Godzilla: Final Wars [Reviewed by the Drudgeon]

Godzilla: Final Warsaka Gojira: Fainaru uôzu
125 min., 2004
Directed by Ryûhei Kitamura
Language: Japanese (English subtitles available)
My rating: 4 stars
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Too…many…monsters…can’t think straight…this is so awesome!

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So it’s years after Godzilla first attacked and after some more wars and stuff monsters started to appear and wreak havoc around the world.  As a means of defense, some humans started showing signs of “superpowers”.  They are faster and stronger than normal, and they have been brought together by the Earth Defense Force to be trained and fight them off.  Luckily Godzilla was finally sealed in ice and for the most part the mutants have been able to fend off the monsters.  So we are quickly introduced to a vehicle called the Gotengo that is piloted by Colonel Gordon (Don Frey).  They are locked in a battle with Manda and in the end they end up destroying him.  A little after that monsters start to attack a bunch of cities for no reason.  Rodan attacks New York City, Kamacuras attacks Paris, Anguirus attacks Shanghai, Zilla (the American Godzilla) attacks Sydney, Kumonga attacks Arizona, Ebirah attacks Tokyo and King Caesar attacks Okinawa.  After Ebirah and the mutants fight for a little bit, they all disappear.  An alien race called the Xilians are the ones that have taken the monsters and are there to tell Earth about a planet called Gorath that is going to crash into Earth.  Are the Xilians really here to help out or do they have other plans, and how can I control myself with so many monsters in one movie?

Of all the actors I loved the performance of Kazuki Kitamura who played the Xilian Controller.  He is just a blast to watch, especially after Godzilla defeats each monster.  He’s like a child that is throwing a temper tantrum, and then he quickly regains composure and goes back to planning.  His facial expressions are just great and I wish there was even more of him throughout the movie.  Don Frey was also great in the movie.  His tough but nice guy posturing works so well especially with his facial expressions.  The only real let down was Masahiro Matsuoka as the hero Ozaki.  He was just way too stiff to be even remotely enjoyable to watch.

Holy shit!  Holy shit!  HOLY SHIT!!!!!  There are so many monsters in this movie I just can’t contain myself.  Men in rubber suits, CG, wires, blue/green screen, etc. is all there and it is just so good.  There are so many monster battles that I really can’t go into all of them.  Let’s just say that this is probably the best of the bunch.  We have Anguirus, Ebirah, King Caesar, Mothra, Gigan, Hedorah, Manda, Zilla, Kumongo, Rodan, Kamacuras, Minilla, Monster X, and Monster X II (King Ghidorah).  Plus there are cameos by Gezora, Titanosaurus, Baragon, Varan, Mechagodzilla, Gaira and Megaguirus.  I really can’t say how great the amount of monsters and their battles are to do it justice.  Drool…

In the end this probably one of my top three Godzilla movies.  There is just so much chaos in this movie (explosions, laser fire, motorcycle chases, crazy kung-fu/Matrix style fight scenes, and the fucking monsters), that almost everyone can find something that they can enjoy.  Even if you are not a fan of Godzilla, everyone should check this one out, because it is the perfect popcorn film to lie back to and just enjoy for the pure monsteriffic value.

So long for now Godzilla.  I will truly and wholeheartedly miss you.

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