three wrote:And why does this matter? People have been complaining that we as America's took the creature from the land it hand meaning to and made it a tool for profit. At least now there's a tie in to a major event in American history that makes Godzilla both a threat and relevant to our culture, which it arguably was not before.
It matters because the nuclear age, and the new dangers that it introduced to the world, are universally applicable. Japan may have been the primary victim of humanity's nuclear excess, something that was well-represented in the original film as well as some others, but Godzilla has an international relevance precisely because the threat of annihilation posed by the instruments forged during the atomic age has the potential to effect all mankind. The fear of a nuclear holocaust may be one with which Japan is most intimately acquainted, but all the world has feared it at one time or another.
Further, considering past us - Cuban relations, it does have a bit of a nuclear theme.
The connection between the destruction of the Maine and the Cuban Missile Crisis is a tenuous one at best, conditional on all sorts of events in the US, Cuba, and elsewhere that were only tangentially related, if at all, to the actual sinking.