Godzilla: King of the Ecosystem

Short review

On May 13th of 2019 “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” was released for the long-awaited viewing pleasure of millions. Admittedly, the movie isn’t a masterpiece and critics have bashed it pretty hard BUT the general public (myself included) really enjoyed watching the movie. It’s a fun movie to watch, and I think that those who excessively dislike it are missing the point entirely. You don’t go and watch a movie about a VERY VERY large nuclear lizard fighting a VERY VERY large thunder charged three-headed dragon to pay excessive attention to the complexity of the human characters. That would be like going to the Superbowl and only paying attention to the referees. The human characters shouldn’t be completely disregarded but it’s clear that they aren’t necessarily the focus of the movie.

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Summary / Environmental aspect

A scientist named Dr. Emma Russell who studies titans, like Godzilla, had developed a device named the « orca », a device designed to tame the titans. At the start of the movie, we see Dr. Russell using said device to control Mothra, a moth titan that they apprehended for research purposes. While testing the « orca », a group of eco-terrorists attacks the Monarch research facility to kidnap Dr. Russell and her daughter for them to use the « orca » for their plan to essentially restart the earth using the titans. It was discovered that the radiation that the titans emmit promotes plant growth and by letting the titans roam and destroy all man-made buildings and leave everything in ruins they would restore the planet. The idea is that these titans are clearly above humanity and humans should live on the titan’s terms to keep humanity from completely destroying the earth. Dr. Russell’s ex-husband, who at the start expresses hatred towards Godzilla for what happened in the prequel (2014) tries to get to Dr. Russell to get her to stop pushing for this radical decision, made by one person, that would affect everyone on earth. Throughout his journey to get to Dr. Russell he grows more and more fond of Godzilla but his opinion on the world wipe remains the same. In the final battle between Godzilla and Ghidorah to determine who would be the alpha titan, Godzilla comes out on top and asserts his dominance over all the other titans. In the credits we see newspapers hinting at a random huge improvement in environmental quality post titan, this tells me that humanity had made progress although I wish they had shown it more deliberately.

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My final thoughts

I think that Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a solid film, I think some things are left untold that I wish were clarified but I think they will be clear soon enough. I think this movie does a great job at presenting the very apparent environmental issue with a fun twist, I think the titans can easily be personifications of the harsh, almost irrational change we have to make as a society to keep our earth alive and healthy for the future of humanity.

4 réflexions au sujet de “Godzilla: King of the Ecosystem”

  1. This is a super interesting take. I really liked your last paragraph where you mentioned that the monsters were symbolism for the change we have to make to preserve and restore the environment, as there are definitely moments that indicate so. My only issues with this text come in the form of word repetition and sentence structure. Although in terms of sentence structure, we all write differently, so that’s just a « me » thing. Back to the themes of your post, I like the idea of « the only way to let nature flourish is to allow the monsters to run rampant ». It’s an interesting trade we would theoretically have to make. It ends up coming down to either improving the overall environment in exchange for most of our technological advancements or not. Great text, very thought-provoking.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this blog! I find it weird how a giant creature of mass destruction is capable of helping our environment. I loved how you incorporated a summary of the movie and linked it would how Godzilla can nourish and improve plant growth. I have another take on the message; let me know what you think: do you think Godzilla symbolizes nature and how we humans shouldn’t interfere with its work or try to get in the way of it? Because ultimately, Godzilla was trying to protect us but was misunderstood by the military; it’s just like nature. Nature helps us, but we deprive it of its work, restrict it and harm it.

  3. This was a great read! I liked your unique take on the film, as I would have never thought that an action science-fiction movie would have anything to do with the environment but, you proved me wrong. You explained how their radiation promotes plant growth and that, at the end of the film, newspapers are talking about how the environment was improving. It felt like you put more of an emphasis on the story itself, rather than the environmental issues but I don’t blame you, as there was a small section about this topic and there is little to base yourself off of. Other than that, it was a solid article that I feel explained how we, as humans, have to take huge risks to reverse climate change and other environmental issues.

  4. Hi Parker, I really enjoyed your blog and the environmental connection you presented between the movie Gozilla and our society. A creature of mass destruction that emits tons of radiation helps the environment to thrive while protecting it from some of the dangers presented by other monsters. I see Godzilla as the protector of the ecosystem and, in a way, as Mother Nature herself, as he helps plants grow and protects them and us humans. Yet, as in our world, we try to harm nature so that we can control what it produces. Just like the military attacked it to gain control and be less afraid of it, even though they know the positive impact it has on the ecosystem. Overall, I feel like we share the same opinions and beliefs on this topic, but I think you could have gone a little deeper into the environmental aspect of the film. With that said, i enjoyed your blog.
    Goood Job!

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