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Old July 13 2013, 04:40 PM   #40
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Re: Pacific Rim - Grading and Discussion

^But that's where you're wrong. There are other kaiju films where Godzilla is an allegory, or where the creatures he's fighting are allegories. Mothra is a critique of corporate greed and the cultural/economic imperialism of the West. Godzilla vs. Biollante is a cautionary tale about biotechnology and genetic engineering, while several other kaiju films have environmentalist themes (Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth is particularly heavy-handed about it, while Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II manages a more nuanced discussion of technology vs. nature). GMK is a condemnation of the Japanese's people's complacency and willful denial about their forebears' crimes in WWII.

Certainly the 1954 original is the most potent and sophisticated allegory, but it's completely false to say it's the only allegory in the series. Heck, even Godzilla vs. Hedorah, in the heart of the cheesiest, goofiest era of the series, is noted for being an anti-pollution allegory.
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