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6 Questions We Have After Seeing 'Godzilla'

As great as the movie was, we're still curious about a few things.

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SPOILER WARNING: This article discusses plot points from Godzilla that might spoil certain aspects of the movie or might not make sense unless you've seen it.

Now that our ears have stopped echoing with the haunted sounds of Godzilla's roar, I wanted to get some of my questions out in the open. As much as I loved seeing the King of Monsters breathe atomic fury down that MUTO's throat, that amazing finisher doesn't magically fill in any plot holes. So let's dig in.

(Disclaimer: Yes, I'm totally capable of suspending my disbelief. Yes, I realize I'm spending too much time analyzing a giant monster movie. And no, none of these things really bugged me.)

Q1. Why bother with the train?

When the female MUTO wakes up, David Straitharn and company hatch a plan to lure it, the male MUTO, and Godzilla out into the Pacific Ocean with a nuclear bomb. Once they're far enough out to avoid contaminating the Bay Area with radiation poisoning, they'll detonate the bomb, and kill all three of them (and probably some whales).

This will presumably work because the MUTOs will follow the bomb to feed on its atomic energy, and Godzilla will follow the MUTOs because he totally effing hates MUTOs. So the military goes about transporting two very powerful nuclear bombs to San Francisco.

Why do they use a train to get them there?

The female MUTO (who can't fly by the way) ends up attacking the train crew and taking out the tracks they need to get the bomb to SF. In the process she eats one of the nukes, and the Army ends up transporting the uneaten nuke via helicopter. It seems like they could have saved themselves a whole lot of trouble if they'd tried that to begin with.

Q2. Why does anyone fire a bullet at Godzilla?

They've been bouncing off since 1954. We imagine that even if some sniper managed to hit Godzilla in the eye with some high-powered rifle, it would still not matter at all.

6 Questions We Have After Seeing 'Godzilla'
Looks bulletproof to me.
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Q3. Why does Elizabeth Olsen stay in San Francisco?

After nearly getting smushed by a MUTO, Aaron Taylor-Johnson assures Elizabeth Olsen he's on his way to San Francisco, and once he gets there, they will flee the city with their almost-5-year-old son. But why should she wait for him? Why isn't she just getting out of the City? She ends up putting their son on a bus with a friend from work while she stays to help as a nurse. Okay so that's noble, but you're a mom! Be a mom and get that kid out of the City.

6 Questions We Have After Seeing 'Godzilla'
Elizabeth Olsen in Godzilla.
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Q4. Why are there tanks on the Golden Gate Bridge?

At this point in the movie, everyone knows Godzilla and the male MUTO are on their way into the San Francisco Bay. As Godzilla arrives at the Golden Gate Bridge there's a last-ditch effort to keep him away from the City by blasting him with tanks, but why are they set up on the bridge? That seems needlessly dangerous. Just set up on the stable ground of the nearby headlands.

Q5. Did Godzilla and Aaron Taylor-Johnson just have a moment?

After Godzilla totally owns the female MUTO with that amazing finishing move, it looks like there's a moment when he and Lt. Brody (ATJ) make eye contact, and Godzilla's like, "Hey man, I got your back." And ATJ is all like, "You're the best, bro." So are they buddies now? Did Godzilla acknowledge this puny human's existence? When they make a sequel, will they team up to fight a new, bigger monster? Questions for the ages.

Q6. Will Mothra be in the sequel?

Did you notice Mothra in the new movie? When Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are looking through their old apartment, they come across a small terrarium from when ATJ was a kid. In it is a hatched cocoon, and the thing is labeled "Mothra." Also, in one of the trailers, you can briefly see the Shobijin, the two tiny twin fairies who are able to communicate with Mothra in the Toho films. These two Easter eggs, may just be Easter eggs. Or maybe director Gareth Edwards is dropping hints about the franchise's next giant monster.

[Edit: As some readers have pointed out, those "Shobijin" are actually firefighters, but we're not discounting the idea that they're an intentional visual tribute to the twin fairies.]

6 Questions We Have After Seeing 'Godzilla'
The Shobijin appear to show up briefly in one of the Godzilla trailers.
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