Godzilla Reviews: Godzilla vs. Gigan

Godzilla Reviews: Godzilla vs. Gigan

A Change of Pace

After the poor reception of Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka decided to go back to a more standard alien invasion story.

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You might be thinking, there have been like 4 or 5 alien invasion plots in this series so far, how many other types of aliens are there? Well… you’ll see.

Story Synopsis

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Godzilla vs. Gigan takes place after The Smog Monster but before Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. A shady group has built a new giant monster themed amusement park, with its main attraction a giant statue of Big-G himself. They hire a young cartoonist to help them make the art for the park. As he looks into the mysterious park owners, he finds out a terrible secret. They are not human, THEY ARE GIANT ALIEN COCKROACHES!!! Yes, giant alien cockroaches in human suits…

In any event, they decide to bring King Ghidora and another new space monster Gigan, to earth to conquer it for them (since that has worked so well for the other aliens who have done the EXACT same thing). But, Godzilla and Angurius rise to stop them.

Impressions

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At this point, I am now just starting to feel anger watching these movies. They are so lazy. A lot of the fight between Godzilla and King Ghidora is just recycled footage. Furthermore, King Ghidora has been beaten so many times already he is just not threatening anymore. Footage is recycled, stories are recycled, and even the actors are recycled. Even the music is just re-orchestrated versions of songs in the previous films.

This movie would mark the departure of Haruo Nakajima, he was the man in the Godzilla suit for each of the Godzilla films up to that point. It would also be the last film in the original (Showa) series that King Ghidora would appear.

One of the stranger choices in the movie was to have Godzilla and Angurius talk to each other. But when they speak to each other manga style speech bubbles appear. It is so strange, and totally sticks out in a corny way.

This is also the most bloody Godzilla movie. Blood squirts out of Godzilla and Angurius when they get hit. At one part, Angurius runs straight into a buzzsaw that Gigan has in his chest (great strategy Sun Tzu), and blood squirts out of his face and splashes on the camera. It’s very strange because, who was this movie made for? Many parts of it are very childish, but then there is fairly graphic violence. It’s very strange.

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