"To be or not to be…oh."
-Alien Warrior with Decapitated Engineer/Space Jockey head. Yes.
"Hey Dylan, are you a fan of the Alien films?"
You bet I am! All 4 of them!
This take seems to lionize the very thing the original Godzilla was trying to warn against, doesn’t it?
This is a good example of missing the point entirely. Godzilla was a metaphor for nuclear weapons - the idea that we had unleashed something in weaponizing the power of the atom that we could not contain, and that no amount of further weaponry could hope to defend against. I mean, there’s a reason all those tanks and jets and rockets can’t hurt Godzilla, folks, and it’s thematic, not biological.
Turning these same nuclear weapons (tests or actual use) into our attempts to defeat this beast which now appears to not be *our fault* is both deaf to the themes of the original and unsurprising.
It looks like they trying to go for a “nature’s revenge” angle, maybe. I don’t hold much hope.
Fuckers missed the point so hard they proved it.
^By standing the original message of Godzilla on its head, they’re furthering the commentary on human response to global threats, or just problem resolution in general. It seems that in this version, we found a global threat (Godzilla) and exacerbated the problem by trying to resolve it with one of our greatest technological achievements, i.e. harnessing nuclear energy. Our attempts to resolve the issue backfires and instead worsens it by causing Godzilla to go on his global rampage. This is simply a reflection of man’s ability to fuck up an already fucked up situation, thus putting the survival of the species in danger. Global warming, nuclear energy, genetic engineering. Whatever, pick your poison. We create a problem (Godzilla was dormant, we woke him up), try to fix it through nuclear weapons, which only make him angry, and make it worse (global rampage and destruction).
Also, I’m fucking sick and tired of the “Hollywood ruins everything” argument. The film industry is simultaneously art and commerce. You want more films to be made? Well, you’re going to need some fucking money to make it. People don’t work for free and the supplies aren’t cheap. You’re putting the “mythos” of Godzilla on a pedestal where it doesn’t belong. It’s a fucking story, just like every other story told in human history. Stories change over time - adapted to fit the audience, thus improving the story’s ability to reach its listeners.
And fuck the ridiculously erroneous statement that Hollywood regurgitates the same things over and over again, remaking films and making sequels because they’re out of original ideas. You’re ignoring so many great films that come out of Hollywood that aren’t a remake/sequel, as well as demeaning films that are sequels, remakes, or adaptations. Are you people forgetting that The Godfather was originally a novel, made a shit ton of money in 1972, and was followed by two sequels? A literary adaptation and sequel, Part II, is pretty much seen as one of the two or three greatest American films of all time, and no one bitches about that. I forgot, contemporary art is rarely appreciated because of the bullshit idea that everything that came before, anything that’s older, is therefore “better.” Golden age thinking. Go fuck yourself.
I think it’s interesting - and very telling about the Western mindset - that people assume trying to kill Godzilla with the atom bomb tests makes America look good.
Imagine this is a real thing that happened. We discovered a unique, possibly one-of-a-kind creature that is far larger than any other living thing, or even anything in the fossil record - a beast so big that it would literally redefine what we know about the biology of terrestrial organisms, since our current science states that it could not exist. We also discover the creature is able to survive levels of radiation that would kill almost all known forms of life (except for certain extremophile bacteria). By all accounts this thing is basically a living natural wonder.
And the US decided they need to kill it.
To accomplish that end, the US drops atomic bombs - the most deadly weapons known to man - on the creature while it’s out at sea, despite the fact that we know it’s resistant to them. These weapons poison islands and ecosystems and, because the US wants to keep it a secret, even some Japanese people. There is a good deal of collateral damage caused by our efforts to kill this miracle of the natural world, and it doesn’t even work!
How the fuck does this make us the good guys?
I mean, the only way the US comes off as noble from this is if you believe that killing, or trying to kill, anything that could possibly threaten the US is always justifiable and virtuous, which is, frankly, a fucked up mindset to have. It’s the kind of mindset the Godzilla movies have always challenged, in fact - except the terrible 98 remake, but let’s not talk of that.
I’m not saying the movie is definitely going to play up all the negative aspects of America trying to bomb Godzilla that I just listed, because all I’ve seen - all practically ANYONE has seen - is just a couple of trailers. But I think some of us G-fans are getting so protective of our cherished monster king that we’re leaping at shadows and looking for jingoism that may or may not exist, and that McCarthy-style viciousness is the kind of thing Godzilla opposes.
Don’t pick a fight with imagined enemies, guys. That makes monsters.
How is Godzilla not realistic if we basically have thousands of them? I’m sure those who are not fans or not knowledgeable* don’t get what I mean, Godzilla is basically a walking nuclear weapon, which mind you do exist. And if you look up on anything related to the subject, mainly Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and replace the bomb with Godzilla, really think about it.
Because there is no real difference.
Nuclear bombs and weapons exist and could strike at any time.
And is that unrealistic?
*Godzilla is the spawn of nuclear testing in his original origin, and was blatantly made to be a walking atomic bomb, right down to the blue-white atomic breath.
EVER has a right to touch you if you don’t want to be touched.
Not your husband. Not your fiance. Not your boyfriend. Not your partner. Not your friends. Not even your own family.
You are a person and your body is your own. And it’s a privilege if you allow someone to touch it.
A god damn privilege that can be snatched up and you don’t owe anyone a reason but that it’s your body and only YOUR body.
While I do agree with all this, shouldn’t it be changed to “Not your husband.” to “Not your husband or wife.” Along with the one that says “Not your boyfriend.” to “Not your boyfriend or girlfriend.”? I think so.
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