aka Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ – Daikaijû Sôkôgeki (Original Title)
105 min., 2001
Written by Kei’ichi Hasegawa/Shûsuke Kaneko/Masahiro Yokotani
Directed by Shûsuke Kaneko
My rating: ★
Who the hell thought that this would be a good idea?
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The movie begins with talks about a reappearance of Godzilla, but no one really accepts it. As more time goes on there are more sightings of other monsters. We then meet a “reporter” named Yuri (Chiharu Niiyama). You see she works on a TV show that reports on “monster” activity. All of it is pretty much faked, but she really wants to be taken more seriously. So Godzilla does finally make an appearance and that’s when people finally take notice. The other monsters that appear were Baragon and Mothra and doing some research Yuri finds out that there are three monsters that are guardians that will defend the Earth (not the people, but the Earth itself) from trouble. The third turns out to be King Ghidorah. Another thing that is learned is that Godzilla is a manifestation of the souls of the people killed during World War II. So what will happen when the four monsters finally meet in one giant battle?
So the only real actor that is worth mentioning was Chiharu Niiyama. If you notice that she is the only one that I actually bring up. She did a fine job and I have no actual complaints about her, but the rest of the cast was just bland. It didn’t feel like they were reading lines, but at the same time there was no real emotion behind it as well. So most of the movie I just didn’t care what happened to any of the characters.
Now comes the best part of any Godzilla movie. The monster battle! The first battle is between Godzilla and Baragon and it is awesome. This is the first of the “modern” Godzilla movies to have Godzilla literally throwing his opponents around. Tossing Baragon into a building and then stomping on his face. It is just great! The next is between Godzilla and Mothra. Another great battle where Mothra flies around and shoots stingers at Godzilla. After that battle King Ghidorah finally appears! The battle begins…wait a minute. Ghidorah is a good guy? What the fuck is that! I know that Godzilla has changed over the years and has played both the hero and the villain, but Ghidorah has always been a villain. He is a destroyer of worlds not a fucking protector of worlds! Argh!!! Okay that aside the fight is actually pretty cool. Godzilla beats the shit out of him and then…wait just another fucking minute. Ghidorah dies three times in this movie. Wait, three times in the same battle. What a fucking loser! No no no no no! Ghidorah is a bad ass that it takes a few monsters to take him down and he’s taken down three times in one battle! Foul!!
The movie as a whole is just okay. Nothing really is great, but nothing is really all that terrible. The effects are better and there are almost no wires to be seen and that is always a bonus in my book. But then they took an icon that was an ultimate evil and turned him into a protector! I’m sorry but I just can’t accept that. The fights are pretty darn good as long as Ghidorah isn’t involved and that really sucks!Have You Read...?