On the week that the remake of Japan’s favorite monster was set to come out in North America, loyal fans of the famous aquatic creature Godzilla have already come out with their sentiment on this new Hollywood version. Needless to say, not many are amused with the latest Western take and majority of its fans are already anticipating a botched up edition of the movie even before they see it.
Many Japanese consider Godzilla as one of their nation’s best contributions in the history of cinema. So it’s no wonder that fans are already being negative with this Gareth Edwards creation. 30-year old Mudai Nozaki said, “American Godzilla is just a giant iguana freaking out.” On the other hand, Godzilla fanatic and collector Kazuya Haraguchi, who does not take kindly on Western versions and thinks the 1998 remake by Roland Emmerich is a failure, thinks this version is all wrong. He described the limp arms, the scales and the shape of head as totally of the mark. He noted, “The head is too small,” adding that, “The voice is all wrong. It has to be much higher.” For him, the new movie missed its point in the depiction of Godzilla and even the storyline.
The original Godzilla is a product of nuclear weapon testing in the ocean, which shows Japan’s fear of atomic bombs fresh from the wake of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. This year’s story is set in San Francisco and runs after a flying monster, which was not part of the 1954 storyline. Director Gareth Edwards defended his creation and noted how he grew up watching Godzilla films, aware of its true meaning and what it represents. “I think if you went around the world, and showed the silhouette of Godzilla, he’d probably be the most recognized character from movie history.” But he added, “Yet, as an adult, it’s hard to point at a film where that truly did him justice. Especially with the digital tools we have today.” If ever there was a perfect example of loving your own, how the Japanese regard Godzilla and its numerous remakes would be a good example of how you shouldn’t mess with such an iconic character.
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