First of all, how fucking AWESOME is that poster?
Anyway, to the uninitiated (and unintelligent) the Godzilla films are merely a man, in a rubber suit, demolishing a model town. To the more intelligent viewer it has a far, more deeper, meaning. Not only that, but the character of Godzilla itself has gone through several variations over the years, from being the bad guy, to the good guy, and back again, several times.
The story, (yes, there’s a story) begins with some strange goings-on which involve what people assume to be an earthquake, but it’s epicenter seems to be moving (which is a tad odd). Yuri, daughter of a military Admiral, is an intrepid reporter for a ‘bargain basement’ (as they call it in the film) TV network and is covering the story.
The source of the earthly rumblings is shown when up pops a giant horned version of Stitch (from Lilo and Stitch) called Baragon.
Baragon represents the earth, Mothra the water, and King Ghidorah the sky. Together they are the three Sacred Guardians who have saved Japan in the past. Once Baragon has reared his ugly head, Godzilla appears on the scene, for no real reason it would seem, other than to kick Baragon’s ass and destroy a bajillion Japanese folks along the way.
While investigating this bizarre scene, Yuri meets the (inevitable) crazy old man who whines about doom and gloom and mentions the Guardians. Yuri mentions this to her father who suspects that she’s gone crackers, and who can blame him. But, once Godzilla dispatches of Baragon, up pops (or, from a cocoon, out pops) Mothra.
Things are looking pretty bleak for Japan as the third quarter of this game approaches. But *fanfare* Ghidorah is awakened from his (or her) ancient slumber to grapple with the big G.
End of the third quarter and it looks like Godzilla is the winner but, never fear, thanks to various bits and bobs here and there, Ghidorah is reborn as KING Ghidorah, all gold and glittery.
It’s now up to Glitter King Ghidorah to save the day.
Costing a mere $9.5m to make, this film is friggin gobsmacking. It uses men in suits for the monsters, some unobtrusive CGI for the odd impossible-to-do-otherwise scene and awesome monster fights. $9m well spent methinks.
Godzilla, in this movie, is truly evil. Not only do we see him kill many people (killings are usually off camera, or suggested) but we see one scene (clip below) with a little girl in hospital, all bandaged up and feeling sorry for herself. On seeing Godzilla approach the hospital she sits up and screams. Fear not little girl, as Godzilla has passed and you live… until Godzilla side-swipes the hospital with his tail, obliterating the place. Nasty! Who says Godzilla isn’t bad ass?
There are times when I watched this film and could easily believe it was a real city. The models are amazingly detailed and explode just like the real thing.
This is an awesome Godzilla/monster flick. Yes, the story is ridiculous, but it’s just an excuse to get some good monster action, and that is exactly what I want, and what this film delivers. Watch it now, to witness the ineptitude of Hollywood, and what a PROPER film maker can do with just $10m.