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Film Appreciation... Godzilla


He's the biggest, baddest, and meanest lizard this side of the Yellow Sea. Godzilla has (depending on the film) saved the world from impending doom from 3 headed monsters and brought large economic cities like Tokyo to their knees. He's an everyman's monster. He cares for the environment, doesn't like to be shot at, loves a good meal, knows the easiest shortcuts through any big city, and God bless him, in true American fashion, loves to be free above all else.

Why is Godzilla so popular with the people?
Does he have the smashing good looks of a screen star, is he the cutest cuddliest animal filmdom has seen, and does he care for us as much as we care for him? Well, no, of course not. If he was any of those things he wouldn't be the fire breathing monster we've come to know and love. All 400-feet of him walks big and acts big. He knows that if something gets in the way, destroy it and move on. It is this blind hate that makes Americans plop down their 7 bucks to see just what Godzilla will destroy without mercy next.

Unlike other creatures we have created, he isn't trying to save a lost love, destroy earth in order to suck up it's resources, or even just to feast on a group of scientists trying to update the beast into our environment. This is no monster in need of Freudian Analysis - just give Godzilla a pile of concrete rubble lying around his feet and he is happy. And as moviegoers we will keep right on rooting for him to destroy the next thing that gets in his way.

The Latest Godzilla Incarnation...
Hollywood is preparing to release yet another Godzilla film May 20. Unlike the previous incarnations (which were released in the U.S. in 1956 by Toho Studios - Tokyo for paltry budgets), this version from "Independence's Day's" Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich will come in for the monstrous sum of $120 million.

So I say if the new Godzilla is as popular as I think it will be, bring on the sequel because Americans will be craving more.

Other Suggested Godzilla Films...

"King Kong vs. Godzilla" (1962)

"Godzilla vs. Mothra" (1964)

"Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster" (1964)

"Godzilla vs. Monster Zero" (1965)

"Son of Godzilla" (1967)

"Godzilla vs. Gigan" (1972)

"Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster" (1971)

"Godzilla vs. Megalon" (1973)

"Godzilla" (1984)


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