30 Days of Godzilla – Day 9: Most Annoying Character Human/Kaiju/Alien and Destroy All Monsters (1968) Review
30 Days of Godzilla – Day 9: Most Annoying Character Human/Kaiju/Alien: I know this might sound weird to say but I don’t really have any character I find annoying. I mean there have been some that I didn’t really care for, but I just ignore them for the most part. If I had to say any there’s the Emmerich film’s characters, also a lot of the human characters from GMK (Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack) who either were overacting too much, way unbelievably cruel, or preachy as can be. Also that one kid with the pointless scene from Godzilla Final Wars.
30 Days of Godzilla- Review: Kaijuu Soushingeki aka Attack of the Marching Monsters aka Destroy All Monsters 1968:
So this review might be a short one, hopefully. That’s not to say the film isn’t much or bad, but rather I think the film’s real draw is being a love letter to all the Kaiju fans out there and the person looking for their inner child to feel joy again. It was a film intended to give one giant spectacle of awesomeness.
The plot, characters, and cast all serve their purpose so that our monster friends can go on one last rampage as this was intended to be the last film. The plot is basically a more grander version of Invasion of Astro-Monster where an Alien race known as the Kilaakians who want to create a great scientific civilization. They mind control the monsters and people as a way to achieve their plan.
The Kilaakians are alright but really lack a certain charm (and sympathy) that the Xiliens had. And the human characters are not as memorable as ones from Godzilla or Invasion of Astro-Monster but you do root for them. It feels more like a humans trying to survive and protect their planet rather than a bunch of memorable characters. Not great but serviceable.
Though it seems like I’m ragging on the film I really do love it for it’s special effects and action. The film really made every scene look amazing and appealing to the eye. Whenever you see the monsters destroying something or a prop and miniatures, the detail and effectiveness of them on camera is wonderful.
Seeing all the monsters; Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, Minilla, Kumonga, Gorosaurus (From the film King Kong Escapes), Manda (From the film Atragon), Baragon (From the film Frankenstein Conquers the World), Varan (From the film Varan), and of course King Ghidorah, it’s just great.
The final fight where it’s King Ghidorah vs. All of Earth’s monsters is marvelous. The final shots of the film are of each monster, living on monster island, the last on Godzilla and Minilla. As we pan out we get the feeling and knowledge that they are at peace and going to continue living happy lives (Considering how this all started, it feels like good closure).
This is the last film to include the big four of creators of the original Godzilla working together; Director, Ishiro Honda, Producer, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Composer, Akira Ifukube, and finally Special Effects Director, Eiji Tsuburaya. Honda, Tsuburaya and Ifukube all delivered to make everything feel epic and finality. What they give us isn’t the best film, but a great send off and a feeling of closure for our big friend, Godzilla. I would highly recommend it to those fans of Monster films or Tokusatsu (or really monster films in general). It’s appealing, has heart in where it counts, and really brings the kid out in all of us to see an epic adventure.
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