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Friday, February 02, 2018

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Review)

If you've been following this blog for any time, you know that I am a big Godzilla fan. I have been since I was a kid and it hasn't changed in the many years since then. I don't think there's a Godzilla movie that I outright hate, but the cartoons featuring the big G are a different matter. Sure I loved watching the Hanna Barbera Godzilla on Saturdays, but the design was too different and it never really stuck with me the way the movies did, even if there were some cool monster fights.The cartoon based on the 1998 film is good, correcting some of the missteps that the movie made and turning the lead monster into a creature that resembled the one we knew and love. Hell, he even got to breathe atomic fire!

As such, I wasn't too sure how the anime movie was going to end up being. I was happy to find out that it was good, and wildly different from what I expected.

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters deals with a world where, when Godzilla appeared, instead of fighting him to the last man, humanity (with the help of some aliens) built ships and left for the stars. However, after twenty years in space and no new planet in sight, the crew decides to turn around and head back to Earth and see if they can take it back from Godzilla. However, when they get there, they find that the world has changed, as 20 years for them was actually 20,000 years back home. Oops.

Undaunted, the crew sets out with their plan to find Godzilla, destroy him, and reclaim the planet they used to call home.

The story was a fine sci-fi tale and it was a nice change from the contemporary settings of the regular Godzilla movies. The animation was crisp and clean, though there were some hiccups at points with the CGI due to it being 24fps instead and creating a stuttering effect. My only real complaint is that besides Godzilla, the only other monster we see is rather unremarkable, a Rodan-like creature that flies in flocks. The other, named monsters from the movies show up in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shots in the opening credits but that’s it. Hopefully they give us some more in the future installments.

It’s an entertaining way to kill an hour and a half and a fine watch even if you aren’t a Godzilla fan, as quite a bit of the story revolves around human drama and machinations. The ending is one hell of a ride and I can’t wait to see the next one.

Check it out on Netflix streaming now.


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