Godzilla King of thge monsters hould be re enitiled king of the recuts since this American version is just a recut version of the Japanese original with an added cast member to make it more palatable for American viewers. Big man, Raymond Burr plays pipe smoking reporter Steve Martin ( a small link to the wild and crazy funnyman re "Dead men don't wear plaid" )who stops off in Tokyo to puruse some hunch and ends up hunting down a creature known as Godzilla. The problem with this film is that it isn't so much a film as much as a collection of footage from the orignal Japanese Gojira cobbled together together with a voice over and scenes of Raymond trying to figure out the mystery of the monster and therien lies the problem. Since it is impossible to look at this film without being reminded in some way of the Japanense original. Imagine Star Wars recut in a way that it is seen through the eyes of Jar jar bing or imagine footage of the Godfather being used to bulk out a feature length movie which stars a character that is supposed to be connected to that original movie but in no way is and you have what is Godzilla King of the monsters. This style of film is probably most successful when played as a comedy. As evidence I offer up Woody allens "What's up tiger Lilly" and Steve Martins "Dead men don't wear plaid" in which the lead characters cut either themsleves or a voiceover into an already made film to achieve comic effect. But when tried to do seriously this creates more of an Ed Wood or " they stole hitlers brain" effect.Silly and stupid. At it's best this movie could be considered inventive and creative at it's worst. It's poxy.
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