The simple fact is, Megalon is at the bottom of my personal list because it just doesn't satisfy me at the most basic level. I can see most of the decent destruction scenes in better movies the footage was lifted from. I hate the human characters, and feel like fast-forwarding whenever they show up. A story element so basic as having the Seatopians actually mention their grievence to humanity is totally ignored, missing perhaps the only opportunity for an emotional beat in the whole flick. On top of that, the editing, cinematography, and the direction is bland as hell, no matter how colorful the mise-en-scene may be.
All that being said, I do like Megalon, Gigan and Jet Jaguar (so sue me, it's my subconscious UltraFan talking), and I get a kick out of their acting. I think the dam sequence briefly elevates the film, and the SFX team deserves respect for their new work, even if the budget forced a reliance on stock footage. At the end of the day, I even enjoy much of Godzilla's anthropomorphism. It isn't my preferred characterization (oh God, how it isn't) but it works in the context of the picture.
In the end, Megalon is a children's film in the strictest sense of the word. Yes, I know it's occasionally violent and such, but everything about it targets kids in a way that's more cloying than All Monsters Attack. At least that film had honestly thoughtful observations that children and adults could take to heart (if anything, parents could be seen as the primary target of Ichiro's situation). Megalon strips even this away, and leaves up with a bright candy shell of pure sugar. If you still have a sweet tooth, more power to you. I can only take this kind of syrup in very small doses.
NUMQUAM OBLIVISCEMUR MICHAELIS CRICHTONIS
eabaker wrote:Jake Jaguar is asking too many questions about this whole Mulwraygalon affair...