Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Godzilla 1985 (1984)

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!

Rating: 7/10.
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5 comments:

  1. i like that Raymond Burr was in this.

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  2. I thought it was a really neat choice as well, although I have to admit I felt his performance was very staged. Still, one of many cool nods to the original!

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  3. The original Japanese version stomps a major mud hole in the New World version in my opinion.

    Whoever is selling that bootleg on amazon wants too much for it. The person who actually did the subs for it only sold his for half that, lol.

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  4. Oh, forgot to say I do enjoy G85 for what it was. Getting to see it in the theater was a good experience. Too bad BIOLLANTE didn't get a theatrical release here and untouched.

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