Dinosaurs are awesome! Godzilla, who is probably the most famous dinosaur of all time, is definitely awesome. So it’s no wonder that there have been thirty movies in the Godzilla franchise since the original release in 1954.
The first movie was a monster movie, and so have been some of the best movies in the franchise. The popularity of Godzilla has led to over thirty films which vary in quality, but also vary wildly in tone.
The following list looks at ten of the best Godzilla movies from his long history. This list is not meant to be an exact ranking of the best movies, but it does look at some of the most important moments in Godzilla history and some of the most fun movies in the franchise.
In my last blog post, I wrote about why you should watch the Godzilla films in general. In this post, I will write about why you should watch Godzilla: Final Wars.
1. It’s different.
2. It’s not like any other Godzilla movie you’ve seen (at least, not since the original).
3. It’s a celebration of all things Godzilla.
4. It features a lot of monsters… a lot of monsters that hail from various films and even various genres.
5. It has a human story that is actually pretty interesting, and not too distracting from the monster action going on around it.
6. The monster action is pretty damn great; it’s some of the best in the series!
7. The film doesn’t take itself too seriously at all; it knows what it is and makes no apologies for it!
8. You don’t need to see any other films in the series to know what’s going on in this one; it’s a perfect jumping-on point for anyone interested in getting into the franchise!
9. Did I mention how much fun it is?
10. Did I mention how many monsters are in this thing?!
Do you love Godzilla? Do you want to be more like Godzilla? Well then, you’re going to want to read this.
1. You’ll get a chance to catch up on every single Godzilla movie ever made. Believe it or not, there are over 20 movies in the franchise – that’s a lot of rubber suits. There have been some great ones and some terrible ones. If you’re feeling up to it, watch them all!
2. You can make your own Godzilla costume out of cardboard boxes and green paint (or your own color of choice). It’s a great way to get creative, and would make an awesome Halloween costume. You’ll be the talk of the town!
3. You can learn about Japanese culture and history by seeing how Godzilla has changed over the years he’s been around (he was first made in 1954).
4. You can listen to some cool musical scores from various Godzilla movies. Some are even by famous composers – Akira Ifukube, for example, did the music for 10 different movies!
5. Want to build a model of the city Tokyo? Now is your chance since many of the cities in Japan have had to rebuild numerous times because of Godzilla.
6. If you ever wanted to see
As a Godzilla fan and a collector of godzilla toys I can tell you that there is no better feeling than owning a Godzilla toy, especially when it is a limited edition one. It comes with a lot of pride and respect as it is something that has been very popular in Japan for over 50 years.
However, if you are not a fan then you may be wondering how you can get your hands on one of these collectibles. There are many places where you can buy a godzilla costume but the best place to get one is the internet.
If you search the internet for “Godzilla costumes” or “Godzilla merchandise” then you will come up with quite a few results. Most of these sites will sell godzilla costumes along with other godzilla merchandise like clothing, toys and other accessories such as hats, scarves and umbrellas.
1. Godzilla is a classic. Godzilla has been around for over 50 years. For many, the name “Godzilla” is synonymous with large, unstoppable monsters. He deserves his own place in history and lore, and you should at least be aware of it.
2. Godzilla is an icon. Godzilla is one of Japan’s most famous exports, and has become a recognizable symbol of Japanese culture and movie-making prowess. The relatively simple concept of a giant monster that attacks cities has gone on to spawn dozens (if not hundreds) of movies, toys, comic books, video games, and more for over half a century. That has to count for something.
3. The original Godzilla movie was a metaphor for the atomic bomb. In 1954 the world was still reeling from the effects of World War II and the bombing of Hiroshima in particular. The Japanese people were scared into believing that radiation had created huge monsters that would eventually wipe out their civilization if left unchecked, and made a film about it specifically to address these fears and help them process such devastating events in their recent past. That’s powerful stuff right there!
4. Modern day Godzilla movies are still relevant today. You don’t need to know anything about Japan or World War II or nuclear weapons to enjoy any
Lately there have been a lot of complaints about the suspension of disbelief in Godzilla (2014). It is hard to believe that this many military resources would be dedicated to one monster. The film runs on a number of assumptions, but none are as big as the idea that Godzilla is really freaking tall.
How tall? Well that depends on who you ask. The official height of Godzilla is 55 meters, which is around 180 feet. Let’s look at that number like adults.
180 feet is taller than any building in my city. It’s a long way up and a longer way down if you fall from the top. Even if you jump, the landing will hurt. If you think about it, the height of Godzilla messes with our entire relationship to buildings.
Building heights are measured by stories, not by feet or meters in America (and probably elsewhere too). We don’t think of how tall our buildings are, we think of how many stories there are. A typical story is ten feet high (or three meters), give or take a couple feet depending on the building and designer. So let’s do some math here real quick: 180/10 = 18 stories!
So when you think about it logically, Godzilla
Godzilla is a monster of atomic origin, meaning he is a metaphor for the effects of the atomic bomb. The original film was released in 1954, just 9 years after WWII and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It’s no surprise that Godzilla was released at a time when people were still fearful of nuclear war as its plot revolves around the dangers of nuclear weapons.