The Journey of Godzilla #4 – Mothra Vs. Godzilla (1964)

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We may have just reached the peak of Godzilla. I mean seriously, what an unbelievable movie.  Now its known among’st Godzilla fans that Mothra Vs. Godzilla is considered by critics and fans alike to be one of the best Godzilla films of all time but this, I was not expecting this.

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Mothra Vs. Godzilla directed by Ishiro Honda again was released in 1964. The story follows two news reporters and one professor who find out an egg of some sort has washed ashore.  A greedy land developer “buys” the egg and plans to build an amusement park around said egg. It turns out that this egg belongs to Mothra and you can believe that Mothra was not to happy that her egg had been stolen. Two “infants” are tasked to retrieve the egg. While all this is happening, Godzilla is awoken and is on a tear destroying Japan in his path. The two news reporters and the professor go to Mothra and ask for her help. She reluctantly accepts and a battle ensues between the two. I don’t want to go to much further as that will probably spoil the movie.

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So why did I like this film you may ask. The main reason I enjoyed this film is because it has all the aspects of a Godzilla film. It has a pretty good cast and a good story without the two monsters. The movie also has in my opinion, the best soundtrack out of the Godzilla movies I have watched so far. Not only is there a new theme for the newest monster Mothra, we also see the return of the original Godzilla theme song from the first movie. Though its remixed, and its slapped on to the end of the newer, more known song, Its still there none the less and it provides a nice call back to the original motion picture.

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Honestly, you may not think that a battle between Godzilla and a giant butterfly/moth could be interesting, you’re dead wrong. Holy hell is this fight entertaining. Honestly after the last movies fight between Kong and Godzilla being mostly green screened and in my opinion, underwhelming, I was expecting this one to be the same. I’m happy to say Honda went back to what made the first film a classic, miniatures. The miniatures look so much better in this film than the previous. They’re used in the right place, and are shot at the right angle.

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This movie is the first to bring back social commentary to the genre. Specifically during the scenes on “Infant Island”, the three journeymen speak about the awful atrocities humanity has committed specifically about nuclear war. Its nice to see the movie used as an outlet for Honda’s feelings on the world. We had not seen that since the first Godzilla movie and its good to see it again.

I’m going to give Mothra Vs. Godzilla a 9 out of 10 on the Godzilla scale. Its by far he best, except for the original, so far. On the regular movie scale, I give it a 7 out of 10. It’s still a popcorn movie at heart, but has a lot more to offer underneath the two monsters.

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