001: Pearl Harbor
- 1998: Godzilla (yes I saw two different Godzillas on Memorial Day 16 years apart)
- 1997: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- 1996: Mission: Impossible
- 1995: Braveheart! I actually saw a Best Picture winner on Memorial Day!
- 1992: Alien3
- 1991: Hudson Hawk; perhaps ironically, the three Memorial Day movies with original screenplays were an Oscar winner, Pearl Harbor, and Hudson Hawk.