The Valley of Gwangi
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The James Clayton Column: Godzilla and perspective shifts

15 May 2014 1:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Godzilla's cinematic return leaves James pondering the power of monster movies and how they give us a sense of perspective...


Human beings live little lives. We sweat the small stuff. We get bogged down in minor trivialities and teeny-tiny insignificances.

And then, oh my Godzilla, a gargantuan kaiju creature rises up and walks right through it all, stomping all over our little lives and smashing the feeble structures of our civilisation without any difficulty at all. When an almighty entity forces itself into the frame and presents a mortal threat, all the things that are amped up as 'big deals' cease to be 'big deals' as humans get a view of just how altogether small they really are.

By re-adjusting the scales, messing with proportional ratios and shifting paradigms, perspective is wholly altered. This is one of the great things about special effects cinema, or 'tokusatsu' to use the Japanese categorical term. »

- ryanlambie

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