Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. It’s a title that just rolls right off the tongue right? But actually it features a monster named Barugun as well I am not sure why he was left off the title, maybe then it would have been considered too long. This film continues the trend of the millennium series of ignoring all past films except the first. Why did Toho insist on doing this? I would have loved to see a direct follow up to G vs. Megaguris. You see people complaining all the time about remakes and sequels but I think this may be the worst offender. This is the 14 the whole series it’s a bit ridicules. This movie like the last one though is a bit more than your average monster brawl there are… wait for it… characters you actually care about! Which if you have been reading these reviews you know for some reason that is a rare feat in this series.
The main three are Chiharu Niiyama as Yuri Tachibana – A struggling reporter who follows Godzilla across Japan. Ryūdō Uzaki as Admiral. Taizo Tachibana – Yuri’s father who is also the admiral of the Japanese Self-Defense Force. He holds a personal grudge against Godzilla after the monster killed his parents during his 1954 attack. And Masahiro Kobayashi as Teruaki Takeda – Yuri’s partner. These three offer a compelling story to tell set to yet another Godzilla rampage. This time they mention that Godzilla is the undead body of the original but that may have been a joke. If not this movie features a zombie Godzilla which I am absolutely fine with. Yuri is incredible she nearly replaces my crush on Miki Saegusa from the Heisi series. Almost…. She is determined to understand Godzilla and to stop him by uniting ancient legendary creatures, while simultaneously following Godzilla every step. Her father intends to stop Godzilla by human force alone but is unsure if it’s possible. Takeda is clearly in love with Yuri and does everything he can to help her but it’s a much understated affair, one that Yuri I don’t think even notices. The choices they are each forced to make counter act each other’s goals but they each are doing what they think is right.
The monsters are all in rare form in this movie. Ghidorah is a good guy for the only time in his career. Mothra is here too she looks a little better than usual because her wings aren’t as stiff moving. Barugun is a little bizarre looking but it’s good to see him, he hasn’t been in a film for almost 50 years. He is the first to fight Godzilla and he loses. Bad. Spoiler alerts Godzilla murders him in just under two minutes maybe that’s why he was left off the title. This film features my favorite Godzilla redesign. The body isn’t as bulky, but what gets me is the eyes. Godzilla has blank white terrifying eyes. I am not sure why they didn’t stick with these eyes because for the rest of the millennium series Godzilla is mostly the bad guy and they really work in accentuating his nihilistic personality. It’s good to see a Godzilla movie like this again.