Godzilla Director: A Message Movie About Global Warming
In an interview with the Daily Beast, Godzilla's director Gareth Edwards apparently didn't get the memo that people aren't as worried about global warming as he thinks they are. Edwards just couldn't help himself with a message movie that Godzilla is "God" protecting mankind from climate change:
Edwards: Yeah. Man vs. Nature is the predominant theme of the film, and I always tried to go back to that imagery. At the beginning when they find the fossils, it was important to me that they didn’t just find them—it was caused by our abuse of the planet. We deserved it, in a way. So there’s this rainforest with a big scar in the landscape with this quarry, slave labor, and a Western company. You have to ask yourself, “What does Godzilla represent?” The thing we kept coming up with is that he’s a force of nature, and if nature had a mascot, it would be Godzilla. So what do the other creatures represent? They represent man’s abuse of nature, and the idea is that Godzilla is coming to restore balance to something mankind has disrupted.
Edwards then confuses the name Godzilla (Gojira), which is a "portmanteau of the Japanese words: gorira (gorilla), and kujira (whale)", by having his characters refer to the creature as "God."
Edwards: Well, there’s a reason his name begins with “God,” I think. He is a god, really. He’s at the top of the food chain and probably King of the World, in a sense. We did this title sequence at the beginning of the film filled with sea serpents, ancient Greek symbols, and that sort of thing, and the idea is that for all of time man has always found that there’s something out there for us to worship or fear, and it’s gone away for a while but in our film it returns.
So like the movie Noah, Edwards has decided to turn a perfectly simple monster vs. monster flick into a message movie:
Edwards: As we got into it, the message of Godzilla turned into, “We should let nature take its course and shouldn’t try to control it.” Stories have been used for a long time to smuggle the morals of the day inside them, and today, people are worried about global warming. In our film, the nuclear side of it was a concern with the things that have happened recently in Japan.
Unfortunately for Edwards, global warming (aka climate change) ranks dead last in Gallup and Pew surveys. Let's hope his Godzilla doesn't end up like Roland Emmerich’s 1998 "disasterpiece" of the same name. Japanese are already complaining their beloved Godzilla looks fat and overweight. Maybe it's because Gojira is now stuffed full of messages, meanings, and life lessons.