GODZILLA, MOTHRA
AND KING GHIDORAH:
GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK

(2001)
(Japanese Title: Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki)
With Chiharu Niiyama, Ryudo Uzaki, Masahiro Kobayashi, Shiro Sano
Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
Reviewed by JB

This review is based on the English-dubbed version of the film.

Giant Monsters are Go!     Part of the third age of Godzilla movies (the Millennium series 1999-2004), GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK, like the other Millennium movies, is built on the premise that no other previous Godzilla film exists except for the original GOJIRA.  This made it fun for filmmakers to take their new Godzilla films in any direction they wished, but for those who grew up with the original series, these films can be a little confusing.  IN GM&KG (I refuse to type that title more than once in this review!), Godzilla returns after fifty years and heads straight for Japan.  Three so-called Guardian monsters (Baragon, Mothra and King Ghidorah) then rise to protect the Japanese homeland, if not the Japanese people.  While fans of the original series can easily accept Mothra being a good monster, it is a little hard to swallow Ghidorah (or Ghidra as American fans know him) as a protector of Japan.  Isn't this the same monster who came from Planet X several times to destroy the planet?

    No, and once you get used to that, you can relax and enjoy a Godzilla movie that is fun and faithful to the spirit of the original movies while spinning off in its own directions.  In the tradition of the best Godzilla films, this film contains plenty of mystical nonsense, one-dimensional characters and majorly destructive battles.  You'll also find, of course, a beautiful female protagonist, in this case Chiharu Niiyama, who plays a reporter for a low-budget science fiction channel who risks her life in covering the gigantic battles going on all over Japan.

    There is plenty of human destruction in this film, possibly more than I have seen in many other Godzilla movies.  My favorite is the woman in traction who screams her head off when she sees Godzilla going past her hospital room.  After he passes without incident, she relaxes - and then comes a swipe of his tail wiping out several floors of the hospital.  3½ - JB.

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