Written May 11, 2014
(spoiler) Godzilla is killed by an "oxygen destroyer". that should tell you enough.
Written May 13, 2014
You'll be disappointed if you're expecting either a special-effects masterpiece or an opportunity to display your snarky, MST3K-style condescension (as several college kids attempted at the screening I attended, before they were shamed out of the theater). But as a rare look at Japanese filmmaking and cultural attitudes a scant nine years after losing two major cities to atomic bombs, it offers a fascinating perspective that few outside of Japan have experienced. This is a far different film from the butchered version with Raymond Burr inserted after the fact that most sci-fi fans are familiar with; the anti-nuclear subtext and metaphors are emphasized to a greater degree, and the Japanese style of storytelling will be jarring in some instances. With an all-new version of 'Godzilla' hitting theaters this spring, the 1954 original provides some important historical context for the origin of both the monster and the enduring franchise that he spawned.