Friday, May 31, 2019

GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

Well hell's bells, I guess I got so excited for today I forgot to post the damn review yesterday!

Yeah we'll just call it GMK so I don't have to spend 40 years writing this review, because this title is absurd.

You wanna know the whole title? Godzilla, Mothra, And King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack....just rolls off the tongue. It must be a thing in Japan because I remember another title, for a Castlevania game and the full title was Devil's Castle Dracula X Rondo Of Blood. Jesus. But long ass titles aside, I love this movie! I absolutely love this movie from beginning to end and everything in between, this is a fantastic Godzilla movie! It takes such a different approach to the Godzilla series in just about every way and yet it works so well. The story takes a much more mystic quality to it, with the appearance of Godzilla as a malevolent force of the past which they essentially explain as the souls of the dead that were subjugated by Japan during World War 2 so it's basically a ghost or phantom Godzilla. But hey the japanese sure do their ghost stories a little too well so I don't mind it. And pretty soon other monsters appear as guardian forces of Japan who fight Godzilla, and these include the monsters Baragon, Mothra, and...King Ghidorah. Wait, what? Ghidorah is like the ultimate Godzilla villain, it's like if Gotham City had the Joker protecting the city from Batman. Yeah. Weird. But they integrate a new mythology around these monsters so it's not the same world destroying space dragon we know and love, they've been guardian spirits of Japan for millenia and I really dig that! Japan is deeply rooted in religion and more supernatural myths and stories, so it makes sense they would take that approach and hell I'm surprised they haven't done it sooner! So it's three on one for the Big G but he ain't going down without a fight and it gets good I can tell you that much. I could spend all day just praising this movie, so I'll try to keep it brief. The special effects are great, they still use suitmation and models but even the instances of CG are done really well, and with such modern looking sets you could argue it looks better than ever. The designs for the kaiju are excellent, Godzilla has a more stocky hunched over physique with blank white eyes that give such menace to him, Mothra has a sleek and colorful design and is the best Mothra design I've seen yet, Baragon hasn't changed that much from the 60s but he still looks great and even a bit cute, and Ghidorah has also not changed much but all the characters have such a stylized look to them that works incredibly well. The music is a little too good if I'm honest, you know that one brief music piece from Godzilla 2000 that I just loved to death? Well this is that magnified by 1000, this soundtrack is stellar, I love it to the moon and back, you don't even hear the traditional Godzilla theme until the end credits but the new themes work and each one is memorable and awesome! I really love the human story too, though that might slightly be because our main character is a total massive cutie pie yumness! But I digress, all the characters are interesting and fun and just the fact that the story focuses on a young girl and her single father is just so new and different, just....ugh love it!! 10/10! 100/100! Best film! BEST FILM. I haven't been this pumped for a Godzilla movie in a long time and what better way to go out before Godzilla King Of The Monsters! If I have to guess, I would say the new Godzilla movie would be a combination of both Ghidrah The Three Headed Monster and GMK, but we shall see. Until then G-Fans, stay strong.

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