Zechs closes out Toho Month with a look at his Top Fifteen Favorite Kaiju flicks.
*Oh, yes Zechs does know he's a day late and at the start of a new month.WELL TOO BAD!
In closing out Toho Month I
decided to go the cheap route in listing my top fifteen favorite Kaiju films of
all time. Why fifteen? Because I hate top ten, eleven is just as short, and
with fifteen it’s such a much easier number for me to load this thing up. If
you don’t know me I am an avid lover of Kaiju movies, though Godzilla ones in
particular. Sure I’ve seen Gamera movies and North Korean variety, but to me
Godzilla will always be the films to judge any other Kaiju film.
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So there will be a few non-Godzilla films that snuck onto this list. Which ones
will they be? Will I think one might surprise some and another probably
won’t.I have to admit even with fifteen
this was super tough for me. I wanted to include Gorgo (1961), The Last
Dinosaur (1977), and a couple Gamera movies namely Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995) and Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967). Yes, I know the later stinks, but hell
when I was a kid and later re-watching it on Mystery Science Theater 3000 that movie was utter gold to me. So to
those films you all get an honorable mention and will always be dear to my
heart, but these other fifteen films will be a lot closer.
So here’s hoping I get some
people hooked in and saying, “YOU PUT THAT ON YOUR LIST? GODDAMN YOU
ZECHS!!”So onto my list:
*Oh and THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.
But then if you haven’t seen these films already. SHAME ON YOU!
15.) Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
-Even though this is a basic
retelling of the original Godzilla vs.
Mothra (1964) film now with Mechagodzilla inserted into the conflict, I’ll
be damned if I wasn’t entertained by this film. I think what does it for me is
the continuation of the previous film so we don’t have to skip through yet
another Mechagodzilla origin.
Still it does have its issues.
For example, about the most likeable characters in the film are the old veteran
soldier who actually was in the original Mothra
(1961) and of course now former Mechagodzilla pilot Akane Yashiro, who has one
of my all time favorite human scenes of a Godzilla film in this movie with her
speaking to the main character in this piece about Kiryu. There’s just
something about that scene and it is a very nice passing of the torch of her
character to Kiryu’s new guardian (even if he isn’t the actual pilot). Also I’m
just glad that she actually was allowed to reprise her role and not just forgot
or replaced behind the scenes(*cough* pilots of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
were where you in Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla?! *cough*).
Then there’s the actual
creatures that habit this film. Kiryu is just a wonder and joy to behold in
what’s probably just an awesome update to a grand mecha, Mothra’s main form is
alright but comparing this to her previous outing from two films ago this to me
was just a bad showing of her in this form. However,her larval form gets major propsfor me with the updates they get here. Then
there’s of course Godzilla in his last Millennium suit appearance with a nice
honking scar. I just love the fact that he’s an utter beast in this one bent on
unholy revenge against Kiryu in this.
Other than that and even with
the great creature effects this film is hammered down by the horribly one
dimensional main character and a very annoying child character. Though no
matter what I have to give this film a pass onto my list cause heck a
Mechagodzilla unit actually wins. Go Kiryu!
14.) Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
- I probably will get some slack for putting this movie
in, but hell it’s King Ghidorah and his return to the Godzilla series. I can
still remember the first time I saw this film in the late 90s, when Roger
Corman was hosting a Godzilla-thon of the Heisei series on American Movie
What I love about this film is two things. One Akira
Ifukube returns to Godzilla music. Like John Williams with Star Wars, Ifukube
is just so attached to Godzilla series that any Godzilla film with his music is
always a treat. Boy is this movie a soundtrack delight. From the alternate harp
entrance of Godzilla’s intro in one scene to a modified revamp of King Ghidorah
to the theme of the M-11 robot. All these themes where just awesome and without
these songs I probably not have put this film on this list.
Then there’s my main reason: ITS GODZILLA FIGHTING KING
GHIDORAH! I mean come on after what, a twenty year absence? These two grand
Kaiju titans finally lock horns once again in a very brutal battle. I still get
darn goose bumps when the words, “KILL HIM.. KING GHIDORAH!” and bam the fight
just erupts between the two. It just gets me, when a film is doing that I know
they’re doing things just right.
