Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Godzilla: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

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.

Rating: 9/10.
Entertainment: 10/10.
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5 comments:

  1. This movie is one of my favorites as well, excellent action scenes!

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  2. I liked it a lot, but there were a lot of things I didn't like. I thought the end fight went on for far too long. Also, King Ghidorah was far too weak in this movie. How many times did he die and get brought back to life? 2? 3?

    I didn't like the G suit at all. The white eyes were a nice touch, but aside from that, I couldn't get into the elephantine look of Godzilla for this movie. I enjoyed the more reptilian look of the other Millennium films and thankfully, they returned to that look at least for the next two entries.

    Originally, Keneko wanted to use Baragon, Anguirus and Varan as the three monsters that fight Godzilla, but Toho said he could have one of the three, but two of the combatants had to be more well known monsters.

    The best scene for me would have to be the scene where G, surrounded in a sea of flames, prepares to decimate the remainder of the naval fleet. Mothra rises, her wings on fire and gets a nasty surprise soon after. I thought that was a pretty strong scene.

    The ending was different this time out by having mankind bring about the "end" of Godzilla as opposed to the monsters.

    If the dark tone of this one intrigued you, Carl, you should check out ULTRAMAN THE NEXT (2005). It came out around the same time as that comedy, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS.

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  3. The scene with Mothra definitely stood out, other favorite scenes were the scene with the tourists: "Hurry! Lets take a picture, then run!!" and the woman in the hospital that lets out a sigh of relief as Godzilla passes the hospital by, when we all knew exactly what was going to happen after.

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  4. The fight with Baragon was a highlight, too. That was probably the best fight in the whole movie. The fact it takes place in the daytime adds a lot at least for me.

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  5. Very much agreed, Im used to the city setting but the fight in the mountainside was really impressive, I liked the Mothra and Ghidorah scenes as well but the Baragon scene made the film hands down

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