Gojira

Polish Godzilla Poster

You may have noticed a sudden surge in Godzilla lately. Where before there was nothing (and by nothing, I mean a single teaser and a handful of posters), now there is a Godzilla bounty everywhere you turn. Trailers, preview screenings, stupidly brilliant Snickers ads, dessert plates, and all manner of spoilers leaking out through Godzilla toys (not that one should ever look for that kind of thing). In the lead up to the release this weekend, Godzilla is everywhere. And in this deluge of radioactive green merchandise was a new poster for the big dude’s resurgence. This poster:

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Original

Godzilla movies are considered to be something of a joke to mainstream audiences in the States. Most people here probably haven’t even seen the original Godzilla from 1954, and only get their knowledge of the character from watching bits and pieces of the cheesy and innumerable sequels that used to get constant play on late night cable — and some people might even only know the radioactive monster from that abysmal reboot that Roland Emmerich made in the late nineties. God forbid. Because of all this, when you mention Godzilla to most people in Middle America, the first things that pops into their heads are actors in cumbersome rubber suits stumbling around in ridiculous-looking models of cityscapes, and cutaways to overly acted reaction shots from shrieking citizens inserted here and there. And heck, even people in the U.S. who have seen the original Godzilla from 1954 probably haven’t seen the actual Japanese version (called Gojira). Because, when it was released over here, they cut out 40 minutes of footage and inserted a subplot where Raymond Burr played a journalist caught up in all of the destruction, so that American audiences wouldn’t be asked to have to identify with people of another culture or something.

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