My First Movie Monster

My First Movie Monster

By Selena Illyria

 

Recently I saw the new Godzilla trailer and I have a bit of a sad. Not so  much for the trailer, which is amazing, but that my dad isn’t here to see it. Godzilla was my dad’s first and favorite movie monster. When he was old enough, he started to collect the movies first on VHS and then on DVD. He even liked, got and would watch the Matthew Broderick Godzilla movie over and over again. That’s how much of a fan he was.

 

It wasn’t until recently that I realized that Godzilla was my first movie monster, too. Growing up I would watch the movies with my dad. I never really got the, I should be scared vibe. In fact, I adored Godzilla, even more so when they introduced Baby Godzilla. Ah, Baby Godzilla, where all he could do was rub his tummy and blow smoke rings, but you had to step on his tail to get, as my dad would call it, the halitosis breath.

 

I used to know all the names of the monsters on Monster Island: Mothra, Rodan (and his creepy twins whose purpose I never understood), Anguirus, Gorosaurus, Kumonga, Minilla, Baragon, Manda and Varan. Okay, I cheated on the last several and looked them up on Wikipedia. But I used to try and spot them and name them while watching the movie. My favorite movie was Son of Godzilla, I thought Minilla aka Baby Godzilla to me, was the cutest thing.

 

Fast forward a few years and there was the Americanized version of Godzilla in a new movie. He looked nothing like what I was used to. Scarier, more dinosaur-like and interestingly enough female. I don’t remember if Godzilla was ever said to be male or female and frankly I didn’t care. But this new version, wasn’t my cup of tea. It wasn’t the Godzilla a grew up with or loved.

 

Now we have a new Godzilla movie, with yet another, scary looking Godzilla. Check the Trailer below:

 

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Now at first I had my reservations when I heard that there would be a new Godzilla movie. The first version of the trailer intrigued me but I didn’t really think anything of it. With this second version, however, now they’ve got my attention. For the first time, that lovable monster, the one I grew up with, my first monster, he’s bigger, badder, scarier and I actually kind of like it. This doesn’t mean I’ll love the movie but I’m interested. Hopefully the filmmakers have done Godzilla justice and fans won’t be disappointed.

So, sound off. Do you want to see the movie? Are you excited that Godzilla is getting new life? Disappointed in it? Hate it? And what was your first Monster?

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