In this second entry of the Godzilla series, another monster is introduced to fight Godzilla. The new creature is called Anguirus and looks like a big spiked turtle. The two creatures wage their war in Japan and level cities along the way. Written by
Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>
My mother dragged us kids to the movies a lot - she wasn't a big fan of movies, she just wanted someone else (the usher) to tell us to 'keep quiet!' Anyway, this film is the earliest visit to a movie theater I can remember. It opened up a whole new world for me - and I don't mean that of giant monsters (for some reason I just took their existence as a given). I mean post-war Japan - a world of big cities and neon lights, of hard work and nite-clubs, airplanes and jets but always tense with the fear that some great disaster would befall it. And now, thanks to the newly released remastered original version of this film, I can still visit that world, to share its fears and hopes.
Although the film lags somewhat after the destruction of Osaka (it does pick up, very neatly, towards the end), it certainly is still in the running for 'best kaiju ("giant monster") movie ever'. The characters are pretty well developed, and the acting is solidly professional, Some of the black&white photography is magnificent (e.g., the fire storm above Osaka). The special effects are probably the best of the first Godzilla series - the monster smash between Godzilla and Aguirus is surprisingly fresh, believable, and thrilling. It reminds us that, as far as the monsters are concerned, we humans are the puppets - and not very interesting at that.
A potent mix delivering a great kaiju film.
P.s.: the Japanese version is far superior.
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