I must admit something straight away, I have been a Godzilla fan for as long as I can remember. Running home to catch the Matinee Money Movie on WDIO television out of Duluth, Minnesota. They would play classic movies throughout the week. Abbot and Costello, and the Toho movies were mainstays in my childhood film education.
Over the years I learned that Godzilla was a metaphor for the horrors of nuclear war. A creature spawned from the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In that sense the first half of Godzilla 2014 works. The film opens with an imaginative set piece showing nuclear testing in the 1950’s with documents being censored as the opening credits. We also learn that the so-called tests were actually trying to destroy the monsters that had been awakened from slumber at the dawn of the nuclear age.