Also there’s some actual great human characters and a
great non human. I’m sure Toho was cashing in on Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) that came out the same year, but
I’ll be damned if the M-11 was an entertaining character. The same goes for
Shindo, a character who’s not only spent rebuilding Japan due to frequent
Godzilla rampages, but a man who respects the creature during World War II. The
scene with him and Godzilla is damn good.Probably one of my favorite Godzilla facing off against a human scene.
You know what’s going to happen, but with the history built between the two in
this film it still hits hard.
My major complaints with this film would be the ultra
dated space ship effect in this film and the fact that Ghidorah doesn’t retain
his classic roar. Plus he didn’t get much a revamp here save for his Mecha
Ghidorah form. Regular Ghidorah looked a lot like his Showa counterpart and
honestly I hungered for a Ghidorah to rival the redone Godzilla. Still, it is an
awesome suit, I just wish Toho had gone out more in doing this.
Then there are the
plot holes with this film which are huge.For example, why in the damned world would the Future humans just
deposit Godzilla in the middle of Pacific Ocean and not just kill him?! I know
they’re arrogant and all, but still. Then there’s the whole upgrade Godzilla
gets that makes no sense. Still, Godzilla gets a damned good entrance in this
at least more in the actual America dubbed version.
13.) Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964)
-Hey if I put the remake at fifteen, you just had to know
the original movie would be showing up sooner or later. Honestly, other than
the remaining Showa films here this is probably one of the few of them I
re-watch over and over again. There’s just so much fun to it. We get probably
one of the best damned Godzilla entrances period. I still remember when first
watching this how off-guard it caught me as much as it did the characters. Plus
he just adds such a presence to this film. The moment Godzilla shows up you’re
like, “Ok now not only is the bad guy in this screwed, but so are the good
guys.” Sure enough, was I so right.
Honestly, this probably had my favorite human villains in
a Godzilla film. They were just so damn greedy and only thinking about themselves
it felt so damn rewarding when Godzilla showed up and everything they build up
to ensure that Mothra egg was blowing up in their face.
The other thing I loved about this was the
unpredictability of this film. You just didn’t know where it was going. At
first, you have the human plot with the human characters fighting over this
egg, then Mothra wanting it, then Godzilla appears, and it’s Mothra and the
good human characters teaming up to make sure Godzilla doesn’t get a nice egg
omelet. Then the death that occurs during all of it. There’s just so much that
It floored me that Toho actually kills Mothra in this before handing it off to
the two little larval forms who you think don’t have a shot in heck, but
somehow manage to pull off one heck of an upset win.About the only negatives I have is the dated
effects and the film does kind of drag until Godzilla show’s up. Still probably
my favorite Godzilla being evil against a heroic creature.
12.) Godzilla: Final Wars
-Ah the Michael Bay of Godzilla films or at least that’s
how I view this one. Just about everything is left a molten crater by the time
this film is over. Nothing human or alien made is left standing in this. Not to
mention this is a very fun revamp of Destroy
All Monsters (1968). It’s pretty much Godzilla vs. Toho’s entire arsenal of
Kaiju with a somewhat assist from Mothra. About all the creature effects save
for one (more on that later) where done exceptionally. Of them all though, the
King himself was one of the stand-outs with such a sleek updated design
incorporating a lot of good from previous Godzilla suit designs. The other was
Gigan who after thirty years of being absent during the Heisei series FINALLY
returns to pester Godzilla again. I’m glad the director in this gave Gigan the
most due of the monsters Godzilla went up against. It’s such a great update and
show of the character.
