Rewatched the Japanese cut after a few years, and everything just clicked for me this time. I'd even say it has a permanent spot among my favorites.
Completely forgot Takashi Shimura was in this, it was a pleasure seeing him in another Godzilla film. The brother and sister duo were nice protagonists, I was invested in them and the Princess's story. The little bits of dialoge showing the assassin's history with the Princess in the hotel scene were neat, supposedly he also killed her father with that fancy knife.
I loved seeing the story pick up after MvG, but I think it takes place in the following year since the meteorologists at the beginning state it is January. I wish Naoko had a bigger presence in the latter half of the film, since she supposedly understood the Princess, and was the first protagonist introduced. Detective Shindo's reluctance in taking the job to protect the Princess showed a nice bit of detail about him, and I guess it came full circle since she ends up thanking him for saving her three times. The sibling duo had a believable chemistry, the scene where they bicker at their house got a decent laugh out of me.
Onto the fantastical elements, the idea that aliens from Venus took refugee on Earth 5,000 years ago perfectly lets us slide into the ideas of aliens in the following film. "Call to Happiness" is an underrated Mothra song, and I was thrilled to hear "Holy Springs" for a bit again.
King Ghidorah's name isn't revealed till the 50-minute mark, and it's just chilling. His famous entrance is as stunning as ever, and he is the definite KG to me. His theme blasting while we hear that eerie bell-like roar is magnificent. The story with Mothra and King Ghidorah are already great - incorporating Rodan & Godzilla are icing on an already well made cake. I love how the team characterized Godzilla and Rodan, the big G acts like me getting no sleep after a long day, while Rodan seems like that punk that runs a red light. The fight between them was memorable, the puppet shots didn't bother me, I also loved how once Godzilla gets his chance he just pummels Rodan.
The famous "monster ted talk" scene was shorter than I remember, maybe that's due to the mandela effect. The "oh Godzilla what terrible language" line wasn't present at all. I do love how Godzilla and Rodan are reluctant to help Mothra, it casts them as more than just big animals - in fact the Showa era always did great with these characters. The climatic fight is incredible, it's shot in a beautiful way; one part that stood out was Rodan leading KG on an aerial chase only to turn back and ram into him. I wonder why Godzilla never used his atomic breath, and with Mothra maybe lengthening the scene where she's getting pummeled by KG would give more time to show how deadly he is. She gets hit by gravity beams about twice within ten seconds before Godzilla shows up, a little too quick for a change of heart in my opinion. The duel between Detective Shindo and the assassin was a little off considering they both could've shot each other but kept missing.... even when Shindo was helping the Princess up while the shot shows he had a perfect shot. Nonetheless, the ending was satisfying and a wild ride.
A 8/10, a fun, well made film considering it was quickly made in place of a Kurosawa film. As I said it's earned place among my favorites, KOTM's gonna have a challenge having a human element as good as this film.
"Bang on, mate.",
- Murdoc Niccals 2018.
Dv-218 wrote:This is so sad, Alexa play "Bio-Wars".
Dr. Professor wrote:If I had a dollar for every "SAVE MOTHRA" joke, I'd be able to buy Legendary Pictures, renew the license for Godzilla, acquire the rights to the rest of the Toho monsters, and make a Godzilla film that totally bombs without even putting a dent in my bank account.