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.
Agreed....the same phenomenon has been happening over in the CT forums recently (i.e. turn a Ghidrah
thread into a "Let's bash Ghidrah
and say how much better GvsMonster Zero
is!"), and I really don't get this mentality. I love both these films...they're far different from each other, but I wouldn't change a thing about either one of them. I happen to like Ghidrah
slightly better than GvsMonster Zero
, but I would never go into a Monster Zero and start a "Ghidrah is so much better" flame war. Debate is nice and all, but arguing over which is these two is better is like arguing apples and oranges....do folks really sit and think "I think *insert film* is better!" the whole time whenever they watch either one of these two films?
and Monster Zero
stand on their own as classic, quintessential daikaiju films.
I've posted numerous times about this film on various different forums and boards, but I never get tired of singing its praises...this film is imo, the best damn Godzilla film ever. It was the high point of Toho's "Golden era" when it comes to the G series.
It also formed what I like to call the "Godzilla Rodan Mothra KG Trilogy", with GvsTheThing
, and GvsMonster Zero
all being nicely tied together without beating the audience over the head (ala the Heisei films).
In this film, you get:
- One of the best suits of the series, the Mosu-Goji suit, returning for duty.
- One of Ifukube's best soundtracks of the series.
- Rodan and Mothra
- Introduction of KG, who would become Godzilla's arch enemy and most powerful foe of the series. His fireball entrance is breathtaking.
- Godzilla's entrance adds an interesting twist with fleeing whales (or dolphins?) preceeding his first appearance. Definitely one of his most unique entrances.
- A mesmerizing "Mothra" song by the Peanuts.
- Great cast with several Toho/SFX-regulars.
- Akiko Wakabayashi. I know Kumi Mizumi gets all the glory (as she should), but Akiko Wakabayashi was smoking hot during this era.
- King Ghidorah's attack on Yokohama, and his attack on the small Village near Mt. Fuji, really highlights the true skill and craftsman ship of Tsuburaya's crew.
- The final battle is one of the best in the series, and the way they defeat KG is very clever and original.
- Monster Conversation ("Oh Godzilla, what terrible language!" This alone puts it near the top.)
- Oh yeah, did I mention that Akiko Wakabayashi is in this? No wonder EON chose her to be a Bond girl
Sure, the effects as a whole weren't quite as polished or smooth as GvstheThing
, or even GvsMonster Zero
, and the Godzilla/Rodan puppets were a little silly, but the spirit, fun, and epic scope more than trumps this. Also, some people forget that GTTHM
was far more ambitious than GvstheThing
SFX-wise, with more monsters (including numerous battle sequences between Godzilla and Rodan), and, up to that point, one of the most spectacular, but complex creations ever to operate, King Ghidorah.
I've never understood why some people bash the plot and editing...the plot was rather entertaining, energetic, moved at a great pace, and actually made the human characters interesting and compelling for a change....the human story elements have a spy/espionage flavor to it. This film also does an excellent job of showing how normal people's lives are impacted by the monsters' destruction, such as the villagers' dispair when their homes are destroyed by an avalanche of rocks during the final battle.
They (Toho) definitely don't make 'em like they used to...