The name and reputation of Godzilla as the epitome of the monster genre, precedes this new adaptation of the Godzilla legend. True to legend, your guaranteed that there will be one angry monster that wreaks havoc and destruction wherever it goes.
What we find out though, is that its not wan ten destruction, rather Godzilla is on a quest to restore the natural order of the world, to prevent a pair of much more inherently sinister monsters, that feed on radiation, from mating and spawning across the planet to humankind’s ultimate demise.
It would appear to me that the movie borrows heavily from every piece of disaster footage from news broadcasts and internet vision from the last twenty years. Whether its plane crashes, skyscrapers collapsing, masses running in fear, tsunamis rolling over coastal towns, nuclear plants in meltdown, it all looks eerily familiar.
Don’t expect great dialog or a heavily developed story. The dialog and the people mostly serve to keep you informed on the monster’s progress from its historical Japan, across the Pacific through Hawaii, to their ultimate showdown in San Francisco.
The art of the movie seems to be in its ability to maintain suspense through infrequently getting a good look at the monster protagonists. You know they are out there, unseen, hidden, camouflaged and menacing. There’s an atmosphere of anticipation, of fear and then they’re just there. Humans are powerless, perhaps a metaphor for issues such as nuclear power over which humankind has no guarantee of managing and that in the end, nature will step in to reassert its ultimate control.
You can look for the inner messages and meanings in the movie or you can just treat it as a monster flick, it works either way.