A lot to unpack here. It feels like it's pretty similar to the final film, but mixes up a lot of things. Ultimately, I feel the final film is way better due to pacing. The draft seems to spend more time building up the initial Godzilla-creature, while the final version speeds to Kamatakun, while still allowing the build up. The instant the destroyer is capsized so early on, it's clear this is a much bigger problem then what initially happens in the final cut. The airport scene is cool, but again I think it's a more interesting scene with Kamatakun serpentining down the street and displacing cars.
-I like the idea of the creature getting to hot and returning to the ocean to change versus the electromagnetic stuff. Seems like the spines were initially going to be much wilder too.
I like the imagery of the sonar buoys, and detecting the heartbeat. I also like the discovery of Godzilla flesh in the aqua tunnel showing metamorphosis. I also like showing how catastrophic the damage is after Godzilla's attack. Like Tokyo is essentially abandoned. We get that in the final cut, but not as much detail of panic buying, people abandoned etc...
-Glad someone with oversight had the oversight to knock out the whole thing with conflict between father and son. Doesn't suit the narrative.
-There's a section where Godzilla grows wings and flies, and is compared to an ancient bird. Ehhhh. We also get the "head splitting concept" which we've seen art of, and would imply asexual reproduction, that we get in the final shot of the final cut. IMO, the final film did a lot better by acknowledging things that could happen, but don't.
-The choice to allow the United States and other countries to still be sus, and also having frustrations with Japan, but still allowing for cooperation and understanding makes the final product superior. . Lines like this are reflective of Japanese history and the Fukushima disaster. This is pretty much a response to that:"“This country became arrogant in its place in the world based on its scrap-and-build practices. This is the third time that we’ve suffered a nuclear attack, and the third time our capital has been destroyed. Japan is strong. This time as well, we will be able to achieve an incredible recovery. Believe in the hidden reserves of strength to be found in the Japanese people.” The line after that expresses interest in learning from Godzilla, and using it to cause horrors throughout the world, but this is quickly swatted down by the protagonist. The character responds with some weird BS about then attacking the United States, but it's quickly shot down by the protagonist.
-There also seems to be some weird stuff about Japan and the United States going to war at the end, which while I don't think is intended to be some nationalistic fantasy it's incredibly stupid. I think ultimately a lot of sentiments in this draft, and Shin Godzilla, wanting Japan to be less dependent on the United States are justified, but to the degree this comes off in the draft is stupid.
Overall, it's interesting. You can see how close this was to the final film, but I'm glad Toho or someone else was there saying maybe there would be better ways to remix/utilize these ideas.
Rodan95 wrote:The Shobijin are sat on by a fatass explorer and killed. Mothra is pissed and destroys Japan.