For A Few ‘Zillas More
May 21st, 2014
Some random (spoilery) bullet points that I neglected to mention in my review of the 2014 Godzilla:
- Trailers often feature shots that don’t make the final cut, but this is the first time I’ve spotted one that was recomposited to disguise its true nature. In the trailers, Elizabeth Olsen catches a glimpse of a roaring Godzilla between a pair of closing doors, but in the film she sees him fighting one of the Mutos.
- Everyone seems to have spotted the Easter Egg of a masking tape label on which is scrawled the word “Mothra.” So far, I haven’t read any mention that Mothra herself (or, at least, a moth with suspiciously similar markings) is depicted on a classroom poster.
- Godzilla’s new origin–that he hails from a time in prehistory during which creatures had evolved to absorb the greater amount of background radiation–is a prime slice of Silver Age science. That befits a character spawned in the 1950s, but it puts the lie to the notion that this is a more grounded, realistic Godzilla.
- I’m glad to see the return of Godzilla-as-metaphor, but his new post-Atomic Age meaning is vague. They seemed to be going for a theme previously summed up by the lyrics of Blue Oyster Cult: “History shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man.” I found it a little weak; while the nuclear plant disaster evoked Fukushima, its cause wasn’t human hubris or error, but rather a big, fucking bug.