Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (Gojira tai Kingu GidorÔ) Reviews
Starring: Kenpachiro, Richard Berger, Anna Nakagawa, Kosuke Toyohara, Megumi Odaka, and Kent Gilbert
Directed By: Kazuki Omori
They should have changed the title of this movie to Godzilla vs. the King of cheese, because this movie is filled with cheesy stuff. Which is why this movie is popular among the Godzilla fan-base, along with other films that continue on in this second series of Godzilla films. They also reference Biloante in the begging of the movie but I did not see that one. But apparently that movie wasn't so good at the box office, so scraping the idea of making new monster's for this series they went with one's from the past cause they sell.
In Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah, people from 2024 come to 1992 to help Japan get rid of Godzilla because they said that Godzilla will destroy Japan and in their time it's a barren wasteland. The futurists(that's a pretty stupid name) transport a dinosaur which will later be known as Godzilla to another ocean in which the H-bomb will not hit. But Godzilla is replaced by three duel-rats with the H-bomb will turn into King Ghidorah. The futurists control Ghidorah to destroy Japan because they lied about everything, But one of the people from the future Emmy reprograms the android to help her save the people of japan to create new Godzilla. The Godzilla that is created with modern nuclear technology is bigger and mean then the last. Godzilla wins the first fight and blows up the futurists who were controlling Ghidorah, but new problem for Japan Godzilla's back and destroying the place. Emmy returns to her time to create a Mecha-Ghidorah to stop Godzilla once and for all.
A fun film is what this was meant to be. It is a lot of fun and if that's what your looking for in your experience with this film well then it's certainly worth your time. But be warned it moves pretty slow, Godzilla himself doesn't even show up until about an hour in. The pacing felt slow but that was because I was deceived about the run-time of this film. You will probably enjoy it if your into fun silly movies with okay plots that do seem interesting like the one presented in this movie. But the story and monsters are the only things that can pull audience interest. If that's all you want then go ahead and watch it you won't be disappointed but this a problem of earlier Godzilla films and that is that the character's are not interesting nor have any characteristic or emotional depth in them. There is one disappointing factor that went behind the special effects of this film, it had to deal with the monster King Ghidorah. Their is a shot of King Ghidorah flying and if you look close enough you can see the wires holding up this flying monster, and this is in the final fight of the movie, I saw this you might notice it earlier. If you are willing to go into this film with an open mind or just and idea that this movie is meant to be nothing but good fun, then you might like it. But if you want all three aspects of the film like good story,good action,and emotional depth/good characters,then look somewhere else. I give Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah a three and a half out of five.
The film opens with in the 23rd century with a sub discovering the body of King Ghidorah (minus 1 head) deep in an ocean trench. Jump back in time and a UFO lands in 1992 Japan. The inhabitans are from the future and come back to warn how Japan will be destroyed in the future by Godzilla. They convince some scientists to travel back in time to 1944, deep in the heart of the raging war in the South Pacific. They kill the dinosaur that was to later to become Godzilla thanks to a nuclear blast, and in it's place leave three bio genically made pets. Problem is these things mutate into King Ghidorah. Now in 1992 the Japs need to mutate Godzilla in order to fight King Ghodrah... but now they have to deal with Godzilla! They are fucked either way as no matter who wins, they lose.
The plot, as one can tell, is a little convoluted and mega cheesy with a bunch of science fiction plot devices clobbered together. Giant monsters, time travel, UFOs, androids and bio-engineered pets. Even with all these plot devices ramming into each other at warp speed, it still doesn't hurt the overall enjoyable nature of the film. Remember we are watching a Godzilla movie so a suspension of disbelief is in the cards whenever viewing. The special effects, for the most part, are excellent. As in as good as a guy in a rubber suit can get. The English actors in the film, however, are atrocious with the dubbing even worse, with dialogue seeming written by a teenager.
It has its problems but overall "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" is an extremely enjoyable entry into the mile long series. The plot is a little over-complicated but at the same time it's nifty and inventive. That mixed with plenty of destruction and legendary giant monster battles ensures any Godzilla fan is going to love this entry. There's plenty of good here to outweigh the bad, especially the cornball running Android sequences (trust me, you'll laugh at these scenes as much as I did.)
The new origin of Ghodorah was stupid. The time traval cause changes that made no sense and could not be explained. Don't try to make sense of it, just watch and enjoy.