GuardianGhido wrote:Well you do make some compelling points, but I guess it's more up to personal interpretation whether one considers Ghidorah overly malicious or just an incredibly aggressive animal. I myself notice a lot of malevolence coming from him, but that might not be the perception of everyone which is perfeclty fine. It's why a lot of these monsters actions and behaviors are shown and not told, so that we might think for ourselves on what they actually mean. It's also a part of what makes these giant monsters so unique as characters, instead of being humans that openly convey all of their thoughts and motivations through speech and relatibility, we have to read between the lines to understand what the monsters are thinking, and even then, not all of us would find the same meaning. In this case, I'm just going to agree to disagree. I respect the opinion of thinking Ghidorah is an animal with no real malice, but I personally feel differently. No offense or provocation intended if I came off that way, just saying we have differing opinions on the matter and I'm OK with that.
Thank you for the friendly discussion though, it's nice to participate in a civil and compelling discussion on matters we disagree on instead of tossing jabs back and forth like what usually happens in this forums. I really appreciate that.
Let me also thank you for the discussion and say you've been nothing but civil. I was just surprised and puzzled at the first posters response to my inquiry.
That said, I want to emphasize one thing here; I'm not wanting
to think of Ghidorah as just an animal without malevolence. The reason I brought this up in the first place was because I felt that there was a distinct dissonance between what we were told and what we were shown. We're told that Ghidorah is evil but from what we see from his actions in the films, he didn't do anything that was that different from just another aggressive monster. You're absolutely correct in that it's very difficult in portraying a creature that isn't human or have easily read human qualities as evil. This means that the writers of the story need to think out of the box in showing such a thing. I feel that this just wasn't exemplified very well in this particular film.
So while I know that Ghidorah is usually depicted as an evil and malicious creature (like many here, I'm a lifelong Godzilla fan or at the very least, ever since I had consciousness of myself so I'm definitely no stranger to the films) if that isn't shown in the film or it's just indistinguishable from several other monsters and then I'm told to think he's an evil being or that he has some master plan, I just start to question that.
Smuggers wrote:Yeah, a lot of the stuff said on this topic reminds of people who are convinced that their dogs smile at them or that certain animals play with their food with malevolent intent. It's just projecting human qualities on an animal--one that isn't real in the first place to be sure, but I don't think it goes as deep as some people think. Ghidorah is clearly meant to be bad but he's not a cartoon character.
This is one of the reasons why I brought this up since I read it often but I just wasn't seeing it anywhere for the most part. Again, I know he's supposed to be the devil in terms of evil kaiju but I just wasn't seeing it to that high of a degree.
Well, it seems this part of the discussion has just about ended. I just hope this is sorted before the new film comes out. Though I will say that this was never
a huge issue for me at all. Just something that I found really curious and a *bit* weird. There are other things that I want them to pay a lot more attention to.