Godzilla: The 2014 Edition

I love a good monster movie, but the 1998 version of Godzilla was SO bad, I passed on the 2014 version. It was a mistake. Turns out it’s a pretty good monster movie. And a VERY good Godzilla movie. Aside from the original Japanese Gojira from 1954 – which if you can find a version (NOT the Raymond Burr, American Movie Industry monstrosity) is worth a look – this might be the best Godzilla movie ever. Most of the 1950s/1960s Godzilla franchise were just awful. (Though there was some humor in the series. More on that below.)

The 2014 movie had problems. But most “blockbusters” do.

The sequel, Godzilla: King of Monsters, is due out next year. It could be good, and it could be bad. In the meantime, here’s the 2014 Trailer

As for that humor one of my favorite scenes from the original franchise is after the break. And a Godzilla-inspired song.

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So I was lost down that rabbit hole at is TV Tropes the other day and stumbled across Don’t Fear the Reaper (The Trope). Which of course is named by Blue Oyster Cult’s 1976 hit, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” from their album Agents of Fortune.

The trope deals with the idea that death isn’t always to be feared.

Mercedes Colomar: You’re not the nurse?
Manny Calavera: No.
Mercedes Colomar: You’re not here to give me my medication?
Manny Calavera: No. But I am here to ease your pain.
     — Grim Fandango

DFTR seems to be joining RIP, at least in some circles.