aka Gojira Tai Megaro (Original Title)
83 min., 1973
Written by Jun Fukuda/Takeshi Kimura/Shin’ichi Sekizawa
Directed by Jun Fukuda
My rating: ★★
Monsters, giant robots and undersea people! Awesome! Except for the people.
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Goro Ibuki (Katsuhiko Sasaki) is an inventor and he has just created a human sized robot that is dubbed Jet Jaguar. The undersea civilization of Seatopia finds out about the robot and sends some agents to steal the robot. You see Seatopia is being destroyed by ecological disasters and have decided that the surface is the perfect place to live. They want Jet Jaguar to lead their monster, Megalon, to the surface and lay waste. Goro, his brother Rokuro (Hiroyuki Kawase) and their friend Hiroshi Jinkawa (Yataka Hayashi) are caught by the agents of Seatopia and Jet Jaguar is stolen. Now under their control, Jet Jaguar leads Megalon on a destructive rampage, that is until Jet Jaguar has his controls brought back and he starts to fight Megalon. Oh, did I forget to mention that Jet Jaguar can grow to the size of Godzilla? Well he can! The emperor of Seatopia calls for some reinforcements and they get Gigan. Two on one isn’t fair so Godzilla finally shows up and the fight truly begins.
The real problem with the movie is the people, with most of the acting being really stale. Everyone from Seatopia really isn’t trying and it shows, painfully. Then we have Hiroyuki Kawase as the kid brother, and oh my god is he annoying. Every time he’s on screen I just want to hit the TV with a hammer. On the other side is Katsuhiko Sasaki who takes the role very serious. He does a great job, but it’s not enough to overshadow the other actors.
Now this is a fun monster battle. Megalon is a great monster, looking like a giant two-legged bug that is strange and completely alien. Then there is Jet Jaguar who is (as far as I can tell) a nod to Ultra Man. Giant monsters are fun, but when you toss in giant robots then the fun level goes through the roof. They also bring back Gigan which is a super cool monster to begin with, but having him fight alongside Megalon makes for a great (and deadly) duo. We can’t forget the monster of monsters, now can we? Godzilla comes crashing in and makes his appearance, which almost makes you stand up and cheer because you know he’s going to kick some ass. The fight is great and a whole lot of fun to watch.
If it wasn’t for the acting this would be one of the best Godzilla films so far. But sadly the acting really hurts the film and until the battle you are about to hit the fast forward button to get to the good part. If you stick it out until the monster battle you are in for a great fight, but if you decide to fast forward to the battle I’d completely understand. This is one of the few movies where I’d just say to skip the people and get right to the fighting.Have You Read...?