The Journey of Godzilla #3 – King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962)

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Wow, what a let down that was. How can a movie about King Kong and Godzilla be so…. Dull.

King Kong Vs. Godzilla Directed by Ishiro Honda is the third film in the Godzilla series. Afrer a 7 year hiatus, Godzilla made its way back to the silver screen and it promised to be a good one. I mean, what an idea. Put the epitome of Japanese monster movies, Godzilla against his American counterpart, King Kong. That’s what Toho did.. and that’s about all they did.

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The company must have forgot they had to include a decent story in a large budget film. Now the story isn’t awful. Its your basic evil but funny businessman story but that’s about it. In the next film (I’m writing this after I have already seen the later) there is actual character development. In this one, you really could give a shit about the characters. Now I know, I know “It’s a Godzilla movie, what did I expect” I can tell you I excepted the next movie, Mothra Vs. Godzilla to be much worse than this movie.

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Now I can’t just rip on this movie though, the fight between the two beasts is pretty cool. With that being said, how can it not be cool.

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One of the biggest problems with the cannon of this film is the sheer size of King Kong. He’s huge! In the original 1933 King Kong, he’s less than half the size than he is in this film. Who knows, maybe he grew on the island.  I added a chart above to show you the sheer magnitude of Godzilla compared to King Kong originally.

I sadly could not find the Japanese version of the film and had to settle with the American, Universal version of the film. They add this wacky American news reporter to the film and it SUCKS! I mean its awful. Its just a way to get this movie over with the American audience because the Japanese film is to “complex” somehow. The audio dubbing, except for the two exhibitionists, is also awful. Now I know that English and Japanese are two completely different language’s and it will never match up but that’s not even the problem. The problem is the awful actors they hired. They all sound so bored.

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Another technical disaster of the film was the green screen. Now I know, it was the 60’s and green screen was running a muck all over the large budget movie industry. King Kong Vs. Godzilla use green screen in the most idiotic of places. They use it in places where green screen is not even needed. It’s like they’re just rubbing the fact that they own a green screen in the faces of the audience.

So, with that being said, what do I give King Kong Vs. Godzilla. I’m going to give this film a 6 out of 10 on the Godzilla scale and a 5 out of 10 on my normal movie scale. Again, Its King Kong Vs. Godzilla so it can’t be absolutely abysmal. I mean, the fighting scenes were cool.

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