When Godzilla returns to Japan on another rampage, the legendary guardians Mothra, Ghidorah, and Baragon must be summoned to defeat him. The human characters are written into the plot much better than in previous entries, with a newscaster finding hidden courage when she must save the world by calling upon the ancient monster spirits. There is an epic quality to the entire film that builds on a new mythology that is slowly revealed as the plot unfolds. Godzilla has been redesigned unlike any of the other Millennium era films, capturing more of the look of the classic monster and giving him a much more sinister visage. He is made all the more menacing in that he purposefully kills hundreds of innocent people stuck in his path of destruction, one of the more horrifying aspects of the original film that has gone missing in the years since. The action is evenly distributed throughout the plot, but the battles stand out as being some of the most spectacular in the series. Each of the other monsters look fantastic and believable, with much more organic movement than in previous films and no visible wire work. The fight sequences display more of Toho's finest miniature work, making it easy to get lost in the film while completely suspending disbelief since it is nearly impossible to distinguish between reality and miniature reality. The cinematography is also much more polished and professional, and takes the film out of the standard B-Movie realm and takes it to a whole new level. Of any of the films in the series I have seen so far, GMAOA is easily the most well-made film outside of the original, and comes highly recommended to anyone that thinks of Godzilla films as just a bunch of stupid rubber monsters in a wrestling match.
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