Godzilla: Demolishing Tokyo, Uniting America?


Many have wondered where liberals and conservatives can find common ground. I have an answer for you: Godzilla movies. Me and my buddy, Dartanian can’t seem to agree on anything…except, you guessed it, our mutual love of Godzilla movies.

Godzilla is a cult phenomenon. Many have wondered what is it with Godzilla movies? Why do people like them? I think the appeal lies in the novelty of these flicks. There are lots of humorous little oddities which keep me and Dartanian coming back. Like the fact that the actors’ and actresses’ mouths don’t quite match up with the dialogue, for example. Even the dialogue itself is well….just plain awful. Most of the time, it’s over dramatized and poorly written ta boot. Consider the following lines from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. This first one falls under the “ambiguous instructions given a robot by those in a control booth” category.

“Mechagodzilla…Beat Godzirra to death!!!”

If that weren’t bad enough, in the following scene, one of our unlucky protagonists is looking for his companions inside a dark cave when he encounters a humanoid holding a ray gun and wearing what appears to be an aluminum foil suit. With a nonplussed expression, our hero asks the otherworldly visitor the following question:

“Are you a spaceman?”

You just can’t get quality writing like that here in the states.

This past weekend, I introduced my two young sons to the phenomenon of Godzilla. Together, we bonded over three different installments of the lizard who “loves taco.” We had the time of our lives. I mean what’s not to love? Space aliens, 400 foot critters of all kinds, destruction, mayhem, carnage, and a plot that even a four year old can follow.


~ by voidoid3 on June 21, 2007.

2 Responses to “Godzilla: Demolishing Tokyo, Uniting America?”

  1. Well, if you love Godzilla movies, you really, really need to purchase the video game “GODZILLA: SAVE THE EARTH” available on the PS2 and XBox

    You get to control Godzilla, in two variations and a host of other monsters, including Mechagodzilla, Ghidorah, Rodan, Space Godzilla and my personal favorite Jet Jaguar, the size-changing robot.

    This isn’t just a giant monster fighting game- it’s got some great touches. Not only can you pick up and throw building at one another, not only are there tiny specks of people to stomp as you wrassle your foe, but there is the occasional visit from the SuperX, to complicate matters.

    The game has a playable storyline, where battles build to a final battle, or you can just rampage along freely, picking and choosing who you want to bash, playing as Godzilla or whomever you choose.

    And, it’s not just Japan you get to stomp, a variety of world cities are present, with my favorite being the opportunity to smash the TransAmerica building in San Fran.

  2. i grew up with godzilla and the idea that somewhere in the asian countries there were monsters that rose above the tallest buildings, wreaked havoc at will, and in the end, destroyed the bad guys and saved the planet from destruction one more time. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, the heroes of our youth.

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