Thursday, July 23, 2009

July 21, 2009

Godzilla 1985 (1984)
Before the actual entry, here's a note about the title vs. the release date: this film was originally released in Japan under the title The Return of Godzilla in 1984. Then a year later, it was released in the US with the new title. Since I own the US version, that's the title I'm going with.
So here's the sequel to the original Godzilla that ended with our beloved giant lizard being disintegrated at the bottom of the ocean. And now he's back by...magic? Who cares - Godzilla always comes back! This one has a much different feel than the first one - it's almost as though Godzilla is a sympathetic character. He's awoken from his sleep on the ocean floor and, hungry for nuclear radiation (what else?), goes to snack on Tokyo. At which point, huge loudspeakers in the city warn people that he's coming and that "this is not a drill." I was sidetracked for a good ten minutes speculating what a Godzilla Drill must look like. The Japanese throw everything they have at him, including tanks and airplanes, but this is not King Kong we're dealing with. This is Godzilla, who is much more badass, and the only thing that the humans accomplish is to seriously make him angry. Understandably, he goes after more of Tokyo. The end, when they finally do defeat him, is actually sort of sad. Poor Godzilla. But don't worry, he resurrects soon enough to fight a giant mutated rose bush named Biolante. But that's another entry.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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