This take seems to lionize the very thing the original Godzilla was trying to warn against, doesn’t it?
This is a good example of missing the point entirely. Godzilla was a metaphor for nuclear weapons - the idea that we had unleashed something in weaponizing the power of the atom that we could not contain, and that no amount of further weaponry could hope to defend against. I mean, there’s a reason all those tanks and jets and rockets can’t hurt Godzilla, folks, and it’s thematic, not biological.
Turning these same nuclear weapons (tests or actual use) into our attempts to defeat this beast which now appears to not be *our fault* is both deaf to the themes of the original and unsurprising.
It looks like they trying to go for a “nature’s revenge” angle, maybe. I don’t hold much hope.
Fuckers missed the point so hard they proved it.
You know… I would just like to throw it out there that Godizlla is not now, nor was it ever, high art. Nor were its themes particularly deep or… useful or… relevant to us today.
The original Godzilla movies push the sort of Frankensteinian, “man’s woeful hubris” luddism that’s popular in a lot of science fiction, but it is inexorably of its time. It was the 50’s. Everyone was freaked out. Less so now. It’s been seventy years and against all odds, we have not gone to nuclear war. I think humanity deserves a small pat on the back for that.
But again, it is of its time, and times changed. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the tone of the Godzilla and the function of Godzilla within these narratives changed once Japan started using nuclear power. Hmm, maybe this nuclear business isn’t so bad after all! Japan is now the third largest producer of nuclear energy by capacity in the world.
And coincidentally, suddenly Godzilla was Japan’s helper, friend to the animals! Why he even had babies, and said babies befriended children! And his major adversaries became other mythical creatures, robots and space monsters. By the end of his run, Godzilla hadn’t been the bad guy for a long time.
What I’m saying is, I don’t think the message of the original Godzilla is integral to the franchise. Nor was it particularly a GOOD one, but that’s just my opinion- I can’t stand hubris luddism narratives. Regardless of the eventual quality of the film, I don’t think anyone “missed the point” - they’re ignoring it because it doesn’t reflect the world anymore.