It’s easy to tell Gareth Edwards is relatively new to Hollywood.
The director of the new Godzilla reboot is talking up the film as a climate change treatise even though the finished product barely registers as such.
The new Hollywood tradition is the opposite–deny your film has a political component but make sure said message hits audiences over the head like a cudgel. Consider Matt Damon trying to mislead the masses regarding the anti-fracking yarn Promised Land and Occupy Wall Street sci-fi Elysium as Exhibits A and B.
Edwards, whose previous claim to fame is the lo-fi indie Monsters, told The Daily Beast why his movie fits in with Hollywood’s enviro-movement.
The actual film is not nearly as environmentally smug as he makes it sound. In fact, in a mild spoiler alert comment, Godzilla arrives on the scene as nature’s counter-balance.
In Edwards’ Godzilla, the earth protects itself by summoning the big, green monster.
Edwards deserves credit for bringing a gentle touch to his cinematic soapbox. A quick phone call with a veteran like Damon, though, will likely convince him to play down his politics while promoting his next feature.