Critic John Powers writes, "There's an amoral pleasure to be had in watching Godzilla reduce Tokyo to fiery rubble." Toho/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

Unlike Jaws and Alien, whose creatures are soulless things to be destroyed, Godzilla resonates because of something that once defined the best monster movies — a sense of compassion for the monster.

Critic John Powers writes, "There's an amoral pleasure to be had in watching Godzilla reduce Tokyo to fiery rubble." Toho/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

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