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Kavandclay -> Hold on! (23/1/2013 11:33:47 AM)

Compelling human drama... set in the Far East... involving a monster attacking the city... You're talking about The (wonderful) Host, right?




durelius -> (23/1/2013 7:50:36 PM)

Yeah the Host is great and I think the west have told a great story in Cloverfield, they are going to have to come up with something good to make this work, but hey they've got Frank Darabont on the task, that can only be a good thing.




jobloffski -> RE: (24/1/2013 11:38:34 AM)

Shame Darabont 'doesn't get' why Godzilla grew from horrific things happening to Japan (nuclear/mutation) and then in future films became Japan's defender.

What is that about if not 'what arises from the ashes of our nightmares is a monster that, if we survive it, becomes a source of strength in times of needing that strength'?

There is obviously no way that Godzilla would be anything but a monster originally, and nothing else would be tackled in a new takes first movie.But reclaiming symbols of fear and using them as a depiction of our strength is what we do as human beings,families, cities, nations.

Godzilla IS Japan, or at least the Psyche of post Hiroshima/Nagasaki Japan. That's the whole point. And harnessing Godzilla and being able to use him to defend Japan is totally, utterly, that which does not kill us, makes us stronger. Even if that is depicted as two blokes in monster costumes duking it out around a miniature city set.

But I am actually sure Darabont is well aware of this and is only playing the PR game for the benefit of the film being made, to counteract the memories of the most recent Godzilla that effectively was King Kong by the end and lingering memories of the diminishing returns content wise of Godzilla films of old. Also, to get into any real debate of why Godzilla went from monster to defender would be construed as 'anti-American' because such a debate would explore the consequences of dropping the nuclear bomb on a civil population and the lovers of the phrase 'anti-American' can't always discern between exploration of an issue and being unpatriotic.





Sotto Voce -> RE: RE: (29/1/2013 10:35:43 AM)


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ORIGINAL: jobloffski

Shame Darabont 'doesn't get' why Godzilla grew from horrific things happening to Japan (nuclear/mutation) and then in future films became Japan's defender.

What is that about if not 'what arises from the ashes of our nightmares is a monster that, if we survive it, becomes a source of strength in times of needing that strength'?

There is obviously no way that Godzilla would be anything but a monster originally, and nothing else would be tackled in a new takes first movie.But reclaiming symbols of fear and using them as a depiction of our strength is what we do as human beings,families, cities, nations.

Godzilla IS Japan, or at least the Psyche of post Hiroshima/Nagasaki Japan. That's the whole point. And harnessing Godzilla and being able to use him to defend Japan is totally, utterly, that which does not kill us, makes us stronger. Even if that is depicted as two blokes in monster costumes duking it out around a miniature city set.

But I am actually sure Darabont is well aware of this and is only playing the PR game for the benefit of the film being made, to counteract the memories of the most recent Godzilla that effectively was King Kong by the end and lingering memories of the diminishing returns content wise of Godzilla films of old. Also, to get into any real debate of why Godzilla went from monster to defender would be construed as 'anti-American' because such a debate would explore the consequences of dropping the nuclear bomb on a civil population and the lovers of the phrase 'anti-American' can't always discern between exploration of an issue and being unpatriotic.




I always thought that the reason for Godzilla becoming the hero of the franchise was a bit more pragmatic. People liked the character, they started skewing the movies more toward children, children don't really get the ambiguity of an anti-hero, so they made him the hero. Maybe that's not right, but either way I hope this new film and any sequels keep Godzilla a menace, although a menace we sometimes use to fight another menace.




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