The Drudgeon reviews Invasion Of Astro-Monster

Invasion Of Astro-Monsteraka Kaijû Daisensô (Original Title)
96 min., 1965
Written by Shin’ichi Sekizawa
Directed by Inoshirô Honda
Language: Japanese
My rating: ★★★

Planet X and King Ghidorah?!  Oh shit!

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So there are two astronauts, Glenn (Nick Adams) and Fuji (Akira Takarada) that are sent to outer space to check out a new planet that has been discovered, dubbed Planet X.  They get there and learn that King Ghidorah is attacking them and that they are looking for help from Earth.  They ask to “borrow” Godzilla and Rodan to save them and in return they will give Earth the ultimate cure for all diseases.  Godzilla and Rodan take down Ghidorah with little problem, but the tape that Planet X gave to Earth informs them that they now control the two monsters and if Earth doesn’t surrender to them, they will unleash Godzilla and Rodan on them.

The acting is pretty much the same as the last with everyone doing a pretty darn good job.  One of my favorites was Kumi Mizuno who played Miss Namikawa, she does a wonderful job of playing her part and brings a fun spark to the rather boring role.  Nick Adams and Akira Takarada both do a great job and have some real good chemistry between them.

The effects are no better than the last movie.  This is both good and bad, with the movie not falling back to older effects, but at the same time there is no innovation.  The first battle is really great, with Godzilla and Rodan fighting King Ghirdorah fighting on the surface of Planet X.   It really does look cool.  Now the ship effects are pretty darn dated and there is no way for me to really defend how bad they do look, but then again it was from 1965 and they did what they could, as bad as it may look now.

This movie is another one that is a whole lot of fun.  The story is pretty fun, and it also begins a long running “relationship” with aliens and how they attempt to take over Earth.  Another cool thing about the movie is that it does take the continuity further.  Talking about the last movie and bringing up some of the other ones really help it to feel like a really long story with some good fights and a few twists.  Good monster battles are what are really starting to shine in the series.  As the movie churns along, you are just waiting for the battle to begin, and not just the beginning of the fight, but who the fighters are going to be.  Is it a one on one, six on one, two on two or a twelve-monster battle royale  (don’t worry, it’s coming)?  Again, most non-fans will still laugh and talk about how they wonder why there have been so many Godzilla movies made, while the Godzilla fans will probably go crazy for this one.  As a fan 3 and as a non-fan 1.

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