Godzilla has changed throughout the years. When he first arrived on the scene he merely destroyed all in his path. When you consider Godzilla was originally perceived as an allegory for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that kind of makes sense. However, as time went on, Godzilla became a defender of humanity, helping to protect major Japanese metropolitan areas from other over-sized creatures such as Mothra and Mechagodzilla. Basically, they seemed to tame Godzilla into domestic servitude.
What we're trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy. We're kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature. And what was really cool, for me, is there was a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It's not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It's different, it's a different set of circumstances than you're used to seeing. And that's tremendously exciting as a writer when you're asked to do something else.
He also hinted that Godzilla would have its own allegorical meaning, although he didn't want "to give it away". Don't worry though, if you want to watch Godzilla purely for major urban mayhem, then you won't be bashed over the head with a placard. Darabont explained:
I love leaving a few crumbs on the table for the audience to determine what they think. Let them bring something to it as well. That's why a movie like The Green Mile is so satisfying or why The Mist is so satisfying to me. Because it stirs their participation and they have interpretation. I've heard metaphors that people apply to Shawshank Redemption, for example, that are fantastic that I never, ever would have thought of.
I want to put my faith into Darabont. I really do. Don't forget this is the guy who brought us The Shawhank Redemption and The Green Mile — two phenomenally great movies. Despite this, neither of them concerned a 100 meter tall bipedal lizard. Having said that, his work on The Mist and The Walking Dead might provide some help in navigating this relatively unique genre.
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