So, I just watched the original Gojira in all its Criterion Collection glory. It's been a long time. I forgot how complex the story is - there's a debate early in the film over whether to make the truth about Godzilla public. One representative asserts that if it's true that the beast has been set loose from a habitat devastated by H-bomb tests, then Japan's diplomatic, economic, and political recovery would suffer. That's fairly canny for a monster movie. Of course, Gojira is as relevant now as ever - Fukushima comes to mind, as do the continuing rounds of threats and talks over Iran's rather whimsical nuclear program. O, and the sound of the creature's footsteps from early in the movie scared the hell out of me when I was a kid.
Now, to settle in and wait for the 2014 film.