After a 10-year break from the big screen, Godzilla stormed back in to theaters in this 1984 revamp, bringing with it a much more serious tone and the human touch that had been missing in the years since Ishiro Honda's departure from the series. Raymond Burr returns for the first time since the original GODZILLA as an American reporter that must assist the military in stopping the radioactive menace Godzilla after it resurfaces off the coast of Japan. Where GODZILLA delivered a powerful message against the horrors of atomic warfare in the fallout of World War II, 1985's film transposes the issue against the Cold War fears troubling the US, Japan, and Russia. Hashimoto revisits many familiar character arcs and plot points popularized in Honda's version, with the scientists and military leaders of each of the major world powers working alongside one another to put an end to the unstoppable force of nature. Godzilla is a far cry from the kid-friendly anti-hero of the 1970s as it returns to its destructive and menacing roots. Its costume shows marked improvements as well, though the extended shots are far more convincing than the puppets used in closeup. While Godzilla benefits from his vicious new look, the scale miniatures and special FX pale in comparison to Eiji Tsuburaya's intricate designs from the early Showa era films. GODZILLA 1985 made tremendous progress in resurrecting the fading monster series, and while it was easily surpassed by later entries, it is a solid effort that will get fans cheering once more!
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