Review Godzilla (1954) film review by Titan of Water
Written By Titan of Water on 2019-07-09 06:47:37
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Godzilla 1954: It is a very bleak and sorrowful film, as it should be, with the ever looming threat and past trauma of the Atom Bomb making the Japanese feel bleak and sorrowful at the time. All the main characters are interesting, though Ogata is a little underdeveloped in my opinion. Emiko is very complex, whether having an affair behind Serizawa’s back yet still loving him as a brother, having to choose between her promise and her people’s safety, and even helping the wounded and grieving at the hospital. It was interesting to see Yamane’s inner turmoil about what to do with Godzilla. Even though he want’s Godzilla alive for research, even disowning Ogata for disagreeing with him, he ultimately allows Godzilla to be killed for the safety of his people. Serizawa of course steals the show though. In a world that has sort of demonized scientists, especially after the creation of the A-Bomb, it’s great to see a scientist who wants to benefit mankind instead of pursuing selfish ambition. His inner turmoil about using the oxygen destroyer to kill Godzilla is very believable through his actor’s performance. Godzilla himself is a very sympathetic monster cause he lost everything. He lost his home, his family, he became mutated, and died a horrible death by the Oxygen Destroyer. His appearance itself his very creepy, with these almost psycho looking eyes and scars. The fires paints a vivid picture of what it would be like to be caught in the blast of the Atomic Bomb, while the aftermath is very similar to the fallouts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki . We actually see many deaths in this one, which adds to the horror and depression. It was tragic to see a child be tested positive for poisoning and another watch her mom die before her eyes, which causes her to wail. While the main message of the movie is “Please, Please don’t use the bombs!!!”, I think another message to take away is that man must be careful what he creates and how he uses it, as exemplified through the atomic bomb and oxygen destroyer. Serizawa choose to use his discovery, against all odds, to help others rather than kill them, a lesson that many scientists still need to learn. To the surprise of no one I’m giving it a 5/5.