Godzilla (1954)

Hypothetical Netflix Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars

Oh no, there goes Tokyo, go go Godzilla! Okay, now that that’s out of the way, on to business. When I was a kid, my dad would put movies like Godzilla on and hit the mute button on the TV so that we could make up our own dialogue for the film. That made this the first time I’ve seen Godzilla and known what the fuck was actually going on; other than a grown man stomping on model building while dressed as a 150 ft. dinosaur of course.

Godzilla was produced by a little Japanese film studio you may have heard of called Toho Film Co. 1954 was a big year for them. Not only did they do Godzilla, the first major effects driven movie Japan made, but they also were the money behind Seven Samurai, a critically acclaimed movie white people just can’t stop remaking in the form of The Magnificent Seven which was first made in 1960, then later spun off into a TV series, and is now back in theaters again. The duel production of Godzilla and Seven Samurai almost bankrupted Toho Film Co., but their proverbial bacon was save upon both films releases. This film was also up for a Japanese Academy Award, but lost to Seven Samurai. Pretty good year for Toho after all.

For those who don’t know, Godzilla was created as an allegory for the destructive power of nuclear war. If you think I’m reaching to justify watching a grown man have possibly the time of his life crushing cardboard houses, I’m not. The films end very much states that this is a cautionary tale about nuclear testing.

The only thing really holding this movie back: it’s super dated, but in a good way. What really did you except from a 62 year old movie though? To spite that fact that you can tell what you are watching is fake, it’s still engaging because of the passion it shows. It’s not like The Last Heist where you can tell the intent of the film was to make its money back. Godzilla is one of those “for the love of the game” movies that you can tell the filmmakers were trying new and creative things to get what they wanted on film.

The plot was solid, though the third act solution to the Godzilla problem was to just throw a bunch of science words at it and hope the audience doesn’t think to much about it, which, come on, you kinda have to at that point.

The score for this movie, more so than any other movie I’ve reviewed thus far, is extremely memorable. It kinda looped in the back of my mind all day long along with Blue Oyster Cult. “History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man. Godzilla!”


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