Oh the disappointment. I have been waiting eagerly for this film for years now. I couldn't wait to see what was supposed to be the greatest kaiju bash of all time.
Unfortunately the director took the opportunity of a lifetime... the opportunity to have some serious kick ass monster fights but instead decides to make a film that is essentially a Matrix rip-off. A film that hardly focuses on our beloved monsters whatsoever.
The first twenty minutes are a bit slow but as a G-Fan I know this can sometimes be expected, unfortunately I had no idea really what was going on except that there was a force of mutants that are here to protect the world. Anyways, after this we are treated to a scene that last maybe five minutes long where a bunch of familiar monsters to wrecking havoc upon the world. I was literally jumping up and down with pure glee. But the film totally shifts gears and focuses on nothing but the war between the mutants and the aliens that brought the monsters to earth. I'd say you don't see another monster for a good 40-50 minutes. I can't tell you how bad everything between the monster stuff is. It's excruciating. I realize with most G-Flicks there maybe some cheesy drama thrown in to thread together a storyline, but most of these story lines are completely watchable. In Godzilla Final Wars the storyline makes little sense and features the type of characters the audience absolutely HATES. Older story lines may have been unbelievable but they were fun. Here, the story tries to be hip and cool and just makes you shake your head. You're main alien bad guy here is a loser who laughs like a little girl and overacts to the extreme. He jumps around pitching hissy fits whenever one of his monsters loses a battle. Battle? Did I say battle... whoopsee me there are hardly any battles here. Most all of these foes are shamefully done away with once Godzilla breaths one atomic fire ray on them. Cut to: alien baddie jumping up and down in fury.
When Godzilla first meets Gigan he blows the cockroaches head off. The alien baddie jumps up and down screaming like a baby "No!" Then thirty minutes later exclaims 'Release Gigan!' Only this time Gigan has the big bad forked Chainsaw hands. Pretty cool, only it doesn't make much sense because he had his head blown off thirty minutes before.
Ah, it's too bad these small battles are so badly done because the rest of the film is nothing but a series of badly done Matrix scene ripoffs. Some have said 'Well, the matrix was inspired by manga and anime'. Maybe, but this movie was clearly a ripoff of The Matrix Trilogy. You could tell there is a scene where they want to rip off the great chase sequence in Matrix Reloaded, but of course they could not. Not only is it a sad case of ripping off, but why the hell is 3 and 3/4 of the film nothing but stuff that has nothing to do with monsters in a movie that is supposed to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Godzilla?! And the score? Worst score in the history of Godzilla movies. They went for a techno Don Davis (again Matrix here) style score which is enforced and intrusive and is featured in some of the most unnecessary moments.
Folks, this is one bad movie.
However I gave it one and a half stars and I will explain why. Those five minutes like I mentioned before were quite cool. The American Godzilla surprisingly probably gets more screen time than the rest of the monsters other than Godzilla and Monster X. I did like the way they didn't treat him as something shameful. In fact he is treated with some respect and shown to be quite a menace. Of course he is disposed of in a matter of seconds towards the end, but he actually puts up a bigger fight than many of the other monsters.
I liked Angillus' rolling method of trashing cities and what not. And overall it's really neat to see all of the monsters even if it is for just a fraction of a fraction of the movie.
There's just too much silly 'trying to be hip' in between anything that is remotely cool.
I didn't expect a good storyline... in fact with a movie that was supposed to feature all of these monsters I didn't expect much of a storyline at all. But the fact that they did take a complex, confusing, stupid, cheesy, Matrix Ripoff storyline and focused almost entirely on that rather than focus on what should have been nothing but big badass kaiju fights is beyond disappointing.
This is one of the worst Godzilla films of all time.
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