three wrote:wouldn't it then be equally tasteless to make use of Godzilla as a nuclear allegory? that did kill thousands and influence a century a political decisions, wars, economics, and culture. lets not overblow the use of the Maine here.
No, for several reasons:
The main difference is that Godzilla being a nuclear allegory is just an allegory. He didn't cause Hiroshima or Nagasaki to occur, it was things like that which caused HIM to appear. Everything Godzilla does is fictional.
Another is that it's just weak. It displaces blame from humans onto a benevolent monster. One of the big themes of Godzilla is that mankind is incredibly self-destructive; we learn to split the atom, and use that knowledge to create bombs that will kill each other. We then start creating bigger and bigger bombs that will kill ourselves even more. It's humanity's fault that humanity dies. By saying that "Godzilla did it", it completely erases such meaning, which was a huge part of the original Godzilla. Not to mention, the entire original film was built around the very basis of the nuclear allegory, took itself very seriously, and properly developed all of it's themes without the need for extensive, last-minute poop world building that contradicts everything else in the film.
Third, and the biggest problem for me, personally, is that it's contradictory to the movie's portrayal of Godzilla. The movie itself specifically states that Godzilla is a force of nature that exists to balance the world. Evil occurs (the MUTOs attack) and good will balance it out (Godzilla defeats the MUTOs) and returns the world to a neutral state. It portrays Godzilla as a hero, complete with a triumphant scene at the end where everyone cheers as he returns to the ocean while a screen in the background calls him our savior.
And then it turns out that Godzilla caused the Spanish-American War. Wow, what a hero that is. What force of evil was he balancing out when he did that? Was there just too much good going on in the world so he had to start some poop? Does he just do whatever he wants to? Are the writers horribly incompetent and don't know a thing about Godzilla? Do they even care?
The whole idea just reeks of awful to me.