SMU has monstrous shoes to fill as Godzilla expert departs
The latest film absolves America of responsibility, recasting those Pacific blasts as U.S. attempts to destroy the monster, and in fact turns Godzilla into an American hero with Japan as a minor footnote.
“Hollywood has managed to make Godzilla completely, and effectively, reflect its own prejudices,” he wrote in Foreign Affairs. “Japan is invisible, the United States is pure and innocent, and the monster (despite, technically, being an undocumented alien) is symbolically transformed into an American patriot.”
But while purists might find more fault, he said, “for me, it’s not a big ethical concern. It’s a guy in a rubber suit, after all.”
“That’s what it has to do to be successful now,” he said. “In many ways, the Japanese Godzilla has run its course. It needed some creative rethinking.”
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