Godzilla (2014) is a new U.S.-Japanese movie based on the paradigm of the Japanese monster that premiered on Friday in the U.S.
Its budget is $160 million and happily enough for the people behind the team, the investment is going to be repaid sometimes next week, within less than a week. Not bad. On Friday itself, it earned $38.5 million and is likely to get $100 million over the three-day weekend.
I have not seen the movie and I have no idea whether I will like it. But what's interesting is that this is not another movie parroting the intellectually inferior a dishonest "environmentalist" ideology about the man who ruins Nature and may fix it. Quite on the contrary, the movie points out that the alarmists spreading this meme are dangerous psychopaths.
The reviews that point out the anti-global-warming-alarmism message of the movie include those at The Washington Times, Breitbart, The Daily Beast, News Busters, and others.
A short paragraph of spoilers follows.
In a huge quarry, they find two MUTOs – radioactive "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms". It's a punishment for the mankind's reckless behavior towards Nature etc., the environmentalist psychopaths suggest. They prepare a plan to save the Earth from these MUTOs – by detonating some thermonuclear bombs in San Francisco or something like that. Instead, they just murder Nancy Pelosi and thousands of her and their fellow liberals. The true hero of the movie, Dr Ken Wanatabe, knows that Nature and Earth regulate themselves whatever the mankind wants. So he has been convinced for years that there are regulating feedbacks, in this case the Godzilla, which plays the role of God protecting the mankind. He knows that the human arrogance of thinking that we control everything and we have the duty to "fix" what we have "ruined" is only a path to ruining ourselves. So he says "don't do anything", beats the alarmists (in some miraculous way that we may want to learn from him), and saves the mankind from the environmentalist imbeciles. This summary of the plot is probably inaccurate. ;-)
Hollywood is usually painted as one of the ultimate cradles of post-modern, left-wing, hypocritical, kitschy, superficial, feel-good image, naivety, vacuous gestures, and uninformed activism. And of course that it's true to the zeroth order. Many actors and actresses and film directors are participating in similar things because they have been really chosen for their good superficial looks combined with the ability and desire to parrot anything and their otherwise unspectacular intelligence and wisdom (those things may usually be used as a definition of an actor). However, Hollywood is a large town – and industry – so the precise truth is more complicated. There are actually some conservatives etc. (including hawkish American patriots such as Bruce Willis) and I have watched quite many Hollywood movies whose message was that the Big Government is bad and dangerous, among other right-wing ideas.
I have personally no trouble to watch left-wing – even alarmist – movies myself because it's just fiction. For two hours, my emotions may switch to a different world where many if not most truths and even basic moral principles are different than they are in our world. But of course, I switch back when the movie ends. I re-realize that the folks I was watching are not top scientist; they're actors who are stupid as a doorknob. That's true even for ladies like Penny. She is supposed to be a stupid blonde in the sitcom – but Penny is still so much smarter than Kaley Cuoco! ;-) Many people – including Hollywood actors and other celebrities – live in a fantasyland even when they're out of the screen. Not all of them. Gareth Edwards (*1975), Godzilla's film director, is arguably one of the exceptions.