So the last time I was writing I meandered off course quite a bit. Hopefully that won't be the case now.
I believe I was six years old when I saw my first Godzilla movie, though I also think I was closer to turning seven (in about four months). I had no idea what I was going to see when I was dropped off at the theater that cold pre-Xmas afternoon. By the end of the show, I was hooked. I'd see bits and pieces of various giant monster movies before. I paid scant attention to them, though the baby roc scene in THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1957) did make me take notice of it.
The monsters are also characters. Most Western monsters are just giant animals to be stopped or killed. There's a reason that KING KONG (1933) resonates so much to this day- Kong is not just a giant ape. He's something more. Godzilla is not just a giant lizard or radioactive dinosaur. I wonder if this new movie will remember that, or if he'll just be something to be contained until the inevitable sequel.
Hmm, off track again. Stay tuned...