G: minus 2 days
Gojirathon is me just writing up some thoughts about the movies I see while I conduct my little marathon of Godzilla-movies in anticipation of the new Hollywood retooling. Why Gojirathon and not Godzillathon? Well, because Rolfe already did his Godzillathon as part of his Monster Madness, and I don’t want to steal his work. I’ll be using the terms, G, Big G, Godzilla and Gojira somewhat interchangeably… since I can be a bit lazy at times, when it comes to these things.
Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
What is this? An honest to FSM straight sequel to the previous film? Why this isn’t something we’ve been used to lately. According to IMDB-Trivia on the last one it says that when they were done with that one the director went to the studio heads and suggested a straight sequel. This was made and is this film. But the same trivia also claims that no real plans existed for a third entry that would effectively have made it a Mechagodzilla-Trilogy. There is a teaser in the after-credits portion. But like in Back to the Future, it was inserted more for fun than any real plans on a followup on the same story.
This film being a real sequel to a previous movie featuring Mechagodzilla also brings to mind that if any film. This should have been titled Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla II. Oh well. What is done is done and there’s no real point to dwell on that past mistake.
As mentioned this one picks up right where the last one left off. Though it does do a changeover slightly in the casting mainly so we can have a slight love-triangle going.
Mothra turns up in the airspace and its emmisaries, the fairy-twins, bring out an ultimatum. Return Godzillas Bones to the sea or face war with the giant flying moth. While the old man who discovered Infant Island in the very first Mothra-film believes them, the government do not. Godzilla is still alive out there and can return any day. They cannot get rid of their only proven line of defense.
Then, of course, Godzilla do appear and they have to send out a newly repaired Mechagodzilla who has had the destroyed Absolute Zero Gun replaced with a Hyper Maser. The match is on and just like in Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla this takes up most of the screen-time. Mothra sides with the humans temporarily and fights Godzilla until death. And then the larvae of the new generation of Mothra appear to carry on the fight.
After a lot of fighting the Mothra larvae has spun their silk around Godzilla, immobilizing him, Mechagodzilla gains selfawareness once more, grabs onto Godzilla and flies them both out to see to bury themselves in the Japan Trench.
Again. It’s not great, but a very competently done film nonetheless. The effects-work is really decent and we get more than our fair share of Monster on Monster on Monster action. And it ends, as I alluded to earlier, with a teaser where cells of an unnamed extinct creature is worked upon in a super-top-mega secret lab somewhere. This thread isn’t followed up on in the final film. Final Wars. But it was a fun little thought they had there.
Now that was the penultimate. Now I can finally enjoy my favorite of the franchise. The ever so outrageous and silly and simply awesome.
GODZILLA: FINAL WARS
Be seeing you!