Pop-culture Expert: Godzilla Roars Back to Theaters
May 15, 2014
The monster film makes its worldwide debut this weekend.
The movie “Godzilla” is set to make its worldwide debut this weekend, as a reboot
of the science fiction monster film franchise of the same name.
Texas Tech pop-culture expert Rob Weiner says it is the latest film in the young
adult genre, of which most have a common theme.
Rob Weiner, associate librarian and pop culture expert, Texas Tech University Library,
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- “The first film is often seen as the Japanese response to the bombing of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki, and the testing of the H-bomb. Therefore Godzilla is often seen as a
metaphor for dealing with our fears of atomic power.”
- “The 1954 Godzilla film was inspired in part by a 1952 successful re-release of the
1933 King Kong and the 1953 Beast of 50,000 Fathoms.”
- “Due to bad dubbing and changing tastes, Godzilla films became campy. However, it
was never looked down upon in Japan. It was part of their culture.”
- “The process of wearing monster suits is sometimes referred to as suitmation and is
an art-form in and of itself.”
- “Throughout his film career, Godzilla has worn a number of hats, from villain and
a creature of terrible destruction - to hero and friend to children.”