So I think I’m going to need to break my no acronym rule with this one. There’s no what I’m writing that title out each time. Let’s go with the, generally accepted by the fans, GMK as the replacement title. GMK is probably the best Godzilla film other than the original. That’s probably enough review for you, but, if you like, there’s more you can read after the link.
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GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.310: Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah – Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Well, having original monsters didn’t last long did it. Godzilla Vs Biollante wasn’t a huge success for Toho, and as such, efforts where put in place to bring back a classic Godzilla villain. Originally this was to be in the form of Godzilla Vs King Kong, essentially mirroring the 3rd film in the Showa era. Unfortunately the rights to King Kong were unavailable. Toho attempted to do Godzilla Vs Mechani-Kong, A character they created for King Kong Escapes, but found that even the likeness of the giant gorilla wouldn’t be allowed. This was when they decided to go ahead and reintroduce Godzilla’s greatest foe, King Ghidorah. But is the film any good? That is a tough question. Click the link below for my review.
Oh thank God(zilla) for Godzilla Vs Gigan. After going through the very child friendly Son of Godzilla and All Monsters Attack, through to watching whatever the hell Godzilla vs Hedorah was, I am so glad to be back in the realm of regular Godzilla films. Gone are the pre-teen characters. Gone is the horror that is Minilla. Returning to the fray is citywide destructions and actual action. I do feel that I may end up going easier on this film than I probably should. But know that this is only because of the previous three films making this look like a masterclass in monster based mayhem. Click the link below for my review.
We’re now Six films into the Godzilla series and, already, we’ve moved away from what the original film was drastically. The dark thematic elements regarding Japan’s fear of the Atomic bomb has been replaced with cursory discussion. Godzilla is no longer the villain but has become almost an anti-hero fighting to protect Earth. Gojira was very much set in the real world, in this film the Earth in invaded by aliens from Jupiter’s recently discovered moon, Planet X. The change in tone and style over the first 6 films is so grand that, if were not for the iconic design of Godzilla himself, you’d think thee films were entirely unrelated. This would be akin to making a sequel to a film like RoboCop and giving him a jetpack or having him fighting ninja robots or something equally stupid. Thankfully that fate has never befallen RoboCop. Godzilla, on the other hand, is only part of the way through his Showa era transformation. Click the link below to see if I think these changes have worked out for the best.
Notice a trend with the last few Godzilla film’s I’ve reviewed? He still hasn’t been given top billing in any film made since 1955. Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster isn’t even the last of these early films to keep this trend up either. The next film is Invasion of the Astro Monster. After that is Godzilla Vs The Sea Monster, except that’s the US title. The actual title is Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. After that is Son of Godzilla, where he’s playing second fiddle to his irritating offspring. It’s not until 1971s Godzilla Vs Hedorah that we get a definite film where Godzilla gets top billing. It is kind of strange for the main attraction of these films to never get his name in the title. None of that really matters though. I was just trying to find something to fill this opening paragraph with before asking you to click the link below for my review of Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster.