Godzilla 1954 ★★★★★

If you've only seen the Americanized version of this film, with an awkwardly inserted Raymond Burr, than this is going to be a revelation. It's like watching a whole new movie. The drama is heightened, Godzilla himself is much scarier(treated like a real menace, not just a hokey rubber monster), and the tone of the film is surprisingly melancholic. Already a classic, but worth a clear-eyed revisit.

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