LSD Jellyfish wrote:I think it’s not as bad as people make it out to be (I’ll argue GRA is waaaay worse), but if anyone on this site had a choice, I’m sure they’d choose even the lesser entries like Godzilla vs the Sea Monster/Ebirah or megalon over this. Most of it comes down to the poop dub and Minya.
The story isn’t that bad, like it’s actually pretty heartwarming, the plot about the robbers, how the kid is alone and even the cliche bullies plot,..but it contrasts way too much with the monster plot, which is mostly stock footage. And yeah, as someone that’s seen all the movies that it takes stock footage from it’s hard to watch without being completely taken out of the film. And ultimately, the plot is just a clipshow. Look how cool Godzilla is as he beats up Ebirah and Kamacuras. On top of that, the whole film is is a total,”it’s all a Dream”. You could have new fights between monsters, and you’d actually have a half decent sequel to Son of Godzilla.
Beyond all the stock footage, Gabara is easily the worst designed monster in the series. Sure, something like megalon is just a group of parts with a bug, but the costume looks really bulky and good. Gabara is a heavily modified Godzilla suit that just looks ugly, gross and lazy. To top that off the action isn’t so great, minus the brief fight of Godzilla vs Gabara. Minya isn’t an interesting monster, because they removed the dynamic of father and son from son of Godzilla, and when he’s size changing and making dumb noise he just isn’t fun to look at. It would’ve been totally acceptable to give him a beam, and make the fight better, even without removing the plot of standing up to bullies.
I also understand the movie was made on a budget, and for some children’s festival or something, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t bad.
TLDR: GRA isn’t bad for starring a child, it’s bad for using way too much stock footage, not having an impressive villain, and not connecting or tying together the two plots so well.
The stock footage is the biggest perceived flaw with this one. You either accept it or you don't (I'm pretty used to stock footage in Godzilla movies so it doesn't bother me). I understand your point of you thinking the film is like a clip show. However, I think the biggest thing this film has is something you mentioned: it's a heartwarming story.
I like the cutesy, child-like vibe the film has. It is ultimately a children's film after all. I think I might be a bit biased because I watched this film as a kid and I would find it comforting.
It might not be a big, impressive epic with spectacular set-pieces and high stakes drama like Mothra vs. Godzilla or Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, but it has it's own unique charm because it is so different than the rest of films in the series. It deals with human-centric themes on an individual level not usually seen in these films. This film arguably exemplifies Ishiro Honda's humanism more than any other of the many kaiju films he directed. Which is a big deal, considering he often longed to direct human drama films.