ARCHIVE Day 26: Go Go Godzilla!

Reminder: This is the best Godzilla Movie

Well, there goes Tokyo.

Today, I’m just gonna ramble about my favorite kinds of movies: giant monster movies. Films like Pacific Rim (which just got a sequel), Gamera, King Kong and of course: Godzilla. Who doesn’t love to see this guys on screen?

Well, probably people in 1998 and 2005. Monster movie fans will understand.

But seriously, cheesy as these movies are, the best ones are the ones that make you think. Films like the original King Kong, 1954 Godzilla and Shin Godzilla, etc. are easily some of the best movies ever made. Because they don’t just have two guys in rubber suits pounding each other over and over (even though that is fun to see). They use the monsters as a metaphor for natural disasters.

For example, in the original Godzilla movie, every detail of the monster was meant to mimic the Hiroshima bombing. Even his skin was meant to look echo radiation scarring. He was a radioactive walking metaphor.

Unfortunately, people outside of the monster movie circle often look at these and think ‘Well, that just looks like a cheesy popcorn flick’ instead of seeing the hidden brilliance. It’s understandable, but it’s frustrating nonetheless.

I blame 1998.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

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