Monday, May 6, 2019

GODZILLA ~ Who The King Of Monsters Really Is

The latest Godzilla movie coming out this month brings back a lot of memories from my childhood. Godzilla was one of my first exposures to the realm of science fiction and really fictional heroism. My favorite movies were Son Of Godzilla, Godzilla Vs. Megalon, and I kind of liked Godzilla Vs. King Kong. I'd say my favorite one of all time as a child was the first one I listed. When I was around five years old, we would go play in High Rock Lake in North Carolina all the time during the summer, and I would pretend to be Godzilla in the water. Fortunately, the video tape my mom made of that has since been destroyed from the face of the planet Earth. But hey, what can I say? I really liked the guy. Besides, with the childhood I had, sometimes fantasy was better than reality and your only escape. It was probably one of the reasons I started writing fiction at such a very young age.

My liking of the Godzilla story continues to this day, but of course, in a more mature manifestation. In fact, I think I am going to start collecting fan merchandise in the near future. 

I haven't watched any modern adaptations of Godzilla. I knew the one that came out in 1998 was going to be absolutely horrible without even watching it, and I was right. However, I will be attending the release this month of Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, hoping it will be the best one I've yet experienced. But the point of this post is to talk about who Godzilla is. We all know him from appearance. I don't think there's anyone in the world who could look at him and not know his name, his roar is 100% unmistakable, and everyone waits for that epic moment when his back lights up and he blasts his laser. But he's obviously a monster, nothing pretty to look at, and people are regularly terrified of him. Man has no use for Godzilla until he needs a favor against a threat too big to handle. Godzilla has no reason to care about humanity at all, but he does. He's actually the good guy, or the closet they can get to one. He enjoys being the hero who puts his foot in the butts of other monsters who are getting out of hand. By looking at him, you wouldn't think Godzilla is order against chaos, but that's exactly what he is.

In passing, I remember when there was also debate over the gender of Godzilla, because I don't believe it ever directly says Godzilla is male or female. But, normally, they refer to the character as "he."

I suppose I like Godzilla because I sometimes see some of myself in him. I'd like to think I'm certainly better looking, but other than that, I'm a lot like him. Big, strong, short-tempered, not afraid to thrown down, and won't hesitate to knock my enemies flat on their asses. And Godzilla is DEFINITELY a Scorpio. But, most importantly, I'm also a person of principle. Even if people don't care about me, I generally care about them because I believe in justice and balance. I think most of us, no matter how we look or what our status is in life, have an inner desire to do good and great things in the world. 

Anyway, here's to the new movie. I hope it doesn't disappoint me.

Long Live The King!
Long Live The Legends!
Chris Aldridge.