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Big Mac Movie Review: Original Godzilla sets the bar high for the new Godzilla

B9HWPsM1D9vc8KHsvurB8K8jSN5Godzilla is coming back, because it's been too long between Godzilla movies. Thanks to computers, the Godzilla that opens on May 16 promises to at least look absolutely awesome. Does it have a plot? Who cares - it's the King of the Monsters crushing San Francisco in all of his CGI glory.

If you are a Godzilla fan, or are curious, do yourself a favor and check out the original, "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!", which was released in the U.S. in 1956. This original spawned another 29 in this series.

The story: Raymond Burr is journalist Steve Martin, who is on assignment in Tokyo to report on the monster that is terrorizing Japan. 
Turns out, the 400-foot monster is a creation of all the underwater nuclear testing and he goes bonkers on a model cities and toy props. A scientist eventually has to reluctantly release his "oxygen destroyer" to kill Godzilla. 

Special Effects: Outstanding. An actor was inside the Godzilla suit, and he stomped out of the water to crush little toy cities resembling Tokyo. For a movie made on a  small budget in 1954, the effects are about as good as expected.

Why The New One Will Be Better: The original, despite its obvious technical limitations, is actually quite good with a nice message.

Expect the new one to do the same thing, but with billion-dollar special effects and a Godzilla that looks real enough to eat the popcorn from your bucket as you watch him run around in HD 3D IMAX.





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Rob Tentoy

How does a Godzilla movie review fit into a Dallas/Fort Worth SPORTS blog, you may ask?

Simple really... Godzilla once played Sir Charles Barkley in a game of one-on-one. Charles Barkley used to play in the NBA and he played some games against the Dallas Mavericks.

Not ridiculous at all.


Mac...the movie you cited is NOT the 'original' 1956 Gozilla. It was re-dubbed for American audiences and Burr's scenes were added.

The original "GOJIRA" was a very dark movie without Raymond Burr. I believe it is available with English subtitles -- check it out.

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