Years into the future and the human race has been defeated several times by the new ruling force of the planet: "kaijus". And the ruler of that force is Godzilla, The King of the Monsters. Humanity is in such defeat, plans to leave the planet have been made, and several people have been chosen to look at a new planet to see if it is inhabitable. Realizing it's not, though, the human race resorts to plan B: to defeat Godzilla and take back their planet.
A prequel novel titled "Gojira Kaiju Mokushiroku" ("Godzilla: Monster Apocalypse") was released prior to the film's theatrical debut, on October 25, 2017. This detailed the monster attacks and humanity's futile fight against them that lead up to the movie's plot, and featured a huge variety of classic monster characters from Toho Studios' films. The events of the novel are referenced in the flashback seen in the beginning of the movie. These include:
the giant mantis Kamacuras attacking New York
the flying jellyfish-like monster Dogora wrecking London
China creating a bio-weapon called Hedorah that kills Rodan and Anguirus, but then turns on China
Daghara rampaging in Sidney
Orga demolishing Ankara
the Bilusaludo aliens creating MechaGodzilla to fight against Godzilla
According to the novel, most of the other monsters were destroyed either through humanity's efforts or by Godzilla. See more »
[All goofs for this title are spoilers.]
See more »
Are you having foreboding thoughts?
If this ends without us encountering Godzilla, then why did I come here?
Were you hoping to depend on luck? It's fine if we're actively searching, but if we pass by in a rush, then we won't find anything. That's if we were actively searching for Godzilla, right? You and Colonel Leland still don't understand one crucial aspect of that thing. It will never let humanity escape. Even more so if we've come to provoke it with a trace of fear.
So, it will be searching ...
[...] See more »
After the final credits, a short scene explains the fate of Haruo and sets up the next installment in the series. See more »
Originally, the after-credits scene included a glimpse at MechaGodzilla. This was cut from Netflix's international release of the film. See more »
(Anime Film "Godzilla: Kaijuu Wakusei" Theme Song)
Composer Masayuki Nakano (Boom Boom Satellites)
Arranger Masayuki Nakano (Boom Boom Satellites)
Performed by XAI
Lyrics by Sachiko Aoyama (Negoto) See more »
Entertaining and refreshing.
You know, you'd think that since anime and Godzilla are so big in Japan that they'd combined the two a long time ago. Surprisingly, it took 60+ years to actually do so. Now, we have the first of a brand new animated trilogy called "Godzilla: Monster Planet", released not too long ago in Japan and more recently on Netflix (complete with English dub).
In this refreshing iteration, mankind lost the war for dominance over the Earth to the kaiju, chief among them Big G. With the help of two alien races, the survivors set off to the stars to colonize another planet, but it proved incompatible. Low on resources and options, they return to retake the Earth. However, it's been 20,000 years since they left and not only is there now an ecosystem of monsters but Godzilla, still alive after all this time, reigns supreme. Who will win, man or monster?
Right from the start, they show you of just how grim a situation humanity is in as hope and pride are barely holding on by a thread. In fact, it gets pretty dark at certain times. The humans are in such a sorry state that you sympathize with them but there are tiny hints that they as a species had it coming. There are also religious themes weaved into the story, including references to divine retribution. The cast is a mixed bag. The protagonist is Haruo, who is basically Ahab or Eren Jaeger from "Attack On Titan" (for anime fans reading this). He's passable I guess, though he tends to repeat himself from time to time, which gets old. Scientist Martin and commander Leland are a little more interesting as are two of the main aliens, but the rest are pretty bland and it's hard to say whether they'll get more development in the near future.
As for Godzilla, I love his design. He kind of resembles his 2014 look but with his body looking like a mix between muscle and tree bark and sporting new variations on his abilities. It's also the largest version yet and the animation emphasizes his immense size with slow, foreboding movements. He truly feels like a force of nature and he's got the power to boot; if he has you in his sights, you know you're screwed. New to the franchise are Servum, dragon-like beasties that are nice secondary threats to the humans. Most of the other kaiju are nothing more than cameos in the opening montage. Given the title "Monster Planet", having them show up more in the story would've provided more exploration of this ecosystem.
The overall story is good, though the first half is a touch slow. The reason is simply to establish this universe and provide exposition on the characters' plight and plan to reclaim Earth. This does provide decent suspense and once the monsters show up, it's mostly action. Speaking of which, the battles offer enough thrills to satisfy, pitting futuristic technology against beastly power and the animation allows for great visuals that you normally wouldn't get in live action. Expect a few good plot twists, one hell of a cliffhanger, and an after-credit scene.
Despite the aforementioned flaws, I'm still glad I saw this. The sequel expected to be released this May, this time featuring Mechagodzilla, which I look forward to. It's weird now seeing three separate Godzilla series happening at once, which is a first (Monsterverse, Shin, and Anime). Long live the King of the Monsters!
20 of 33 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this