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Here's How a Multi-National Group Was Formed to Cover-Up Godzilla

One thing we like in our kaiju movies is world-building. And part of this summer's Godzilla involved Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) investigating a conspiracy that covered up what happened to his wife. In this featurette, we see an old film describing that history in depth.

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Of course, the question remains how a creature as huge as this Godzilla could actually be hidden. And the whole conspiracy angle disappears in the second half of the movie, but there's still some great alternate history happening here. And we're suckers for vintage newsreel-style exposition. Plus, the reference to the creature as "a legend known as 'Gojira'" is a nice touch.

[via Comic Book Movie]

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DISCUSSION

I finally caught Godzilla 2014 the other night, and yeah, kinda sucked. I rewatched Monsters afterward, and the magical realist approach Gareth Edwards took in that one—making the kaiju a background element of the story rather than the focus—works great. The foreground 'Bodyguard' romance is nothing original, but plug it into the monster ravaged world and the movie adds up to a bit more than the sum of its parts.

With Godzilla, the movie really is about Godzilla, or should be. The decision to attach Edwards to this movie because his last movie had big monsters was clueless. He cannibalized what he could from Monsters, but tacked on a pointless action hero story reminiscent of World War Z, threw in a lot of shallow heartstring tugging, and ultimately just didn't know what movie he was making. Nearly everything that actually had to do with Godzilla—remember that guy, Godzilla?—felt wedged in. The bit above about the nuclear tests as a cover-up was the cleverest nod to the original, but having the obligatory scientist/oracle paraphrase the song Godzilla fell flat. Despite echoes of Fukishima early on, it wasn't a movie about nuclear existential anxieties. It wasn't a movie about anything. It was pieces of half a dozen movies competing for our attention with a deus ex machina cameo by the title character at the end.