Call me a total heretic but I can honestly say that I feel out of the three main Tokusatsu features that Toho produced in 1964, Mothra Vs. Godzilla is the LEAST interesting by far.
MvsG is an incredibly solid film but there's just not a whole lot there that interests me compared to Ghidrah and Dogora, that's really all I'm saying. There's no question that MvsG is one of the single best movies Toho ever produced but part of that is because it's more or less Toho perfecting the giant monster versus picture. It takes ideas from Godzilla Raids Again and King Kong Vs. Godzilla and tweaks them into what became the standard formula for Vs. pictures for years to come. And that's fine. The story is pretty solid and the actors are all at their best and it's all very solid.
But then with Ghidrah and Dogora, Shinichi Sekizawa really starts to play around more and that leads to, for me, a pair of far more interesting and entertaining films. With Ghidrah, he's all, "GUYS. Let's take Roman Holiday and remake it, only we'll add in an assassination plot and f*cking MONSTERS and it'll be great! And we'll give the Shobijin another musical number! And a three-headed dragon FROM SPACE." Where MvsG is pretty straightforward, Ghidrah takes a ton of different elements - Roman Holiday lost princess plot, Amnesiac, Venusian prophetess, Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, the Shobijin going on television variety shows like it ain't no thing, a three-headed space dragon FROM SPACE, James Bond-ian shootouts, giant monster slapstick (without the monsters ever losing their sense of grandeur, IMO), giant monster political negotiations, etc. - tosses them into a blender, hits puree, and the resulting smoothie, at least for me, is PERFECT. Your mileage may vary.
Then Dogora is Sekizawa being all, "GUYS. Let's make a heist film. Except with a f*cking MONSTER in it. AND it's a comedy and it'll be AWESOME." And it is!
I think what makes MvsG less interesting to me is because it centers itself so firmly on the monster plots: trying to get Mothra's Egg returned and trying to stop Godzilla. Everything more or less revolves around those two plots. And that's fine, it doesn't bother me because it's done very, very well, with lots of great characters. But what I like and prefer about the other two is that the monsters, while still important, are just one part in a blend of a bunch of other really wonderful elements.
Ghidrah, for me, is absolutely perfect. It would be my favorite Godzilla film of all time, maybe even my favorite film period, if Gigan weren't more perfect.
I think, more than anything else, Ghidrah, and ESPECIALLY its scene where the Shobijin appear on a Nationally-broadcast evening variety show just because, really solidifies the everyday surreal nature that defines the Showa Godzilla series. And it helps that 'Cry Happiness' is far and away my favorite Peanuts song.
JVM wrote:This is my favorite Godzilla film and the only one that can still keep me entertained.
Destroyer wrote:Monster Zero is held to a high standard cause not only was it a good Godzilla film, it succeeded in being a great science fiction story.
Varan Bon Ziller wrote:I like sundaes, but I'd be pretty *@!##)* if Godzilla was made into a giant tub of ice cream.
I'm confused. This thread is about Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster, not Invasion of Astro-Monster.
Goji wrote:It's no mystery why MONSTER ZERO is so well regarded; It's a damn good Godzilla movie.
So it GHIDORAH. It really comes down to personal preference. I can't say that one is really better than the other. It all depends on my mood.
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Why am I willing to believe this?
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KingGhidorah wrote:Where have you been these past years? Cutting yourself?
Legion1979 wrote:Far more hotter than the skinny, Japanese schoolgirls I keep seeing in the "Sexy Women" thread that I feel dirty even thinking about considering how young they look.
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