GODZILLA GOOD!

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GODZILLA (click to see Wikipedia link) was a good enough film.  After feeling let down about Spiderman 2, GODZILLA (click to pick a roar) was a blessing with a clear story about a monster who saves the day?  Yes, this is a feel good movie, sort of.  Had no idea GODZILLA was a good, boy, monster.  I thought “it” was a black and white larger than life Non-gendered Tv Monster terrorizing cities.  Every time GODZILLA appeared, the crowd was in awwww 🙂 and clapped a few times, especially when he won the big fight. 🙂

GODZILLA, especially the original, was “portrayed as a frightening, nuclear monster”, a “symbol for nuclear holocaust” circa 1954.  GODZILLA represented the fears that many Japanese held about the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the possibility of recurrence”.  “It culturally identified as a strong metaphor for nuclear weapons”.  Original producer Tomoyuki Tanaka stated that, “The theme of the film, from the beginning, was the terror of the bomb”.

The original plot tells the story of “a giant monster mutated by nuclear radiation, who ravages Japan and brings back the horrors of World War II‘s nuclear devastation to the very nation that experienced it first-hand”.  So I didn’t imagine that GODZILLA WAS going to be a good monster.  GODZILLA changed into “a less destructive and more heroic character as the films became geared towards children” in the 90’s in the United States. GODZILLA has been “portrayed as a protector of the world from external threats and other times as a bringer of destruction”.  He still holds the stigma in Japan.

GODZILLA remains “one of the greatest fictional heroes in the history of film, and is also the second of only three fictional characters to have won the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded in 1996″.  GODZILLA’S A STAR!!! 🙂 GODZILLA was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004 to celebrate the premiere of the character’s 50th anniversary film Godzilla: Final Wars“.  Now, GODZILLA apparently does commercials 🙂 Hehehee 🙂  GODZILLA’S a franchise with 28 films under his belt, so I mentioned him 28 times because he IS justly a cool symbol of world peace 🙂

thCA4S99D7GODZILLA didn’t show himself much in his 2014 film (he’s gun shy apparently lol) … Thank God there was a developing story, though he wasn’t the main figure, even if his name is in the film’s title … uhh, hum (clear throat).  GODZILLA’S A STAR and can do what he wants dammit.

Thank God the story was endearing.  It dealt with loss, love, justice, and MUTO’s.  MUTO’s?  Yes, MUTO’s.  There were 2 of them, other unidentified monsters featured, who wanted to mate badly but GODZILLA killed them.  The girl “MUTO” had a belly of radiating babies, literally … kinda spooky.  Truthfully, when the MUTO’s enter the movie you don’t know they are NOT GODZILLA and at some point the 3 monsters seriously need name tags.  I guess, GODZILLA had to fight something, so they introduced other monsters identified by wings, no wings, and GODZILLA being the larger more scaley one.  The MUTOS, you must stare at them with a big grin :))) as you think, “hey! they’re derived from insect – roach drawings”.  They are Very cool and definitely computer generated–a long way from a small clay toy used back in the day or a guy in a costume.  🙂

GODZILLA’S face was too small with a small tongue, I thought, but if any bigger he would have been a dinosaur and not GODZILLA Hahhahaaha.  His look has changed throughout the years (read more in the first GODZILLA link), but he is always stronger than any opponent, especially if they wake him up from a deep sleep (a decade’s worth)–like the MUTO’s did–to threaten his supply of radiation which is his survival food.  YUK!  Not a healthy diet and probably the reason GODZILLA goes dormant for decades under the sea and emerges moody – depressed.  I’m not a doctor, but GODZILLA’S diet seems poor in nutrition.  Hence, he wakes to kick ass and save himself and in the process humanity–to an extent, because many buildings fall when he is woken up.

The acting was good:  Bryan Cranston, from Breaking Bad and Kung Fu Panda, Juliette Binoche, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor, from Kick Ass and Savages, and then we have the delightful Japanese actor Ken Wantanabe, who gave us the authentic, old fashioned, Japanese expressions and stares of traditional Japanese tv and movies, and he reminds us that GODZILLA IS a just nuclear bomb baby creation, a “filmographic metaphor for the United States, as well as an allegory of nuclear weapons in general”.

Other reviews and critics aren’t wrong and just in wanting more GODZILLA and older actor airtime, it would have been nice (HE IS THE STAR) but the younger actors were sweet and the script was a good, congruent story.  We should plan a few parties to watch all 28 GODZILLA’S.  What do you think? 🙂

 

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2 thoughts on “GODZILLA GOOD!

  1. I am so glad you reviewed this film as Godzilla has always been my favourite monster. I was so pleased when I heard last year that another film was being made featuring Godsie (that’s what I call him!). As for watching all 28 films? Well, if there is a party as well, then count me in!

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    • I wish we could see all 28 films together, with Charlie, and other friends, but it would take at least a week and we’d have to be geographically situated. It was a good thought. Kim and Kanye are wedding now for like a week in Europe; they relocated their friends to Italy for the event, right? IDK, but if I had that kind of money, I’d get us to a villa for 2 weeks and host that Godzilla party. I’m curious to see his transformation, personalities, and storyline through film. Thanks Hugh! Good to hear from you 🙂

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