Thursday, 11 September 2014

Godzilla is an action packed thriller

What do you imagine in a typical Godzilla movie? Couple of researchers, lot of devastation and a lot of firing. Godzilla movies are also metaphor for 'man in awe of nature.' This is definitely a more sensible film in Godzilla franchise than the previous one. More sensible story in which Godzilla has been portrayed as a saviour relating more to later Japanese cultural beliefs. Radiation eating monster MUTO is the villain and Godzilla is the hero in this film. But this movie gives more screen time to MUTOs. It begins with MUTO and I thought it's Godzilla in a new design(obviously not paying attention to dialogues)--but later our hero arrives and gives the finishing touch!

The last movie showed just one monster species which was causing devastation. It had less intriguing premise than this one. Godzilla might be considered as a metaphor for many things. Lets see what Wikipedia article says about it:

Godzilla has been considered a filmographic metaphor for the United States, as well as an allegory of nuclear weapons in general. The earlier Godzilla films, especially the original, portrayed Godzilla as a frightening, nuclear monster. Godzilla represented the fears that many Japanese held about the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the possibility of recurrence.


In the film, when asked about the chances of alpha predator Godzilla overcoming TUMO, the lead researcher says to the admiral : The arrogance of man is in thinking nature is in his control and not the other way around. He believes that Godzilla is nature's way of restoring balance. This is an intelligent Godzilla movie. The focus in this one was more on the fight between Godzilla and MUTOs than on the fear and destruction of humans. 

Good Godzilla in this movie vomits fire like a dragon but he doesn't have wings. Godzilla--king of monsters is the saviour of the city! 

Wikipedia wrote: With the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Lucky Dragon 5 incident still fresh in the Japanese consciousness, Godzilla was conceived as a metaphor for nuclear weapons. As the film series expanded, some stories took on less serious undertones portraying Godzilla as a hero while other plots still portrayed Godzilla as a destructive monster; sometimes the lesser of two threats who plays the defender by default but is still a danger to humanity.
Godzilla is an above average thriller with many special effects. You find giant monsters who can fly, tsunamis and bomb blasts along with your hero Godzilla in this movie--worth watching I should say!

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