Godzilla, King of Monsters!

So, I, rather famously, grew up as a big Godzilla fan, and with a new movie coming out (which I plan to see soon {watch for reviews if you’re unsure}), I figured I’d talk about the Godzilla canon.

Famously unread, maybe. When I was a kid, I slept ever night with a big plastic Godzilla. I’m not sure what drew me to this giant monster. May have just been I was crazy about dinosaurs. What kid isn’t?

Anyway, I have watched (and owned at some point) most every Godzilla movie between the 1956 American version of the original and Godzilla 1985 (a movie I’m struggling to find). I have always enjoyed the story, and a couple of years ago, I decided to rewatch the original Godzilla film. Despite the fact that Godzilla movies are fantastic B-movie fodder for worst movies ever lists, mostly for scenes like this, the original is actually a decent movie. Yes, the effects are pretty bad, given the time period, but it’s a smart movie that questions humanity’s use of super weapons, even in the face of massive destruction.

Canon? More like CAN’T … on. Hmm. Well, anyway, just like so many franchises, I feel like a few decent and interesting movies get tainted by a series of ridiculous movies. And the movies that I feel like deserve some consideration are the bookends of what I watched: the original, and Godzilla 1985. Why? Well, they make the most sense … or any sense. In the other movies, it’s like Godzilla is a different character, protecting Japan from other monsters (though if I remember right, Mothra protects Japan from Godzilla, but that’s an outlier). But which is he? Destroyer or protector? I feel like he can’t be both, and for that reason, I reject those other films.

Wow. Somehow, I’ve lost respect for you. As this new version comes out, yes, the effects will be better (though they were better in the ghastly 1998 version … buh), and yes, it will be less campy, but I hope that they will stick to similar ideas and themes. I would recommend, if you have not seen the older version yet, that you watch the original American version of Godzilla before you watch the new one. It’s available on Netflix, and it’s a fun watch.

Also, for some reason, I’m crazy about the Godzilla theme. It gets in my head. Give it a listen:

Godzilla's Theme by Akira Ifukube on Grooveshark

Anyway, watch the original. Give it a chance. I know most people struggle with the idea of old movies, especially black and white ones, and especially movies that seem so weird and goofy, but if you’re open-minded, I bet you’ll enjoy it. I’d love to know what you think … I can’t wait to see the new version. It looks pretty sweet.

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One Response to Godzilla, King of Monsters!

  1. Godzilla Kersey says:

    Apparently Godzilla 1985 isn’t on DVD yet, just black market versions. I also had a giant rubber Godzilla toy and watched 1985 over and over. Weird that there’s no official DVD yet. https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130319092435AAfRLGI

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