Living Corpse wrote:I think we are seeing that we can't have our cake and eat it too. Some fan prefer a hero Godzilla, and that's fine. But the character was originally made as a tragic villain who represented the horrors of war. I think it's not impossible, but really hard to balance Godzilla being a hero and still acknowledge that nuclear weapons are pretty much one of the closest things we have to a weapon of "evil". In some ways it probably would have been easier to keep the theme of nuclear war is horrifying had they made Godzilla how he was advertised in the marketing of G2014, a global threat.
I think they could have gotten away with not using nukes and letting Godzilla heal on his own with the natural radiation he found with the uranium deposits in his lair. A sort of nature strikes it's own balance as the films keep bringing up. But of course they had to add a line of that could take years or decades and, well, here we are. I get where they were going with that line, saying humans can't be passive observers, we have to help repair the damages we've caused to the natural world to speed it up, but it's created this clunky situation I'm not even sure how I feel. Though I will defend Boston being vaporized. One mostly empty city or the whole world? Not even a question to me.
I must agree largely with what you've said here. For the bolded, I think that's the more of an issue that fell on the filmmakers (just so you don't think I wrote an essay aimed at you the rest of this post is more aimed at anyone who wants to read it---I just thought you made some great points). In this film, Godzilla was pushed extremely hard (even more so than in 2014) as the hero and who we and the characters should root for and put their trust in (for the most part), instead of just a last resort that'll hopefully solve the MUTO problem. OK, fine. They want him to be the hero. No problems with that. However.
This can be a big problem when radiation and atomic energy are such huge parts of this creature simply existing. And I don't just mean in a legendary ode to the origins of Godzilla sort of way.
It was established in these films that Godzilla and other creatures eat as well as spread radiation----that they come from a time on earth when radiation levels were much, much higher than they are now. In fact, the place Godzilla returns to in order to recover from the oxygen destroyer is so radioactive that it destroys robotics (circuitry, specifically I believe) and kills humans within minutes. And although I'm not a scientist or a biologist, I'd say that most people would agree that spreading the stuff is a bad thing.
Now of course, we have the after credits saying that radiation started to help things grow but....what? How does that even make sense? Even solar radiation, as great as it is and how it provides so much energy for life on this planet and still provides us with life will give you cancer if you stand in its rays for too long. What kind of radiation are we talking about? Some sort of new, rejuvenating process formerly unknown? This sort of concept can't just be left to an after movie half second screenshot as it's effectively just sweeping a major problem under a rug.
The concept of "we must find a balance these creatures" makes no sense because we fundamentally can't
. Unless they mean in way like how Chernobyl is so irradiated that nature now flourishes because humans aren't there which is still a horrible can of worms as the area is still too irradiated for human life and the future effects of the radiation that many of those animals are being exposed to is an ongoing question. They tried to marry the two ideas together---beasts of radiation as well as finding a balance with them---in the most clunky way possible. To the point of which I question the point of bringing in the radiation into the story as they did in the first place. I feel like they would've done much better to minimize it as much as possible or at least make it so the giant monsters (or most) didn't
spread radiation around. Radiation was an afterthought in this film when it really should've been higher on the list of things to sort out since they decided to so prominently wave it in our faces.