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Monster cinema: "Godzilla II" against the rest of the world

People are used to Godzilla destroying entire cities and their inhabitants. That's what monsters do. In the sequel "Godzilla II: King of Monsters", which is now starting, Godzilla is apparently also attacking the superhero films that are currently so popular. The superhero genre has been breaking all box office records lately. The latest "Avengers" movie is washing millions in the box office and pulverizing many blockbuster records.

The highlight of the last superhero films was that several hero characters known from pop and comic culture were rushed to one another or went to war together in the films. According to the motto: a hero counts more than two and three are even better.

Effective blockbuster strategy: monster film with many monsters

"Godzilla II" now takes up the same principle. In the current film, which is now starting worldwide (it starts on May 29th in some European and Asian countries, one day later it's Germany's turn and on May 31st, the Americans are also allowed to go to the cinema), meet Godzilla, the three-headed King Ghidorah, the giant moth Mothra and the pterosaur Rodan are four monsters on top of each other.

In 1954, the first Godzilla film was a product of the atomic age

The four fight for supremacy in the world, humanity is threatened. The orgies of destruction appear even larger on the screen, as there are always new battles and fights that can be staged. In addition, the superhero films and the new Godzilla strips take up and integrate elements of various genres: horror film, science fiction, disaster film.

Godzilla versus King Kong, Japan versus the USA

Those who are familiar with cinema history know, however, that everything has been there before. Older Godzilla films in particular quickly discovered the principle of success: Two monsters are more powerful than a monster: "Godzilla versus King Kong" was the name of the third film in the Godzilla series from 1962. Even then, the American giant ape met the Japanese lizard monster .

Monster films are always science films with the question: How can the monster be stopped?

The logic was simple. A monster may have great destructive power, and it can reduce cities and entire landscapes to rubble and ashes. But two? Or even several? The imagination of creative people in film was and is no limit. And so in the history of the popular monster genre cinema, the giants of the screen have always clashed.

Film title with Frankenstein and King Kong as empty promises

And sometimes the titles of the films promised more than they actually showed. In Germany, some Godzilla films with misleading titles came into the cinemas: For example, King Kong or Frankenstein appeared in the titles of the distributors - but neither the giant ape nor the human monster, which scientists put together from body parts, played a role in the following film.

The horrified look is part of the essence of the monster film

The umpteenth successor has long since broken away from the original basic idea of ​​the very first Godzilla film from 1954. While the original Godzilla was a symbol of the unforeseen consequences of the nuclear arms race, his successors stood for many things: environmental destruction, human overexploitation of nature and animals, climate change, animal experiments that got out of hand, genetic engineering and much more. The monsters also took on positive traits. Godzilla wasn't always just the terrifying villain.

"Godzilla II" offers great destruction against a dark backdrop

In the new Godzilla film, of course, the monster does what it does best - and what the viewer probably expects: smash everything down, destroy what there is to destroy and spread fear and horror among people. All this has been immersed in a gloomy scenery by the direction and production: Popcorn cinema to scare you.