GODZILLA – THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY

Gojira is back. And this time we really need him, in view of what humanity will soon have to face in Godzilla II: King of the Monsters, in cinemas from 30th May.

Over time, the mythological figure created by Toho has managed to cross the Japanese borders and acquire an increasingly large slice of public, thanks to the numerous film episodes that have been produced since the 1950s. In fact, it is hard to sustain that the big lizard only represents that determined culture, as Warner Bros. intention of creating a saga that would directly involve it in the years to come goes to show. But why was Godzilla created? Where did it come from? And, above all, what triggered this uncontrollable rage? This creature develops from the rubble and injuries of a nation that endured the blows (and sins) of the Second World War.

Godzilla is also the incarnation of nature’s revenge against humanity which reached the peak of insanity during the world conflict. From this point of view, atomic energy is the creature’s source of sustenance and, emerging from the depths, it unleashes rage on all and sundry. Man, faced with this series of events that he himself created, can only sit and stare like the public, as it watches the genesis of a monster that really seems to have no worthy adversaries. Up to now. There is, in fact, an inter-governmental organization, called M.O.N.A.R.C.H., that has been delegated to find out if any other M.U.T.O. (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) exist. In this long period of research, scientists actually do find enough evidence to show that Godzilla is not the only supernatural being among us. Some researchers have tracked down the existence of an enormous gorilla that governs Skull Island: Kong.

Yes, that’s right. That famous monster which, in the first film version in 1933, directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, managed to climb New York’s Empire State Building with a young hostage, Ann Darrow, the only person for whom he had an ounce of love and the only woman that Kong was willing to save in a humanity that had only brought him pain by taking him away from his natural habitat. In Kong: Skull Island, as already occurred in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla in 2013, it is Kong who comes out victorious in a conflict that goes beyond physical discourse and entertainment. Man, in both cases, is forced to escape or drop his weapons, and in this second chapter, which will be added to the Monsterverse created by Warner Bros. , the song is still the same because, in the film by Michael Dougherty (known for Krampus), Godzilla and the inhabitants of the Earth will be facing Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed monster, Ghidorah, who will be trying their utmost to stop Gojira’s dominion. The cast of Godzilla II: King of the Monsters will include Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins and the young Millie Bobby Brown, making her cinema debut after starring in the successful series, Stranger Things.(Riccardo Lo Re)