I knew this was going to happen.
After all, it keeps happening to the big green guy. Sooner or later, the Legendary American version of him was bound to end up back in the Seventies.
I know, I know. You’re thinking “You mean the Sixties. After all, that’s when he fought King Kong before.”
But, no, I mean the Seventies, the age of big colorful mechanized enemies, of multi-monster matchups, underground bases, lost civilizations, and wild vehicles. It would be easier to picture this as an amped-up version of King Kong Escapes than a remake of their first film together.
If you had any doubts this was the Seventies Godzilla, the presence of Mechagodzilla should have been enough to tip you off (yeah, I know they were keeping him secret. But that involved making lots of hints and even giving us a fleeting glimpse of him in the trailer, as far as I can see). But we also have secret underground laboratories (complete with a sinister corporation and lots of mad science), and a lost Kingdom at the center of the Earth. Not to mention all sorts of super high-tech vehicles.
Look, it’s big, it’s loud and there’s a lot of cool monster battles. The story and the main characters really don’t matter but then they’re not what you came to see.
What’s better is that this time we don’t get all the shaky cam and jullienned editing that marred Godzilla: King of the Monsters, nor does the Big G avoid the cameras as he did in the 2014 film.
It’s just a bright and colorful non-stop action ride with the giant rubbery monsters duking it out.
And, let’s face it, that’s what we came to see!
Now if we can only convince Legendary of that…
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