Then there the characters both human and alien that are
also in this. Honestly, this is probably the main problem I have with this
film. There’s just so many darn characters that the first hour is just so
taxing to get to the good stuff. The human on alien action is just cornbally,
except for two specific characters. Namely,Don Frye as Douglas Gordon and Kazuki Kitamura as the villainous Xillian
Starscream-like character. Both in the non-action scenes just utterly chew the
scenery they’re in and both are probably my two favorite actors in portraying
the best American and Villainous Alien characters.The face-off between the two is probably my
favorite human scene before we some great Kaiju destruction and then a bad
The other problem I had of this film was the final form
of Monster X.Honestly, it seriously
disappointed me. Of all Ghidorah designs this just felt so damn patched
together. I mean sure it surprised me to heck and made me scream “YES! OF
COURSE KING GHIDORAH IS GODZILLA’S ULTIMATE FOE!” and smack myself that I
didn’t see this twist coming. Still, other than being big Keiser Ghidorah is
hardly imposing. I mean sure the glowing red eyes is neat. But the actual
design of the creature left me wanting something more. I guess I was spoiled
too much with Grand King Ghidorah (from Rebirth
of Mothra III) and even Ghirodah’s design in GMK. Regardless this is a fitting end to Godzilla with the
11.) War of the Gargantuas (1966)
- SURPRISE! Of all the Toho films made during Godzilla’s
Showa period, this has to be my favorite non-Godzilla film. I bet some were
thinking I put King Kong Escapes! (1967)
due to MechaKong. Well.. WRONG!! Even with the cyborg presence, I hate the darn
monkey.I know by even saying that I now
incur the wrath of Lord Simian. WELL BRING IT! We should even have jsalwen do a
sketch of MechaKong vs. Mechagodzilla. Of course we know the later wins because
well let’s face it a primate mecha sucks.
Anyway, back to this movie. I enjoy it so because it has
two monsters duking it out (and a third octopus creature as well in the
beginning). Plus the maser guns used during this actually did something then
merely give Godzilla or other Toho creatures an itching sensation. The other
reason is that “evil” Frankenstein aka Gaira has good excuse to wreck all this
havoc: humans are darn tasty. To stop his all you can eat human buffet stands
Sanda, another gentler Frankenstein. It is these two creatures and their
effects of the world around it that make’s the film for me.
Not to mention their battle is so darn brutal and honestly I wondered
throughout just really who’d win this brawl given there was no big name
attached (i.e. you knew Godzilla was going to win this or the heroic good
guy).Here both creatures are just so
evenly matched.I just love the battle
goes everywhere with these two. This was almost the falls count and anything
goes match anywhere of Kaiju brawls.
The problems I have with this film are the fact they
switch from calling these creatures from Frankenstein to Gargantuas at the drop
of a hat. You never get any exposition as to why they do. They just do. Also is
the ending, when the battle reaches the water and its volcanic end I just
wanted more. An actual end with one of them winning or both killing each other.
Sure the later happens somewhat, but only because of nature. I just wanted far
superior closure then what we got. Still, for no other big named Toho Kaiju
this is a great film to watch, even more with the Japan military actually being
a good threat in this. Is it any wonder Toho used the stock footage of the
attacks in this in later Godzilla Showa films?
10.) Godzilla vs. Biollante
- What the?! I just reviewed this film! Well for those
wondering what I felt about the movie just see here for my review.To summarize, Godzilla goes down an
intriguing concept in this one besides him being cloned into a giant plant.
It’s that various humans are fighting over a sample of Godzilla and what it
could do for the world both against the Big Lizard or helping mankind. Again,
the creature and special effects are great here. However, the music (save for
the cues of Ifukube music here and there) is very repetitive.That’s all I have to say here without
breaking into a broken record with what I said in my review.
9.) Gamera 3: The Awakening of
- Honestly, what other Gamera film where you expecting to
crack into this list? I have a small guilty pleasure love of the Showa series,
but the Heisei Gamera Trilogy just blows that to pieces. Of the three films,
none was as spectacular or brilliant as this one was. It has an even deadlier
foe (Irys) than ever before and with a recurring one (Gyaos), who’s like almost
a hydra like creature in this. Kill one and ten more replace it. Also the
motives of the main Kaiju monster is actually an interesting one: revenge.
Though not the first film that tried this motive both past and present, it’s
more rooted here than any previously shown with collateral damage of Gamera
destroying a Gyaos from the first part of this series and in effect what dooms
him here with the little girl befriending Irys who take’s to the rage the girl
has for the giant flaming turtle.
For a Gamera film the Heisei series had probably the best
creature effects of the entire series Showa and Millennium. Never has Gamera utterly looked terrifying
then he does in this series or film.Plus never before has Gamera or probably any friendly Kaiju gone to the
depths the big giant turtle had to save said little girl.You really get a feel for the motivations of
Gamera here than ever before in a Gamera film.
