Godzilla, King of the Monsters! Reviews
Maybe I'll grow to like the other ones more, this one wasn't what I expected. At least I only paid a dollar for it.
Created from the nation's fear and anxiety over what had happened to them at the end of the Second World War, Godzilla becomes the perfect metaphor for death and destruction that man can and has inflicted on himself. Also, is it just me or has Godzilla never been scarier? Seriously, the man in a suit look has never been particularly horrifying. Yet the stark black and white and atmosphere really sell it. Seriously, the fact that almost never see his eyes in it give him an aww inspiring quality to him.
It's often remembered as the best in the franchise and it's not hard to see why.
Well, it's because the Japanese want to sell the movie to americans, like toyotas and they need an american guy to do it, you might answer. You got the answer partially correct, the problem is that I was looking at a very old VHS tape of Godzilla - it was called just "Godzilla" apparently, back then - and the producers listed on the credits are all guys, from Hollywood, who produce the usual, traditional Hollywood products. I guess Toho films is like one of those offshore bank accounts. A more likely reason that Hollywood decided to go to Japan to make it's monster movie, is that if you're a girl, like me, you'd know that us girls do not like to buy our handbags from designers from the US. We like to buy them from France, or Italy or...I guess that's it France or Italy, anyway it's the same thing with guys: wouldn't you rather have a Ferrari than a Corvette? So these Hollywood guys must have thought, maybe the same thing can work if we take your average run of the mill monster movie, make an identical monster with a different, Japanese name, and give it the full Japanese monte. And you know what? It worked, Hollywood has made some dough off ole Godzilla. Of course they could have just imported a Japanese movie...but for me there's that sticky problem of the credits on the ole VHS box.
Incidentally, when they decided it was a hit, and re-released it back to Japan, they edited out all of the americanisms.
What's true is that if you look at the tv schedules of any tv station anywhere in the world, you will see that 75% of their programming are american tv shows from one of the big american tv networks.
Hollywood is the capital of the world's cinema, there is practically nothing - movie wise - besides Hollywood.