Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) Movie Review
The golden terror has returned!!!
After the mediocre box office success of Godzilla vs. Biollante, Toho decided to bring back Godzilla’s arch nemesis, King Ghidorah. The plot is that people from the future come to the 20th century to tell Japan that the nation will be completely destroyed by Godzilla (gee what a surprise), but that they can go back in time and remove Godzilla from history, but they have something up their sleeve. When our heroes and two of the Futurians go back in time to remove Godzilla, while he is a Godzillasaurus from the site where he was going to be mutated, the two Futurians put three little creatures called Dorats in his place, so when the bomb goes off it merges and transforms them into King Ghidorah. The Futurians use him to destroy Japan and claim “that they’ll show the Japanese the proper way to rebuild their country.” So the Japanese figure that the only thing that can save them is Godzilla (now that’s what you call desperate).
From an action and special effects perspective, this movie is incredible and my favorite in the second Godzilla series. From a plot perspective, it brings up a lot of questions and would eventually complicate things for later films in this series. How the Japanese still remember Godzilla even though he was erased from history is beyond me. That’s the only really question that this movie brings up, until Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla. The human villains of the movie are Americans and the human villains of the last movie were middle eastern and both of these movies were directed by the same director. I know that this guy probably has nothing against Middle Easterns and Americans, but it makes you wonder why he would use different races as the villains rather than Japanese actors? It’s similar to the question, why is it that in Star Wars, the Rebel Alliance consists of Americans and the Empire consists of British.
However that time travel scenario is a tiny problem for me, Godzilla is still as menacing as ever, King Ghidorah is awesome and even though he’s not a space monster in his origin story, his destructive nature is still there. Godzilla is also the most ruthless he’s ever been. When it comes to fighting Ghidorah he won’t let Ghidorah fly away in defeat like he did in the order films, he’ll do everything he can to make sure he’s dead. Another big factor that make the movie even better is the return of composer Akira Ifukube. He did retire after Terror of Mechagodzilla but after the previous movie, his daughter told him that since they will keep using his themes in future Godzilla movies, he should just score the next one himself. So he did and he would compose the scores for three more Godzilla movies until his official retirement in 1995.
There really isn’t much else I can say about this movie. It’s action packed, enjoyable, and one of the best Godzilla movies made. I would also say that you want to introduce your kids to Godzilla, but you think the first movie will be too intense, then this is an excellent place to start. It shows them Godzilla’s origin, there is no back story required, and it features his arch enemy. I highly recommend this one.
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