Also I cannot forget and say how much the actual story
and direction of this film utterly is. Shusuke Kaneko easily outdoes his
previous Gamera efforts with a VERY GRIM yet heroic finish to this Heisei
8.) Godzilla Against
- As I said in the previous entry with Gamera, revenge is
an intriguing motive. Once more it is what drives the main character, Akane
Yashiro to why she’s so obsessive in wanting revenge for Godzilla. We see it
quite clearly here in the beginning of this film.
a great job as Akane in balancing the rage, redemption, and catching up given
she’s been out of the game for so long that she experiences throughout this
piece all in her quest to defeat Godzilla. Plus it’s just awesome finally
seeing inside one of those maser tanks and FINALLY someone in them targeting an
area other than Godzilla’s body.
Never before does Michiru Ōshima’s Millennium score work as well than it does here. The very
imposing building theme just works as Godzilla is much like a certain giant
shark where you know he’s coming it’s just the when. Plus the variations on the
theme work quite well here with it being more a “villain” theme than usual
musical Godzilla themes.
Then there’s Mechagodzilla
itself aka Kiryu. Just an awesome update of a classic Godzilla rogue. I love
that finally after making so many darn versions of the machine, that Japan
finally gave it a name than just simply call it Mechagodzilla.The design is much sleeker and less bulky
than the Heisei version. About the only negative with him would be that he
takes up so much damned energy here than why didn’t he in the Heisei series?!
Then again, maybe Japan kinda realized how much damned cybernetic beings love
betraying their creator and built this as a precaution. Well I guess it pays
for their paranoia in this film. I just wish it wouldn’t be as glaring in the
About the only
downside would be the real annoying kid character in this piece that misses her
mom so much she uses a plant to pass as the real thing. Why this kid hasn’t
seen any psychology help makes me wonder if the dad is too cheap or more likely
too involved in creating a being in protecting Japan. Then again maybe it’s all
a ruse just to get Akane to be with her. Then she’s a damned evil annoying
7.) Terror of Mechagodzilla
- Remember when I said earlier about my favorite evil
alien race? Well here they are in their full glory the alien apes from the
Third Planet from the Black Hole! Wait a tec, evil ape-like aliens? DAMNIT!
How’d that happen? ARGH! Damn Lord Simian isn’t going to let me live that love
for those damned evil primates will he? Ok, sure they originally appeared in
the original Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), but again where so damned
entertaining even more so here.
Once more Mechagodzilla is rebuilt and this time learning
from their mistake in the previous film have teamed the mechanized beast up
with another, Titanosaurus. So its two monsters against Godzilla thus KAIJU
This movie probably has my favorite of the “hero”
Godzilla suits and come on the design for Mechagodzilla is retained here and is
still awesome. Titanosarus is an alright Kaiju, but damned if his special
attack not so stupid. Why couldn’t he have wings or fire breath? Why a friggin
tail that could make great winds?
Anyway the side human plot in this is quite good even if
corny with the alien apes. But come on their EVIL damned alien apes. Never has
Charleston Heston been proved more right about damned dirty apes than this
film. The mad scientist and daughter who turns out to be a cyborg (thus proving
once more everything is damned better when they’re a cyborg) subplot with her
not too happy of poppa having his great work be up there with Gigan and King
Ghidorah. As for our heroes in this, well they just do their job and keep me
plenty entertained in trying to stop those damned dirty alien apes.
But back to the actual creatures and the fights in this.
Being that this was the grand finale in the Showa series, Toho ended it in
grand epic style. The handicap fight is damned fun from beginning to end. I
mean come on the scene with Godzilla taking all that Mechagodzilla is dishing
out is a damn lasting image to me.
The only negative I can have for this film is that you
get the feeling that the film-makers behind this wanted to do another Godzilla
film though fate had other ideas. I just wish those damn dirty alien apes got
their just reward via Godzilla. Still I guess that’s another reason why this
villainous race have endured so well in my heart. It’s the fact they got away
than others or in their previous effort.
Oh and if this film has one more good to it would be the
epic score done by Akira Ifukube. The techno mixed in with drumbeat is a robust
theme for Mechagodzilla. As always with Ifukube’s music it goes great with
Godzilla films and would have been his final one if not for Toho to get him to
do the Heisei series and probably his greatest Godzilla score, which has yet to
6.) Ghidorah, The Three Headed
- Oh come on! You knew the King’s grand debut movie would
find a way to slither into my favorite Kaiju movie list.Also it’s Toho’s biggest Kaiju at the time
(Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra) taking on the biggest villain they have ever
Sure this also was the film to start the whole, “Godzilla is the hero
of Japan, not its enemy.” that was a regular part of the Showa series, but here
Godzilla is more a neutral presence doing something that only befits himself,
and not those puny humans.
