Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I suppose my love of Godzilla stems from my love of dinosaurs. I did discover them first. I saw my first Godzilla movie around Christmas of 1971 (I think) and that was KING KONG VS GODZILLA. I've written about it elsewhere, but it obviously had a huge impact on me at the time. The movie was pretty much everything I could have wanted.
It's funny, but I don't remember anyone telling me anything about it. I was dropped off at the theater, and after a cartoon or two (and some toy giveaways) the movie started. When you are six years old it's a pretty scary movie at times. It didn't matter, the bug had bit me and I wanted to see more giant monsters of all kinds, but especially reptilian ones.
There was precious little information about these movies back then, and lot of it was derogatory, especially to my beloved Japanese movies. Most of the commentary was aimed at the effects and dubbing. You watch, this will be brought up with the new US version comes out next month.
Of course now, anyone can watch almost any version of movie they want to. The thrill of the hunt is gone, sort of replaced with a DVD release, I guess. Anyway, I meant to talk a little more about what Godzilla means to me, but that will wait until the next post.