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Mosura tai Gojira (Mothra vs. Godzilla) Reviews

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January 31, 2017
A masterpiece within the genre!
October 14, 2016
Wait, which one is this? It has the poster and DVD release date of 1992's Godzilla vs. Mothra, but the info of 1964's Mothra vs. Godzilla. So which one is it? Oh well, might as well review both.

Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964, 2.5/5)
The characters are very well written and the monster designs (and the titular fight) during the first and second acts are excellent, but the third act brings the movie to a screeching halt, introducing a new level of bullshit with Mothra's two larval forms defeating the Big G.

Godzilla vs. Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992, 2/5)
This one is slightly worse than the previous one due to a lack of anything new to introduce, but I have to admit: Battra was the redeeming value that saves it from being the worst Heisei movie.
September 17, 2016
One of Toho's best films
½ March 28, 2016
This movie is also know as Godzilla vs Mothra. It is great movie. It the second Mothra movie. And it is better then the first one. This is also the 4th Godzilla movie. It is better then most of the Godzilla movie made before it. The 6th Godzilla movie Godzilla vs Monster zero is better. Still this is a great movie. See this movie. See all the Mothra movie there are classics
February 7, 2016
In this kaiju movie, Gojira (Godzilla) fights Mothra (a giant butterfly). The social commentary extends from nuclear testing to corporate greed. The fighting scenes and special effects are correct. There are puzzling sequences involving twin fairies-priestess singing for Mothra, which is worshipped as some kind of goddess by the natives of a nearby island.
January 14, 2016
One of the best monster movies.
½ December 13, 2015
For non-Kaij? film aficionados, Mothra (and his weird little twin princesses who speak in unison) had already appeared in their own film when Toho decided to put Mothra and Gozilla together. This was actually the first film where Toho brought together monsters from different franchises. This was back when Godzilla was still a bad guy and it's actually Mothra who the puny humans call on for help to fight Godzilla. The film also has a great Akira Ifukube scores, which features the classic Godzilla rampaging music that I think is essential for any giant monster/robot film (I'd actually really wished "Pacific Rim" would have used it, even just for a moment). Overall, this film is a solid piece of Kaij? action.
½ September 12, 2015
Despite a sterling reputation among late-night channel-surfers, Mothra Vs. Godzilla is a clunky misfire of a film.
½ August 31, 2015
classic monster genre movie
October 26, 2014
My favorite Godzilla movie.
½ October 12, 2014
Probably the highest quality Godzilla movie, and that includes the first one. Godzilla costume looks great, Mothra twins are fun and Mothra worms are wonderfully derpy! A personal fav.
Cameron W. Johnson
Super Reviewer
½ October 7, 2014
It's all of the excitement of a big lizard facing off against a big moth... and both combatants are giant monstrosities tearing up Japan. Wow, that actually does sound kind of cool, but after "King Kong vs. Godzilla", I think that we could have gone a while without seeing another crossover between "Godzilla" and another monster series, rather than the first of so very, very, very many. There ought to be a little more inspiration this time around, thanks to desperation, because even though the film "Mothra" was fairly successful, the people behind it just had to have known that the "Godzilla" franchise was going to be the best thing to happen to their franchise. If nothing else will make this film more inspired than "King Kong vs. Godzilla", it's the fact that this time around, there aren't any ignorant Americans to mess this project up, like you know they would have, seeing as how when they got ahold of this film, they came up with a title as "inspired and creative" as "Godzilla vs. the Thing". You know that they're not referring to Christian Nyby's "The Thin from Another World", because no one paid that much attention to that creature until John Carpenter's remake that came out about 22 years later, just as no one pays that much attention to Mothra outside of the "Godzilla" franchise. You know, maybe those involved in this crossover aren't too much more creative than the Americans, because, again, even though these rascals are big and destructive, at the end of the day, we are talking about a big lizard facing off against a big moth. Well, at least this film is decidedly better than "King Kong vs. Godzilla", in spite of its shortcomings, such as natural ones.