The whole plot to get this point fills the meat with some woman thinking she's from Venus or Mars (if you see the American version) fortelling of a Kaiju Apocalypse. Then there's the whole Kaiju chaos that erupts not shortly thereafter with all it heralding to the debut of the foe who would pester Godzilla and Mothra for over forty years now.
Toho does a nice job building up the reputation of Ghidorah being the destroyer of all things and all the other monsters having to band together if they're to beat him. Of course we also have Monster United Nations during all of this. With Mothra the third party trying to get Godzilla and Rodan. I can't but just bust a gut whenever I watch that scene. Its so damn hammy and yet I'm completely buying all of it. Sure this is what started also the lighting of Toho's Kaiju frachinse, but what the hell I know its a cornball movie and I still enjoy it to hell. Yes, Destroy All Monsters was the one who perfected it, but honestly I rather watch this and see Ghidorah vs. three kaiju then the totally unfair ten against one (or is it three if we count the number of heads?) and their space alien allies. There's just something more here than the utter beatdown Ghidorah has there than here.
5.) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
- Akira Ifukube strikes back! This time with a phenomenal score
to a very intriguing film. Never before where the lines of human vs. nature so
well drawn out as it is here than it has in previous Godzilla films. Thisalso was to be Ifukube’s final film, but
thankfully he got coaxed into doing one more Godzilla movie. However, unlike
his previous final effort Terror of
Mechagodzilla, here Ifukube goes all out. From the boastful heroic theme of
Mechagodzilla, to the return of Rodan’s theme, and of course Godzilla’s theme
all out. He even has a nice choral piece in this as well, not seen since the
Its human characters are alright, and honestly I think
this is the best use of Miki Saugusa with her being tapped of all things to
kill Godzilla. The way Megumi Odaka portrays Miki’s contempt and struggling to
do the actual act is quite compelling. Though it does have a sort of hiccup
with its main male character and somehow he just so happens to have a dinosaur
fetish besides building also happening to be the planes only pilot and creator.
It doesn’t have this problem at all in the staging of the action and actual
creatures. Everything involving them is nicely paced and just feels perfect.
Even more Godzilla Jr. isn’t like his Showa counterpart,
Minya where he isn’t there to provide juvenile humor. He’s there to drive the actual plot of human
vs. nature. It’s surprising how anything of the creatures in this is just the
right amount and everyone gets a fair showing in this. But of course the real
star is Mechagodzilla created in this. Though VERY heavy looking and bulky, the
mechanized foe is given a wide variety of weapons in his arsenal than ever before
to take on Godzilla. Even more, its main weapon the Plasma beam, delivers a
nice final blow to any creature it fights against. You actually get that Japan
went out of its way to make the best anti-Godzilla weapon here.All and all it’s just a steady film that just
when you feel you’re about to skip bits they insert something to make you watch
4.) Godzilla 1985 (1985)
- No matter how much I actually number it, or how damn
corny it is in the American version, by God I love this film. Maybe it’s due to
being the first Godzilla film I ever saw in a theater. Maybe it’s the nostalgic
value I have for this film since after the movie I only saw it a handful of
times in the 90s before finally claiming it on VHS in the early 00s.
At its core this film is a VERY dark and sinister edge to
it. Gone is the guardian of Japan, back is the primal force of nature once more
about to wreck untold havoc across Japan. Even more, there are no other Kaiju
found in this flick. Once more Godzilla is the lone Kaiju thus a more solid
threat to his human foes. Though his counterparts have prepared a weapon just
in case Godzilla reared his radioactive-laced breath again, the Super X, a
hover tank that has a weapon that could possibly end the King of the Monsters.
With all this happening, Steve Martin (played acutely
negative against humanity by Raymond Burr) must relive the nightmare he once
witnessed in Japan almost thirty years ago. Like I said in my review to the
Japanese version, sure one of the actors I find utterly annoying and wish
someone just punch him, but I’ll be damned if Burr brings his A-game to this
movie and in effect a person from the very past who we actually know has dealt
with Godzilla before. Those who criticize Burr’s performance need to re-watch
him in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
(1955) and honestly after having dealt with all that you do not that think he
be traumatized after that?
