Just saw it a second time; actually enjoyed it more now that I could relax and know exactly what I was in for as opposed to the first time when I was a bit nervous they'd mess it up somehow.
And holy smokes, I underestimated just how chockablock this film is with homages and references; I caught a bunch more this that I missed on my first viewing, such as:
- At the start of the film with the protests calling for the extermination of the kaiju, one sign reads "Destroy All Monsters", the name of the 9th Godzilla movie, from 1968.
- Monarch's flagship the Argo is the name of the ship in Jason and the Argonauts, whose characters also fight a many-headed serpent monster. Dunno how I missed that first time round!
- On the map of the world showing the locations of the monsters, there's one at Loch Ness in Scotland.
- I noticed Godzilla's and Mothra's themes the first time around, but a few bars from other musical themes from the classic movies also play in a few scenes, such as "Requiem" from Godzilla vs Destoroyah, and Michiru Oshima's main theme from the 2000/2002/2003 films.
- The old photo of Dr Chen's grandparents is labelled "Infant Island, 1961", which is the year and fictional setting of the original Mothra movie.
- One of the newspaper clippings from the end credits says it's written by "Steve Martin", the American reporter from the edited US version of the original Godzilla movie.
I know I'm geeking out but as a fan I just love that they included so many of these little easter eggs.
Last edited by curl-6 - on 09 June 2019