I mean, I don't how much we're to expect out of a crossover between Mothra and Godzilla in the first place, but this film's story can't even be that meaty, being a lot of dramatically inconsequential chatter, punctuated by action sequences that come without any real sense of consequence over spectacle. That's the usual kaiju premise, and exactly ten years after this monster film genre was established, by way of "Gojira", it was already being worked to death, so, on top of being thin to begin with, this film's story concept is hardly anything new, crafting typical human characters, following a familiar beat and path, and ultimately hitting a number of other fluffy conventions, plenty of which are not the right ones, if you know what I'm getting at, people who saw "Mothra". The "Godzilla" series started out intelligent and reasonably grounded, with some real substance over spectacle, but "Mothra", a more stereotypical Japanese pop piece, carried many a silly aspect that returns here (Those stupid tiny twins), further taking you out of an already somewhat unengaging premise, backed by cheese on the writing that probably shouldn't be there. A lot of the dialogue is cornball, and the humor, while plenty charming and often quite amusing, breaks what tension there is in this rather dated, even if there is always a consistency in a lack of subtlety, which bloats a lot of the popcorn traits, and still not as much as it probably should to really liven things up, at least when it comes to pacing. Running not even 90 minutes, this film is almost as short as those stupid tiny twins, and it's not much of anything beyond dragging, taking what feels like a long, long time to unveil Mothra, and an even longer time to unveil Godzilla, let alone get into the action, and focusing a lot of talk that is colorful, but backed by a subdued air that is occasionally rather dulling. Too much talk has always been a problem with these kaiju classics, but this film, in particular, cannot afford to bore, especially not after "King Kong vs. Godzilla" fell flat as more of a snoozefest than the inconsequential fluff piece that it and this film aims to be. Fluffy, familiar, silly and draggy, this film stands a very real chance of falling to the level of "King Kong vs. Godzilla", but it ultimately gets by as entertaining and, well, focused, for what it is.

Even with all of the over-reliance on chatter, this film doesn't have much pretense about what it is: a fluff piece, and while that establishes a whole lot of natural shortcomings that are made all the more distancing by silly story traits and some cheesy writing, but quite frankly, this premise is plenty of fun, and Shinichi Sekizawa's scripted interpretation does add to that through some charming comic relief, and perhaps even more charming characters. The human characters are genuinely memorable, and every one of them are played the way they ought to be, making them even more charming and endearing amidst all of their aimless chit-chat, and with the help of a competent director. Ishiro Honda, the director who started it all, finally returns to the "Godzilla" franchise, but brings with him sensibilities more in the vein of his directorial performance on "Mothra", complete with more limp pacing than ponderous thoughtfulness, and more emphasis on style over substance, although that is not a huge criticism, considering that Honda often manages to keep the pace tight enough for you feel some, maybe a little too much extensiveness, backed by an adequate deal of flare. Akira Ifukube adds to this flare with a formulaic, but lively and occasionally emotive score, whose underusage keeps it from being as recurrent of a compliment to aesthetic value as Hajime Koizumi's somewhat flat, but colorfully sound and, therefore, handsome cinematography. If nothing else can be admired about the visual style of this film, it's its scope, which immerses you into a number of distinguished, often lovely locations and settings, and creates a sense of scope that further adds to the fun factor of this popcorn piece, especially in the heat of action. We're ultimately here for Mothra and Godzilla, and they take a long time to show up, arriving as effects that have become terribly dated, like a couple of other effects in this film (Those stupid tiny twins didn't always blend in, and those tanks look like the toys they are), yet are still unique and flashy enough to sell, at least as components to spare, but grand and nifty action sequences that are worth waiting a long time for. As things progress, the film does grow livelier and livelier, after plenty of slow early phases, but, honestly, the final product is almost always some degree of entertaining and colorful, keeping up enough charm and entertainment value to satisfy as a fluff piece, even if only that.

When the battle is done, this fluff piece finds its natural shortcomings as an inconsequential story that goes further plagued by familiarity and a silliness which is itself exacerbated by cheesy scripting moments that still don't manage to liven things enough to prevent a surprising amount of dragging and slow spells from threatening the final product's decency, ultimately secured by an at least entertaining premise's being done enough justice by colorfully charming humor, characters, performances and direction, and by charged score work, handsome cinematography and settings, and thrilling, if dated effects and action sequences to make Ishiro Honda's "Mothra vs. Godzilla" a fun, if inconsequential "first" crossover between two of Toho's biggest (Figuratively and literally) icons.

2.5/5 - Fair
September 17, 2014
This is how you do a human focused Godzilla right!

The characters here actually matter and are legitimately likable, and the story is legitimately entertaining. Plus some of the green screen and practical effects for the time are actually pretty impressive.

Its only problems is......surprising, its Godzilla himself. I mean, sure its cool to see him wreck shit and stuff but he just kinda......appears into the story for no reason really. And most of the time he's just kinda.....there.

And the monster fights aren't that great, ether. Plus the movie just.....stops.

But I'll still take this over Gareth's abomination any day.
½ August 7, 2014
Not bad, kinda neat to see the humans are just as interesting as the monster fights.
July 31, 2014
Mothra's appeared before but this is her debut with Godzilla. It improved on King King vs Godzilla and its a great film. Mothra isn't my favorite monster but she's appeared in some of the best ones in the series. This is no exception.
July 16, 2014
This is an awesome Godzilla movie. It has great human characters, great special effects, and great fights!
June 28, 2014
One of the best Godzilla films.
½ June 20, 2014
Really! Silly string takes down the mighty Godzilla! I think NOT!
½ May 21, 2014
There are some elements lacking that could make it better, but it is one of the best Godzilla films ever made. I would like to see the original Japanese version, though. I've noticed that the dialogue of the American dubbed versions are never accurate translations.
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