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This is the best Godzilla movie ever made - if you want to see just one of them, it is this one!,
This review is from: Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)It is now more than 30 years since I became a serious afficionado of the oversized fire breathing dark green reptile with serious anger management issues and a Tokyo fetish. During this time I saw most of the kaiju movies and this one - together with the first "Godzilla" of 1954 - is my all time favourite.
For those of you who have not a clue about those movies, it is important to know that there are two series of Godzilla films - one in which it is a hostile force and another one in which it is a kind of protector of Japan fighting with other "kaijus" (giant monsters). Even in this second situation I always strongly suspected that Godzilla is fighting other monsters more to protect his own turf ("I AM the one to destroy Japan and nobody else will do it for me!") than to really protect humans...))) I like this second kind of movies more and here we have the jewel of the crown in which Godzilla faces possibly his toughest foe (yes, worse even than King Ghidorah!).
Mechagodzilla is a cyborg version of Godzilla, build by aliens who want to conquer the Earth (as always beginning with Japan) and who need to eliminate Godzilla first. Now, I think that everybody will agree that Godzilla movies are not "real" films - the scenario usually is reduced to almost nothing and must just give a pretext to the fight between kaijus or between Godzilla and the Japanese army. But this movie is an exception. Here the plot is rather credible and surprisingly interesting - and The Supreme Alien Leader is a really great villain! The atmosphere surrounding the ancient prophecy is really mystical and plays well. Humour is provided by the King Seesar, a guardian monster of Okinawa, a really cuddly thing that your kids should instantly love. And then there is the music, with especially the Mirayabi Prayer, a strikingly beautiful song in Japanese, which in itself is the reason to buy a collection of soundtracks of Godzilla movies.
I saw this movie many times and now that I am a grown up, I watch it sometimes with my kids - and we all have a great time! Really - if you are a fan and you do not know it yet, see it. And if you are just curious about the Godzilla phenomenon and want to see just one kaiju movie to try - well, pick this one. It is the best!