With yet another American remake of Godzilla coming next month, there will be a whole new generation of American moviegoers who will miss the point of Godzilla entirely. The original Japanese version of the film wasn’t a monster movie for kids. It was a serious tale for adults and an allegory about the consequences of nuclear weapons. Audiences weren’t supposed to cheer when Godzilla blew stuff up, they were supposed to feel a deep sense of shame and terror. The American film industry saw potential in Godzilla because of Hollywood’s “Giant Atomic Monster” phase, but they didn’t care for the anti-nuke themes, or the lack of square-jawed caucasian heroes. What was Hollywood to do? Continue Reading at TheaterForNerds.com.
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