Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 4 Beans
n case you're confused, this is also known as the 1984 remake of "Gojira".
I have to give this movie credit. Even with the special effects avilable in 1984, this movie did NOT sell out but maintained true to the original Godzilla style (unlike a certain 1998 remake). And, though we don't really get to see much of Godzilla in this movie, we do get to see enough to get to know him and feel sorry for him by the end of the movie.
I really don't have much bad to say about this movie. It was definitely far superior to the 1998 version. However, it did have a few problems, one of which being that Godzilla really does get very little screentime and only manages to smash a few things while he's in Tokyo.
The main problem with this movie is its inability to keep track of itself or stay consistent/coherent in the plot development. Specifically, the plan to rid Tokyo of Godzilla. The plan is to lead him out of town by means of mechanical imitations of bird calls that he seems to like, yet the first thing they do is shoot cadnium missiles into him. Then they talk about tranquilizers, then the bird call stuff starts up again. Then they put him to sleep (how do they plan to drag him out of the city?), then someone explodes a nuclear missile and he wakes up, and the Japanese prime minister gets pissed presumably because it's always his country that has to get nuked. Then there's more bird call stuff and then Godzilla falls into a Volcano. Huh?
If you put aside the confusing plot, though, this movie isn't too bad.
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