_JNavs_ wrote:Where is GvG generally considered on the scale of G films? I still love it for a few reasons, Godzilla tower (such a unique "building" set piece), Godzilla and Anguirus' brotherly bond (plus their suits were fantastic), Ghidorah and Gigan were the best duo in the franchise (outside of G and Angy), and the whole "corporations = bad" plot was pretty decent.
When I first got on the internet back in 96 or so, it was generally listed towards the bottom.
In recent years though, more fans seem to be have been kinder to it.
Personally, it was one of my favorites as a kid, and then when I got older, I turned on it when all the issues with it became more obvious and I listed it towards the bottom myself as one of the 5 worst entries. With a little more time and reflection, I now find myself looking back on it more fondly, warts and all.
In many ways, it suffers from the same issues Godzilla Vs. Megalon has, but where as that film is near unredeemable outside of its cooky climactic battle, Godzilla Vs. Gigan has a little bit more to offer.
For starters, it gave us Gigan, who is easily one of the coolest Godzilla foes. To me, this was also cemented Anguirus' legacy as Godzilla's best sidekick, which is funny because I believe he was in this film just so they could use stock footage of him from DAM, but he's such a tough and tenacious guy that its hard to dismiss him. And to this day, I will always remember my jaw dropping when Godzilla bled, which I didn't even know was possible until this film. Also, while King Ghidorah is clearly there just to use stock footage, his presence elevates the film. Even in the 70s, Ghidorah being in a film added a little extra sizzle to the steak.
I also kind of like the human cast as well. They are basically a Scooby Doo gang, minus the dog, but there is something oddly appealing about a cartoonist, a hippie, and a girlfriend with a blackbelt all trying to uncover an alien invader conspiracy. I am also surprised at how effective tense and dramatic the sequence of Godzilla being burned down by the Godzilla Tower. Thinking about my reaction as a kid, I actually thought Godzilla was going to die, so I cheered when the humans saved his life, a first for the series (their method of saving him was a bit wonky, but whatever).
There are obvious negatives to the film: Its obviously low production values (use of stock footage, the hilariously bad Ghidorah puppet, Godzilla suit falling apart, etc.), the aliens' being kind of dumb with executing their plan, Godzilla and Anguirus talking, and a couple of other things. However, I've gotten to a point where I can accept the positives of the film I view it more favorably.
The musical score for the film basically serves as a microcosm for the film. Basically, all they did was recycle Akira Ifukube's work from previous films. On the surface that can be seen as lazy or a quick way to cut corners and work within limitations. But, even with such a cost cutting move, the music cues they picked are great and perfectly accentuate the best moments of the film, so even with their hands tied, they managed to make something good out of it.