Sep 22, 2008

Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

Two years after the release of the original Gojira, Hollywood had the right mind to take the film and Americanize it. How else but to digitally crop in Raymond Burr from Rear Window fame and trash most of the already existent story line. The result was a blurred vision of what the original film was, but still retained some of the classic moods and action scenes, although the byproduct love story was initially cut and butchered leaving an experience you never knew you were involved with.

This needs no introduction. Godzilla is the spawn of the horrors of nuclear testing. I have recently devoted my time to tracking down all 29 Godzilla films so I can cover all of these epic Kaiju films. What was once a startling look at the horrors of humanity was resurrected as a all-out monster smashbang where the Giant with the biggest balls wins, and it is always Godzilla.

Godzilla incorporates an effect which will later be used by Steve Oedenkirk for the love-it or hate-it Kung Pow: Enter the Fist. Photo manipulation and translation problems are at the heart of this bastardized version. While I wish to expunge all my hatred on this film and the studio for diluting the amazing score from Akira Ifukube, I cannot bring myself to it. During my childhood, this was the only way I was able to have seen the "original" in a nutshell and I'm grateful to that.

Raymond Burr remains in a comatose state most of the film and brushes the way of a monster rumor. Once he encounters the legend, he simply stares devoid of any emotion or personality. Now that I think about it, he doesn't really have a character, He's just a reporter named Steve Martin. Lethargic to boot, he just spends his time off camera with the crowd and requests for translations.

As the story holds up, well, The film's eerie shot of two men underwater looking up at a ghostly silhouette of a massive creature resulting from a by-product of mankind still remains, and this remains one of the few classic scenes in any monster film. Godzilla and Gojira have it all, the tension, the sound, the suspense, and the earth-shattering destruction scenes that have made Godzilla so iconic. A masterpiece; simple as that.


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