Also call me insane, but I still believe even with the
Soviets being bad guy-like portrayed and the Americans good guys, that this
film has a far more superior beginning and end than the actual original version.
Sure there are some cuts to the film, but honestly it never stopped me or
others who love this film. Then there’s
the score, but again I don’t want to repeat myself since I talked more about it
in my review of Return of Godzilla
(1984) which you can find here .
Honestly, my love knows no bounds to this movie. So yeah
I’m probably blind to its flaws and dubbing plus overlook THE NUMEROUS Dr.
Pepper ads. Well too bad! I welcome this placing so high.
3.) Godzilla, Mothra, and King
Ghidorah: All-Out Monster Attack! (2001)
- Toho gives
Shusuke Kaneko (aka the dude who directed my #9 entry) now a shot at their
biggest Kaiju stars and boy does he score. What he gives us is probably one of
the scariest interpretations of Godzilla ever. Sure some call the G’s design
here pudgy, but just take one look at his face and you’ll probably go bug eyed
and run for your life. Also, other than say then the original and a little bit
of our #3 entry this film brings a VERY human face to the disaster Godzilla
causes. We see people inside boats or running around get crushed to death. Then
there’s the sickly dark humored scene well that I won’t spoil but you can’t
help but cringe at the scene and the fact you’re laughing at it.
Besides Godzilla we also get Baragon and of course the
obvious two Kaiju in the title. I have to admit it is pretty weird seeing the
roles reversed with Ghidorah protecting Earth than destroying it, but hey when
the main character (Yuri) describes him ok I buy it then. Plus he has a “friendly”
look about him then his usual evil look. Mothra’s appearance here is probably
my all time favorite version of the Kaiju. There’s a very elegant look to him
here and more insect-like than any previous or future film so far involving
Then there are our human characters who’re probably some
of the most likeable and ones you care and root to survive Godzilla’s rampage.
Speaking of them the two that do the most commendable job is as Chiharu Niiyama
as Yuri and Ryūdō Uzaki as her father Admiral Tachibana. Chiharu does a nice
job conveying the skeptic at all this weird guardian monster business than
slowly find herself a loyal believer.Ryūdō
does an admirable job playing a man who knows he’s facing something no current human
weapon can harm him, yet he’ll be damned if he’ll keep trying and work on
whatever weak spot that’ll be exposed cause of it.
Everything about this film was perfect, save for one
thing. Ghidorah has way too many dues ex machina’s to save him after two failed
tries. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes
when the second came, I mean come on did they have to go that way. Still other
than that nitpick, this is an awesome film with just a perfect end.
2.) Gojira (1954)
- Yep, the original is still one of THE BEST Kaiju films
around. Even if its effects are a bit dated, the story has not at all. With its
nice mix of romance, drama, action, and tragedy this film set the rules for
every Kaiju film following it. This is a walking natural disaster flick all
caused by humanity’s folly with a subplot of a man, Serizawa, struggling with
the fact he’s created a weapon worse than the creature ravaging his city.
It is Akihiko Hirata’s portrayal of Serizawa that pulls
me in every-time. To watch this man bury such pain of what he’s created and
yearn to tell the woman he loves yet who doesn’t repay in kind. Just watching
his face sells entirely the scene which he demonstrates the Oxygen Destroyer to
his beloved and she recoils in absolute horror. Even more, you can’t help but
agree with the guy over the burden and his choices to deal with it and give
Japan a fighting chance against the possibly un-killable monster.
Of course Ifukube rears his head again, this time laying
the groundwork for all his wondrous scores to Godzilla franchise. This film is
so rich with stuff but the notables for me would be his piece when Serizawa
listens to the children of Japan sing. Damn does that get me as much as it does
the doctor. The same goes for the final musical piece at the climax. The score
hits all the right notes as victory over the monster is as tragically sour. To
me this is still one of my favorite scores done by Ifukube with only one more
coming as close to it.
Then there’s the direction from Ishirō Honda,which perfectly showcases every detail of an
act of nature. You really feel for the people whose life is forever changed by
the giant monster that wrecks havoc across it. He hits all the right emotional
moments and you cannot help but feel more upset than entertained at the
disaster Godzilla causes. I still get chills of the aftereffect shot of the
city in just utter ruin.
