5.17.2009

Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack : 5 of 5

It's interesting how the Millennium series Godzilla films are either hit or miss, but I'm happy to say that this 2001 movie is definitely a major hit - maybe one of the best Godzilla movies ever (which is a big complement since I prefer the Showa series)! Just like the previous film, the entire timeline is thrown away yet again, leaving the past with only the original 1954 Godzilla (plus a brief mention of the US fiasco), but it's worth it because it allows other classic kaiju to be re-imagined as mystical "guardian monsters" who have been sleeping, waiting to protect the Earth from Godzilla. This movie features the meanest, most destructive Godzilla ever (he even has creepy white eyes), and there are several scenes that focus on his victims just long enough to establish how evil he is, which is necessary since you have to root for Baragon, Mothra, and King Ghidorah (yes, he's a good guy now!) during the climactic battle! The main character is a cute reporter named Yuri, the daughter of the military commander who remembers the 1954 attack (as shown in a nice flashback), and it's incredible how easy it is to get attached to them and their coworkers during the course of the film. After a fantastic build-up, the huge battle is simply fantastic, featuring some of the best effects I've seen in a kaiju movie! The use of CG and digital compositing that wasn't possible in previous movies is pretty incredible, making for some truly awesome and realistic shots (although at times the effects are so crystal clear that it doesn't have that Godzilla film look!). Mothra is truly beautiful as she hatches from her cocoon, and King Ghidorah is almost majestic! Because of the great characters, the wonderful pace of the plot, and the awesome effects, watching this movie was an engaging experience, and I can't recommend it enough. If you're someone who has blown off Godzilla movies as being silly, it's time for you to watch Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!

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