Time travellers from the 23rd century return to 1992 to warn Japan that Godzilla will cause a catastrophic nuclear incident in the 21st century and suggest a way to rid the world of him forever. They intend to go back to 1944, to Ragos Island, where a dinosaur was exposed to radiation from the Bikini H-Bomb test and became Godzilla. Upon completion of this task, King Ghidrah appears in 1992 and the visitors' true plan is discovered. They wish to destroy Japan so it will not become the dominant economic force. Luckily for the Japanese, Godzilla was still created and will now fight Ghidrah. Written by
Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>
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Silly maybe,but nonetheless a terrific Godzilla film,the best since the 60s
The third film in the second Godzilla series is terrific. Godzilla 1984 was worthy but dull,Godzilla Vs Biollante was interesting but seriously flawed in certain aspects,but Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah pretty much returns the series almost to the style and even the quality of the classic period of the early 60s,in fact the plot is quite reminiscent of Monster Zero.
What makes this entry is so successful is that it gives the Godzilla fan all the things he or she wants from a Godzilla film,sometimes ramps them up a few notches,and still manages to have a story that is quite inventive. You want mass destruction of cities,you got it,with at least three cities laid to waste. You want monster battles,you got'em,the first one is OK but the climactic battle is truly spectacular. You want interesting human characters about whom you care about before the monsters almost take over,you got 'em. There's even a touch of pathos,and one scene,when 'Major Shindo'faces Godzilla,who saved him many years ago,is just superb,powerful and oddly moving. The much criticised story does have it's plot holes,most of which have been commented on already,and the odd idea does not work,but where can you have a Godzilla film that is so MUCH a Godzilla film and yet has things like time travel and an exploration of Godzilla's origin? Some social comment,absent since the 60s,makes a welcome return,although the film's supposed anti-American is completely non-existent.
Of course some things do not work,the Terminator-like android is particularly laughable,and the effects vary. The 'Godzillasaurus' is nowhere near as bad as has been said,but Ghidorah looked more convincing in his original incarnation. Having the original Godzilla composer Akira Ifikube return to the series is wonderful,although most of the music is slightly reorchestrated versions of older tracks he composed,some for non-Godzilla movies. Still,this movie is an entertaining ride,maybe not quite a classic like the 1954 Godzilla or the 1964 Godzilla Vs Mothra,but it's as enjoyable,and try and name a Hollywood film that delivers as much spectacle with as small a budget?
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