While I’m not overly fond of the kaiju films, every once in a while I can catch one that doesn’t leave me groaning at the fact that I’m watching a guy in a suit pretend to be a giant monster. I have never really been a big Godzilla fan and I couldn’t even really say that I disliked them because I NEVER gave them a chance. I suppose I’m stubborn because it has taken nearly 30 years for me to watch one, not counting the terrible Godzilla from 1998. My first overall experience was the 2003 film, Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S., directed by Masaaki Tezuka who has been working on kaiju films for quite some time.
Godzilla has been defeated and his bones used in the restoration of MechaGodzilla; Mothra returns to Tokyo to warn of the dire consequences if Godzilla’s bones are not put to rest in the sea and no one listens until it’s too late.
I’m no stranger to sub-titled films, so as far as this one goes the translations seem to make sense and not much is lost from Japanese to English. The only downfall to foreign cinema is the difficulty of conveying emotion and fear, since western traditions and film making is so different. Though, I am happy to say that with this being my first Godzilla adventure, it went pretty well.
This is a pretty damn fun movie with some pretty convincing effects. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still either an animatronic robot or a guy in a suit, but this film is very faithful to the roots of Godzilla. You’re not going to get completely blown away by this film, but it is worth checking out, if you’re into these types of films.
Frank seems to have much more patience and appreciation for these films than I do, which is strange especially since I’m such an advocate for Troma films, but I suppose kaiju films aren’t for everyone. I do urge you, however, to watch it and form your own opinion.
I appreciate this film, but I doubt I’ll revisit it anytime soon. I personally give this film 1.5 Godzilla bones out of 5.