This original Godzilla film will come as a shock to anyone whoâ€™s only seen later entries in the long running series. The main difference is that the Big G we see here is very much the villain rather than the reluctant hero he would become. Itâ€™s also a much more serious film, with Godzilla an analogy for the American atomic bomb. It also asks how responsible a scientist is for his creation, coming down in favour of culpability.
Thereâ€™s some good old-fashioned Godzilla mayhem too but itâ€™s not as much fun as later films, we get to see the affect it has on people rather than just wholesale mass destruction. A worthy film but not one Iâ€™d consider a true masterpiece.Â Â
You’ll find Dipa’s less enthusiastic opinion here.