Infinite Hollywood wrote:
Ivo-goji wrote:I dunno, GMK's premise is that the events of G54 have been forgotten to the point that some of the younger generation consider Godzilla an urban legend, if that were literally the case than it's possible the Tristar film played out identically in GMK's timeline. People in Japan aren't certain if Godzilla ever existed and people in America have almost never heard of him; thus the American characters' reactions to encountering Zilla.
This.I mean, GMK's whole premise is that basically people forgot Godzilla's attack.
So it's certainly possible that Tristar Godzilla's timeline has the same issue.
And then GMK happens.
Doesn't seem hard to connect the three, IMO.
Obviously it was just meant as a throwaway line to poke fun, but if you rationalize it, based on how the people react to things in GMK, you can stitch the three together without having to do any heavy fanon lifting.
The reason why I like this film is that the overarching theme is a generational disconnect between the adults, who were kids during WW2, and the modern youth, who have no real understanding of Imperial Japan. There`s a large generational disconnect.
Godzilla can represent a lot of things, that don`t really conflict.
While whether individual members of the Japanese Imperial Army should get memorials, or simply not be forgotten, is an issue that I don`t dare touch. But the film addresses that Godzilla, is made of the Japanese soldiers that served their country in WW2. While what happened in WW2 is an atrocity, its important to remember a lot of Japanese youth were drafted into the army against their will. Godzilla in this sense, can be either viewed as nationalistic war criminals who seek revenge for being erased from history, or the youth and innocents that were compelled to join the army; or both.
Godzilla can also represent ignorance; in that many Japanese kids and youth don`t know much about WW2, and it strays into the idea that if you don`t know war you dont know true peace. It also stems into the idea that Japan is becoming at risk for super nationalistic tendencies rearing their ugly heads. That`s why I bolded the section about people forgetting Godzilla`s attack in 1954. If you take Godzilla as a representation for forgetting the Pacific War, and down the line becoming warlike or nationalistic again, the chance seeps in.
But Godzilla also works as a double symbol, with him being the Hiroshima bombing; that being if Godzilla, the bomb or the dangers of nukes are forgotten, then history would repeat itself. Despite nukes not really being mentioned in the film, the clearest shot of this being the case, is after Godzilla fires his beam and there`s a literal mushroom cloud.
The Guardian Trio can be many things. They can be literal nature gods, which ancient Japan, (and current), deeply cares about and is important. Additionally, since these monsters were basically defeated by old samurai warlords (when do we get that movie?) they can represent Japan prior to the Meiji Restoration. In a way they can basically be giving a big "skreeonk you" to the modern nationalism, because the OLDER nationalism and samurai era, which produced some of the worlds greatest art and literature, is stronger. Culturally, its saying "You don`t need imperialistic nationalism for a great japan; the land and culture was already great.
Yuri and the conflict with her father, which yes resolves at the end, ties into this all. The generational gap between those who grew up as kids during WW2 and the new kids.
If you want to take a stab at what Godzilla 1998`s relevance in the film is, while it`s clearly just a jab, in a larger sense it can also represent that Americans/Foreigners can and never truly understand Godzilla because they were never hit by the nuclear bomb.
The reason why I love this film so much, is that the symbolism is obvious to anyone paying attention, but you still get a poop ton of cool action, and the symbolism isn`t exactly 100% clear on what it is or isn`t. When Godzilla blows stuff up its still cool, and Ghidorah is still awesome. To be clear, anything I said now isn`t 100%, and I`m not saying they`re explicitly my own feelings or that they`re correct.