I am still working on The Dark Knight Rises; there is so much going on in the film that I just haven't been able to complete it and I do apologize! In the meantime, just a little appetizer to keep your appetites up!Okay, granted, it's not Godzilla by name, and yet, a lizard like this--against the lizard man in The Amazing Spider Man, and the named references in that film--reminds us of the great reptile and his place in history, and, more importantly, how he got there. Godzilla was a catharsis for the Japanese because of the destruction caused by America when we dropped two atomic bombs on them, just as Steven Spielberg's giant shark Jaws was a catharsis for Americans because of the terror fighting World War II was for Americans. The giant lizards in these two films are ways of invoking the super-power status America had at the end of World War II and how we used that power and status to fight international communism (the same idea, expressed in different terms, are in nearly all the pro-capitalist films being released, such as The Avengers, Captain America, The Amazing Spider Man, Battleship, Cowboys and Aliens, etc.).
I actually saw Brad Peyton's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island before it left the theater, but something about it puzzled me,... something about it eluded me,... something about it seemed incredible, incomprehensible, even, dare I say it? Nonsensical,... as I was sitting in front of a Redbox kiosk, my eyes skimming the titles to be rented, I was reminded of the unconquered challenge of this film--that I hadn't cracked its code, I hadn't mined its secrets, I hadn't delved into the magical mirror it was holding up for us--and then, like the Writing On the Wall of the Holy Spirit, I understood all: it was about socialist utopia. No wonder it didn't make any sense!
But there is another law of the island: everything normally big is small and everything small is unusually big, even gigantic, and that, too, is a wonderful scenario for socialism. The law that everything becomes really big or really small, in the obverse natural order, reflects how the upper-classes become "little people" in socialism and the "little people," the lower-classes, (are supposed to) become the "big people," the ones who own the factories and the means of production. It also reflects another grim truth of socialism: things which aren't important/taken for granted in our world today (like milk, toilet paper, deodorant, medicine, shoes, laundry detergent, etc.) become really, really important in socialism because they become scarce: the government's regulation of production means only what is absolutely necessary is produced and there is no surplus. On the other hand, there might be lots of airplanes, or wind turbines, solar panels, etc.,which are so common that they become "common place," or small, because no one ever thinks about them.
Similarly, we can see in the storm the usual hallmarks of socialism: times become troubled in a country and a group of communists use the political/financial unrest to take over the government and establish a socialist state. Likewise, the flying of the helicopter through the hurricane/storm symbolizes the numerous storms at the end of the Bush Administration which made it possible for President Obama to tap into voter dissatisfaction (more on this in just a moment). But the island's rising and sinking, the mythical Atlantis, is the Utopian state which men seek after but never lasts, and while, like the island, it rises, socialism usually ends up falling right back into the sea; sometimes it takes longer, sometimes, not so long.