Godzilla vs Mothra (1964)

Posted: May 18, 2011 in Movie Review
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Godzilla vs Mothra (1964)
Godzilla vs the Thing
{Mosura tai Gojira}

Directed By: Ishirō Honda

Starring: Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yu Fujiki, Emi Itō, Yumi Itō

Subgenre: Kaiju

Synopsis: A gigantic egg is found on the shores of Japan shortly after a typhoon.  We soon discover the egg belongs to Mothra and will soon hatch, unleashing a monster attack on the country.  To further complicate matters, Godzilla shows up as well.  This sets up a showdown of epic proportions.

Thoughts: This is not one of my favorite Godzilla movies, it doesn’t flow well.  When it comes to these movies, the more monsters, the better they are.  Unfortunately, the larvae that hatch from the eggs just don’t cut it as cool monsters.  Godzilla is great as always and I even dig Mothra, but the little cocoon spewing slugs are just ridiculous.

The other aspect of the movie that annoyed me was those annoying damn fairies from the island.  I kept hoping someone would step on them.  I’m here to see some giant monsters stomp a city, not watch little fairies sing and warn people of impending doom.

The marketing, especially in the US was very interesting, as the movie was known over here as Godzilla vs the Thing.  No one knew what “The Thing” was supposed to be.  Was it the larvae creatures?  Was it Mothra?  I created a lot of confusion with the intial viewers and the journalists that reviewed the movie.

Even though this isn’t on my list of favorite Godzilla movies, it is still a pretty important one in the pantheon.  Mothra ranks pretty high on the list of iconic Kaiju.  Completists should check it out, or hardcore Godzilla fans, but casual fans could probably skip it.

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