I am going through all the G films again, after many years of neglect. I watched the original again after many, many years.
WOW. It really does hold up well, and for those in contemporary audiences who like "dark" movies (Dark Knight, etc.), GOJIRA is really, really freaking dark. It would be depressing if it didn't have the action sequences to at least bump up the adrenaline level.
It really is an amazing film. Then I look at TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA and wonder WTF?? How did that happen?
I love all the G films, but it is really something to look at bookends like that, and to go back to the source material and see what it was all about originally. Very impressive film, well made, and worthy of a place in cinema history even without the giant monster part.