"Godzilla's Revenge" is little more than a glorified clip show, and not a particularly good one either but at least it comes and goes quickly and has a lot of charm in its own way. The story follows Ichiro (Tomonori Yazaki), a highly imaginative but lonely child who loves Godzilla and all giant monsters. Every day after school Ichiro is tormented by a gang of bullies, particularly their leader nicknamed "Gabara". When at home alone, Ichiro sleeps and dreams of travelling to "Monster Island" where he meets Godzilla's son Minilla (who can shrink down to human size and speak English) and learn about courage and standing up to bullies, including Minilla's own nemesis, the villainous Oni Gabara. When Ichiro gets tangled up with two bank robbers hiding out in an abandoned factory, he puts the lessons he has learned to practice.
The movie is 69 minutes long and a significant portion of the film is made of clips from the only three other Godzilla movies at least partially set on an island: "Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster", "Son of Godzilla" and "Destroy All Monsters". With the added characters of Minilla and the original character of Gabara (who has yet to reappear in any Godzilla media, including the video games) the monster count here is high, but if you're a Godzilla aficionado, you've seen it before. Godzilla battles Ebirah, Ookonduru (or as I like to call him, the Giant Claw), Kamacuras, Kumonga/Spiga, Gabara and some jets. We also get a short appearance by Gorosaurus (incorrectly pronounced "Grosaurus"), Anguirus and Manda. There is some original footage with the giant praying mantis monsters Kamacuras, but the bulk of the new footage is either with the little kid, Minilla or Gabara, so how do those fair? Well, Gabara is a fun monster, just a big bully with a cackling laugh and electrical powers that likes to beat up on monsters smaller than he is. Actually it seems all monsters do is fight in this movie. One second Godzilla is roasting one opponent to a crisp, the next he's fighting a new foe. When it comes to Minilla, his English dub is goofy and a little annoying but he and Ichiro seem to be having fun so it's not too bad. It honestly feels really difficult rating this movie as an adult because this is not meant for adults at all. It's made for little kids that would get bored with a plot featuring scientists and reporters talking about stuff so it's just a simple plot about a lonely kid that wishes he could be with his parents and have more friends, some monsters beating each other up and two friends learning how to stand up to some bullies. As a parent, the movie only lasts a bit longer than an hour and if you're a fan of Godzilla, it's kind of fun to watch with younger fans because like I said, it doesn't last long and it's never boring. Having just sat through both "Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster" and "Son of Godzilla", I actually kind of like this one better, because the boring human plot is completely trimmed out, while the monster fights are mostly intact. The film also features an awesome saxophone theme for Godzilla, which is very nice. Seriously, look it up, it's a great tune.
I'm going to give the movie a rating that's higher than it deserves for the same reason you would give a half-decent sequel to "Species" a good rating. This film is only going to attract a certain audience, and is only meant for that certain audience. Yes I'm giving it a 3/5 and no, you snooty critics and arthouse comedy fans will not agree with me, but if I turned the tables around and give an 8-year-old a Blu-ray of "Citizen Kane", they'd be bored out of their skulls so it makes sense to grade on a curve in this case. Even if you're an adult, it's not terrible and even kind of fun at times, but there's not really any reason to watch this one unless there's a kid in the room with you, or the kid inside you is about as big as Godzilla himself. (English Dub on Dvd, April 18, 2014)