A new trailer for the Godzilla reboot has just emerged, and it looks pretty awesome:
Judging by the trailer, environmentalists should be ecstatic with this one. In fact, maybe James Cameron and his Hollywood actor pals could have saved themselves the effort of making a worthy documentary about climate change and made a blockbuster with an environmentalist subtext instead. Oh wait, Cameron already did that.
But really, Godzilla is the grand daddy of cinematic environmental parables. The monster has always been symbolic of Japan's tortured history with atomic weapons, a symbolism that, in the aftermath of the Fukushima accident, can now easily be extended to doubts about nuclear power and even more broadly to humankind's effect on the natural environment. As the voice-over says: 'The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control'.