Oh thank God(zilla) for Godzilla Vs Gigan. After going through the very child friendly Son of Godzilla and All Monsters Attack, through to watching whatever the hell Godzilla vs Hedorah was, I am so glad to be back in the realm of regular Godzilla films. Gone are the pre-teen characters. Gone is the horror that is Minilla. Returning to the fray is citywide destructions and actual action. I do feel that I may end up going easier on this film than I probably should. But know that this is only because of the previous three films making this look like a masterclass in monster based mayhem. Click the link below for my review.
If you were handsome enough to have read my Son of Godzilla, and to a lesser extent the All Monsters Attack, review you’ll recall how I wondered just how Godzilla got to that point. How they went from a theme of nature fighting back against man for their own destructive ways to being a child’s hero. Last night I watch Godzilla Vs Hedorah for the first time and my previous musing has now been rendered obsolete by this query. Godzilla Vs Hedorah… what even is this and why, and how… also, wha? I’ll try to explain after the link below.
I’m really quite annoyed that I couldn’t get hold of a copy of Destroy All Monsters. The reason is because I have now had to watch two of the most misguided Godzilla films of the Showa era in a row. The last film I reviewed was Son of Godzilla. A film that features Godzilla playing pops to a baby Godzilla known as Minilla. That film may have been first of the Godzilla films squarely aimed at children, but it did at least bear the hallmarks of the sci-fi elements you expect from the series along with the sort of characters you expect. All Monsters Attack is odd. Really odd. How odd? Click the link below and I’ll explain.
I had never seen Son of Godzilla before last night. A friend of mine had described it as being… ahem… “a stupid log of bloody shit floating down a river of hate blood shat out of a whores eye hole”. Which is as vivid a description of a film as you could ever ask for. I had always though the film was merely the tipping point where Godzilla films stopped being family sci-fi adventure flicks and became focused on being children’s entertainment. But, you know, everyone has their own interpretation of a film. So, click the link below for mine.
Did you know that both Spider-man and Godzilla make an appearance in the original version of the Mega Drive classic The Revenge of Shinobi? No? You didn’t care? oh… sorry. Was just trying to tie this review into Godzilla Season. I mean, this film has just kind of appeared right in the middle of my efforts to review as many Godzilla films as I can. Kind of a dick move Sony. Anyway, I just got back from seeing Amazing Spider-man 2 and after the link is my thoughts. The review will discuss spoilers but I’ll keep the most important of them at the bottom of the post and clearly signpost the, first. There is various small plot details littered throughout though. Click the link below for the full review!
It’s time for a Godzilla island adventure! Grab your Hawaiian shirt, your Ukulele and get ready to get down and swing with a veritable bevy of beach based fun! That’s right folk! Godzilla is going on holiday and you’re invited! But what’s that? Is that a giant lobster?! Well that can only mean one thing! Toho has ran out of ideas, or money, and is putting anything they can together to try to save money during a period of Japanese film making where readily available funds were in decline! Money will be saved. Adventures will be had. Angles will be Dutched and and music will be seriously groovy. Click the link for Ebirah, Horror of the Deep!
We’re now Six films into the Godzilla series and, already, we’ve moved away from what the original film was drastically. The dark thematic elements regarding Japan’s fear of the Atomic bomb has been replaced with cursory discussion. Godzilla is no longer the villain but has become almost an anti-hero fighting to protect Earth. Gojira was very much set in the real world, in this film the Earth in invaded by aliens from Jupiter’s recently discovered moon, Planet X. The change in tone and style over the first 6 films is so grand that, if were not for the iconic design of Godzilla himself, you’d think thee films were entirely unrelated. This would be akin to making a sequel to a film like RoboCop and giving him a jetpack or having him fighting ninja robots or something equally stupid. Thankfully that fate has never befallen RoboCop. Godzilla, on the other hand, is only part of the way through his Showa era transformation. Click the link below to see if I think these changes have worked out for the best.