Any other bigger-than-life movie-house hero staring in a series of films that span almost 50 years would have to answer some serious questions about plot repetition--but not Godzilla. The familiarity is what you pay to see. If Godzilla didn't clumsily destroy Tokyo office buildings and knock commuter trains off their elevated tracks, you'd be asking for a refund, pronto. So, with the latest Japanese flick to make it to our shores--featuring the REAL Godzilla, not that sophisticated American excuse for a Godzilla from a couple of years back--all is well. Funny dubbing, rubber suits, miniature sets--perfect comfort food on a rainy afternoon. As far as the plot goes...in short, spacecraft attacks Tokyo--the radioactive dinosaur comes to the rescue.
Pretty good Godzilla movie The_MOW at 2013-01-31 18:43:10
"Godzilla" (Tsutomu Kitagawa) is back, and this time he has to save Japan from an alien invasion which targets the nuclear-powered dinosaur for motives believed to be cloning Japan's King of Monsters.
I just watched this movie through Crackle via YouTube (Free movie section), and I was pretty impressed. Then again, I was a fan when I discovered the older movies on Saturday morning television.
The movie is well paced, with a few flaws in the plot. The dubbing seemed to me to be nearly perfect, and didn't over run the movement of the actors. In other words, when the actors on-screen stopped, talking, the dub stopped. I remember earlier movies in the series where the English voiceover was still talking for only a few words when the actor obviously stopped talking.
The special effects in the movie were pretty good if you ask me, with a few minor glitches with green-screen effects or CGI. The two monsters, "Godzilla" and "Orga" (Makato Ito), which reminded me of the "Rancor" from one of the "Star Wars" movies, were amazing, especially the remade "Godzilla" with the larger back plates (which kinda looked odd to me since they were not like the ones I remember when I was younger), and prominant ears. The sound effects of the creatures voices were fantastic ("Godzilla") to fair ("Orga").
The acting, from the visual to the dubbing, was really good. Performances from the dubbing actors helped make the visual believeable. The majority of the cast was likeable.
The music was typical for a "Godzilla" movie, and helped enhance the film at times. I can't say I could identify any piece of music though by itself.
Overall, I would have to say that this is a pretty good additon to the franchise.