Another day, another Godzilla movie. After banning the director of the last movie from doing another Godzilla movie, Toho Studios decided to get a former director for the next movie. They also decided to go back to a tried and true plot for their movie; aliens from another planet use monsters to try and conquer the earth. So will the Godzilla series be redeemed with these factors? Well…..this is a movies from the 70’s so….see for yourself as I review today’s movie, Godzilla Vs Gigan (a.k.a. Godzilla On Monster Island)
The plot: Manga artist Genko Kotaka has been trying to get a job without much success. He finally winds up getting a job at World Children’s Land, a monster themed amusement park that is intended to promote peace. As he heads to the corporate headquarters, he bumps into a young girl who is running out of the building, dropping a tape reel in the process. Later that night, Genko runs into the girl again, who begs him to give her back the tape. After talking with Genko, the girl, Machiko Shima, and her friend, Shosaku Takasugi, explain that Machiko’s brother, Takashi, has gone missing and that the tape could have a clue as to what happened to him. Genko retrieves the tape and the three people listen to it but all they hear is noise. However, the monsters on Monster Island hear the noise and Godzilla sends Anguirus to investigate. Genko heads to the amusement park and finds out that Takashi is being held captive there. Genko, along with his girlfriend Tomoko, try to rescue him but are captured by Kubota, the head of Children’s Land. Kubota takes them into the control room, at the top of a Godzilla shaped tower, where the three people learn that Kubota and the Chairman, Fumio Sudo, are actually human sized cockroaches that have come from Space Hunter Nebula M to conquer the Earth. To do this, they use the tape that they managed to retrieve to signal two monsters from outer space, King Ghidorah and a cyborg monster named Gigan. The two monsters arrive on Earth and begin to attack Japan. Anguirus had gone back to get Godzilla and the two monsters arrive to battle the space monsters. Genko, Tomoko, and Takashi manage to escape the Godzilla tower and try to convince the authorities to attack the theme park. Meanwhile, the space monsters lure Godzilla towards the tower, where the aliens begin to attack Godzilla with a laser built into the tower. Genko, Takashi, and some police officers manage to load an elevator full of explosives and send it up to the top floor of the tower, where the aliens unknowingly shoot the explosives, destroying the tower. King Ghidorah and Gigan are confused by the loss of the control tapes and are soon defeated and sent flying back into space by Godzilla and Anguirus.
This was a pretty decent movie in the series. The plot was good and I thought how they revealed the cockroaches through shadows, as opposed to having a giant cockroach appear on screen, was a good way to make use of the limited budget. The human side of the story was pretty good and the story actually progressed more with them than it did with the monsters. The scene with the monsters “talking” was pretty funny, both in the Japanese version (where comic style pop-ups appeared over the monsters heads) and in the English version (where the monsters actually spoke). I also thought it was interesting that they had the good monsters bleeding in this movie. The one thing that I thought was a little annoying was the use of footage from some of the older movies to fill in scenes. The main problem I had with this is that the scenes they used were in the daytime, but the battle in this movie was at night. So you would randomly go from a dark scene to a lighter scene and then back again. It made the fights look a little weird. Otherwise, this is a fun movie to watch.
A good Godzilla movie to watch, which is never a bad thing.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5