So I have somehow come to review 3 zombie themed films in a row. Two of this are Paul’s fault, that’s fair enough, but Doc of the Dead is all me. Heard about this documentary being made with the involvement of the guys from Red Letter Media, providing some short Plinkett themed gags, a few months back. The film has just appeared on Netflix so I guess I had to review it. Click the link below for words about this.
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Here it is. The final Godzilla film of The Film Dump’s Godzilla season. I may have had to miss 3 of the earlier films, due to nightmarish prices, but I’d say 27 Godzilla reviews in a row is just about enough. Looking forward to covering something a bit more arty next, whatever that ends up being. Will definitely have to be something a bit special methinks. Anywho, click the link below for my review of Gareth Edward’s 2014 take on Godzilla.
Well, we’re at the end of the Toho side of this journey. After this there’s just Gareth Edwards new US produced take on Godzilla, which can’t possibly be as awful as the 1998 film. Toho decided that in 2004, on Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, they’d go out with a bang and leave Godzilla to rest for 10 years. The aim was to make a modern, action packed love letter to the monsters and history of Godzilla. That film is Final Wars and after the link I’ll tell you all about how awesome Don Frye is.
Well look at this. It’s the only actual sequel of the Millennium Era. Godzilla: Tokyo SOS follows on a year after the events of Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. Kiryu is damaged and undergoing repairs, but there’s a ticking clock running in the form of the threat of an eventual return of Godzilla. Exciting stuff. Click the link below and I’ll tell you words about this here film.
Godzilla Against is, like the previous few films of the Millennium era, a film set within its own timeline. It takes the original film, with the change that the original Godzilla’s bones were left intact, picks a few points from Toho’s monster movie history such as Mothra and War of the Gargantuas, and returns Godzilla to modern Japan with the nation prepared to take him on. Only they’re not prepared enough and must do something a little crazy if they hope to defeat Godzilla again. Click the link below for my review.
GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.310: Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah – Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
So I think I’m going to need to break my no acronym rule with this one. There’s no what I’m writing that title out each time. Let’s go with the, generally accepted by the fans, GMK as the replacement title. GMK is probably the best Godzilla film other than the original. That’s probably enough review for you, but, if you like, there’s more you can read after the link.
Godzilla fights a giant pre-historic dragonfly in this film. Well, eventually he does. He’s gotta fight something I suppose, and fighting a giant dragonfly is certainly a step up from the giant rock and Quasimodo from the last film. Another fun fact, this is the only Godzilla film not tied to any previous film’s timeline. Even presents an alternate take on the original film’s outcome where Godzilla was never destroyed. So, this has to be worth a look I guess. Click the link below to see if Godzilla Vs Megaguirus is as mega as the name suggests… or something.
How long did it take Toho to get back to making Godzilla films after the US film was a giant turd? Not much over a year. Hell, they probably started planning and pre-production the moment Emmerich’s film was released. They don’t even bother explaining Godzilla’s return in this film. He’s just there and is a fact of life. Which is really quite cool. Godzilla isn’t a thing that was created so much as he’s a natural disaster rolling through Japan. I guess I should just get on with this one. Click the link below.
So after Toho gave Godzilla a huge send off in Godzilla Vs Destoroyah it was now up to Sony to reinvent the King of the Monsters for Western Audiences. A Hollywood version of Godzilla had been at various stages of pre-production since the early 80s. Jan De Bont’s attempt to make the film was eventually turned down due to the film requiring a budget of $120 million. Also, it may have had something to do with Godzilla’s origins being changed to that of a creature created by Atlantians. Was going to look like Godzilla though. And he would have fought a monster. When that was scrapped Dean Devlin was hired to produce and Roland Emmerich to direct. To be fair, they were on a bit of a roll with high spectacle summer blockbusters, s the decision made some sense. The script was rewritten and they were granted $130 million to give Godzilla the Hollywood treatment. Instead they made this film. Click the link below for my review.
During Godzilla Vs Spacegodzilla there is a few moments that provide a sense of looming finality to this Godzilla series. Certain loose ends from previous films are raised and tied into Spacegodzilla’s origins. Miki Saegusa (Megumi Odaka) was given a larger role and a fuller character to help give a reason to her continued reappearances. Both weapons the G-Force aimed to use on Godzilla, one passive and one aggressive, both fail leading to a feeling that nothing can stop Godzilla. Godzilla himself is presented is a slightly more humanised and heroic light. These elements were all in place for a reason. Because Toho had an end in sight for this version of Godzilla. This film, Godzilla Vs Destoroyah, is that end. Click the link below for my review of the last Heisei era Godzilla film.