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.