30 Days of Godzilla – Day 14: Favorite Kaiju Enemy and Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (1974) Review
30 Days of Godzilla: Day 14: Favorite Kaiju Enemy: Oh this is tough, I love them all, but of course King Ghidorah, I just love him so much. His destructiveness, the sheer size, the epic battles he has with Godzilla in almost every film. Ghidorah always makes his presence known. I also love MechaGodzilla, Destroyah and Gigan. They are all just very fun to watch whenever I see them on screen. Honorable mention: I love TItanosaurus, such a cool creature with a rather tragic story behind it.
30 Days of Godzilla- Review: Gojira Tai Mekagojira aka Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1974:
I love this movie, I mean really love this movie. I think it’s one of the best of the Showa era. It just has so much flare, energy, a distinctive personality, that it feels like a real breath of fresh air for the Godzilla movies after Destroy All Monsters.
This was Godzilla’s 20th anniversary, so I guess it was only appropriate that his opponent for this film would be a robotic version of himself. Indeed the film introduced another grand fan favorite in MechaGodzilla. In this film he is a creation of the Black Hole Planet 3 Aliens, known as the Simians. They want world domination and their weapon of choice is MechaGodzilla, modeled after and on data of Earth’s greatest being/enemy, Godzilla.
MechaGodzilla lives up to the hype with an insane arsenal and skills that put him on par with King Ghidorah. He’s a behemoth of a monsters, multiple missiles that can shot from anywhere, eye beams, chest beam, rotational head, force field, flying, he has it all. MechaGodzilla is wonderful addition to the franchise and is worth seeing the film alone just for him in action.
Perhaps another great aspect of the film is that the special effects are probably one of it’s stronger points. Every scene with special effects is used with great craft and care. Teruyoshi Nakano’s skills as a special effect director are fully utilized and makes the most of it. A vast and welcomed sight after what happened with Godzilla vs. Gigan and Godzilla vs. Megalon. The humans are serviceable and do their joy, they have more distinct flavor that makes them stand out from the three previous films. I especially like Shin Kishida and Akihiko Hirata characters, they stood out the most for me.
The Simians are nice too, combining blood-thirsty aliens with suave attitude, I guess maybe they’re alien Vikings.
The team of Jun Fukuda and Masaru Sato return as director and composer for this film, respectively. And they are in top form. Fukuda’s directing is used masterfully in the film and shows off his expertise as a cop drama director during the human drama and action. He keeps focus throughout the film and makes every scene feel like it counts. I think this is probably his best work as a director for Godzilla movies. Sato creates a colorful and unique score that fits well with the film. It has a distinct flavor to it and really makes the film stand out on it’s own. I love the scene of the reveal of MechaGodzilla, the shot and the music that plays is just wonderful and intense.
Godzilla is this film is suit acted by Isao Zushi who is serviceable and adds a sense of Godzilla’s determination to stop his robotic clone.
Anguirus returns for the film briefly and sadly get hurt very much in the movie. He gets brutalized by MechaGodzilla, his jaw even gets broken.
King Caesar is a nice Kaiju, he is is no slouch combining great strength and great quickness to make him a worthy ally for Godzilla.
I couldn’t recommend this film enough. It’s imaginative, creative, stands out as it’s own film, has wonderful directing, music, and special effects with intense action to top it all off. As I said I think it’s one of the best Showa films in the franchise, a great anniversary gift for Godzilla fans and kaijuu fans alike, and a great one to show newer fans as well. This was Jun Fukuda and Masaru Sato’s last Godzilla film and I say they went out with their style and flare.
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