[Marxism] King of the monsters? | SocialistWorker.org
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Sat May 24 15:23:45 MDT 2014
Beyond the clumsiness of the film's nuclear politics, it relies on just
a few too many coincidences and easy outs--like the fact that our hero
just happens to be Naval lieutenant just back from a tour of duty whose
expertise is in ordnance disposal (which comes in handy when you might
have to deal with a nuclear warhead!)--and a few too many clichéd shots
of the awe-struck faces of children witnessing disaster.
None of this makes Godzilla an awful movie--just one whose plot holes
and failure to make use of its excellent cast keep it from being a truly
epic summer blockbuster.
So if you want to be wowed by some very cool monsters and kaiju battle
scenes, overlook the plot and give the newest Godzilla a shot. But then
be sure to watch the original 1954 Japanese film (not the American
reshoot starring Raymond Burr) and remember, as Annalee Newitz writes,
that "the greatest kaiju who ever lived will never truly go away. As
long as we face incomprehensibly huge disasters, we will need a metaphor
as big as Godzilla to bring them to life."
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