So why is this not my number one? Honestly, I wasn’t too
fond of the romance angle in this movie and I really found Ogata (the one who
Emiko choose over ) repulsive. The scene where he thinks the answer is so
easily gained once he realizes Serizawa has a possible end, but doesn’t realize
the Pandora’s Box it creates as the doctor does. Oh and when he mocks Dr. Yamane
(Emiko’s pop) saying the beast should be killed not studied. I love Yamane then
proceeds to kick the kid out of his house. Sure it makes the ending more
gripping cause it’s because of him that things had to end the way they did. It
is because of that and like I said this film hits the right notes for me in
feeling more sad than giddy at the havoc caused. At best I can only watch this film once a year
just due to the drama of the film.
1.)Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)
- So why does this deserve my top spot of all my favorite
Kaiju films of all time? Sure it copies heavily from Aliens, but the central
idea to the plot is what drags me fully into this movie from time to time no
matter how many times I’ve viewed this film. The idea of Godzilla having a
meltdown after consuming too much radiation is an intriguing idea to this
Even more, the fact a creature that has evolved from the
very weapon that originally killed Godzilla also I find so darn appealing. Everything
about this film is top notch. From the fights which are utterly epic and the
actual designs of the creatures in this film are all superbly done. The acting is all there and there are plenty
of gripping moments to be had here.
There’s no shoehorned love story in here, nor any little
kid screaming for Godzilla to protect Japan. The plot to this movie is a very
focused one. All its characters are concerned in Godzilla going boom and are
trying to find ways of preventing it or lessening the impact. It’s the
unpredictably of this film what does it for me. I like the fact that some of
the characters in this are somewhat bastards and rather have Godzilla or
Godzilla Jr. perish rather than humanity itself. Then there’s Miki who’s still
her creature loving self to bring some humanity to humanity.
The uniqueness of this film has in the usual rules of a
Godzilla film have been thrown to the curb and we have a new set for only this
film. Godzilla is going to die. The question becomes will Destroyah be the one
to claim that or will it be the actual radiation? Either way each final second
when the climax comes, I just cannot look away from the screen. The action is
just so thrilling that I can never press the fast forward button or if I find
out this movie is on I will sit down and watch those last minutes no matter
what. They’re just that damn good.
Speaking of Godzilla’s opponent Destroyah is just an
utter beast. Unlike some other Godzilla foes, Destroyah has a true nasty streak
about him. No grudge goes undone here.If you cross Destroyah it will find you again and literally try to
destroy you. You might think you beat it and have it leave, but it’ll keep
returning when you least expect it.That’s
kind of why I think Destroyah truly is the ultimate foe for Godzilla going to
levels even King Ghidorah or Showa Mechagodzilla never gone too in ways of
villainy. He’s even cut from the same brand as Godzilla, created via from a
horrible weapon. Oh and the fact that he dishes out a ton of damage that has
never ever been seen Godzilla before. Nor have we’ve seen Godzilla ever blast
and claw at a foe with such intensity before.
But most of all is the haunting score by Akira Ifukube,
who quite possibly scores probably his finest work in my mind for the final
film he was on. Every major Godzilla theme he fills into this film, while also
introducing some grand new ones. Then when he lays the final piece upon us
(called Requiem in the soundtrack) when Godzilla dies it’s hauntingly beautiful
and yet sad. The impact of the scene would have never worked without the
majesty of Ifukube. Finally there’s the final image we see in this film which no
matter how many times I view it still gives me chills.
So why did this rank higher than the original? Humanity
is in the backseat here with it only hoping to lessen the destruction of
Godzilla will cause here. It cannot destroy, nor stop the inevitable. Godzilla
will meltdown and die. All it can do is pit the beast against a creature born
from what killed the giant dinosaur originally. To have to mutated beasts of
weaponry just go at it to me brought the series full circle.
So there you have it. My top Fifteen Favorite
Kaiju films of all time. You want another Toho month? Then by all means suggest something. I still haven't seen the most recent Kaiju flicks aka Cloverfield (2008) or the Host (2006) by all means I'll take a gander at them. Later this week I return to reviewing movies again. Just which one? See the comments for a hint. Until then I fully prepare for the feedback.
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