Friday, April 21, 2017

What Is Bugging Godzilla?

Maybe it's because the first Godzilla movie I ever saw was a late-night presentation of Godzilla Vs. The Thing, but I've always liked Mothra, Mothra works despite so many elements of the creation working against it. For one thing there's no expression possible with the giant insect which just flies from perch to perch using its giant wings to blow things around. The larvae form of the Mothra can shoot out silky fibers to entrap its enemies but they always move so slowly that it's difficult (not unlike the Mummy) to really feel much threatened by them. All that said, the sheer elegance of the creation of Mothra works.

So that made me actually anxious to see Godzilla Vs. Mothra - The Battle For Earth. This project apparently began as a straight up Mothra project but it was decided that Godzilla was a better antagonist for the god-moth.

The story is somewhat convoluted but echoes in many ways the original confrontation between the two monsters from decades before. Godzilla is awakened and later a giant egg is found on a distant island protected by two little girls dubbed the "Cosmos". We get an ancient yarn about there being two moth-gods, Mothra and another named Battra who fought long ago with Mothra coming out on top. Now it appears Battra seems to be on the verge of being revived. Meanwhile a devious business man tries to kidnap the Cosmos and gain control of their power. Mothra and Battra emerge at last and begin to fight when Godzilla pops out of Mount Fuji and the two team up to take on the greater threat. This ends up with Battra's destruction and Godzilla imprisoned again. But now Mothra must take up a prophesied mission for Battra and leaves Earth with the freed Cosmos to confront a deadly meteor headed for Earth in the future.

There's a hectic activity to this one and the battles between the monsters are pretty good, though as with all battles with Mothra, the fights are limited in their kinetic variety. All in all this one gets good marks for tone, but can't really be called exciting at much any point.

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  1. The 60s Godzilla vs Mothra was probably the first Godzilla flick I saw too. And probably still my favorite

    1. I'd have to agree. The original Gojira is the finest of the lot to this day, but of the later lighter ones, Big G vs.The Thing is high on any of my lists. It's got a great atmosphere.

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