2 Hour Children’s Film Baby Godzilla coming in 2019
by Nick Peters
I legitimately adore Godzilla. He was a huge aspect of my childhood, next to Thomas the Tank Engine and Spiderman. I ate up EVERY movie that existed. I remember my parents bringing home whatever Godzilla movie they could find at our local library for me. I had a bunch of action figures of various giant monsters that I would have fight each other in whatever mock battle I wanted to imitate that day. Even the really bad old American movie was my fucking shit. My parents would tell a funny story about how I was scared of going to my cousin’s wedding because it was in New York City, where Godzilla attacked.
However, I fell off. I grew up and found something else to obsess over. However, it wasn’t a couple of years ago when the 2014 Godzilla movie came out, that the joy that I once had, returned full force. I will talk about that more when I discuss that specific movie, because I love that movie.
A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that Hulu had added a lot of Godzilla movies to its streaming service. They do not have any from the Shōwa era (the first era of Godzilla movies, from the 50s to the 70s), however they have most of the Heisei era (this era was from the 80s to the 90s), and the Millennium era (the late 90s to 2000s movies). I was fucking happy that they added some of these movies. I decided to start watching these movies in chronological order of release, and write an article about them. For now I am only covering the first four, as well as the original 1954 movie and the 2014 movie.
I hope you enjoy this ride as much as I did:
This movie reinvigorated my love of Godzilla. I saw this movie with my dad a couple of weeks after it came out in an empty theater. My dad said that he saw 7 year old me return during this movie. He was right. The whole final battle alone was just a shot to the nostalgia. If you watch any movie on this list, please watch this one. It is thoroughly entertaining, and you know what, yes the human parts are weak, but that’s in keeping with every other Godzilla movie. Between this and the recently released Kong: Skull Island, I am very excited for the MonsterVerse.
This is it. The classic. The OG. This movie started it all. This movie launched a franchise. I hadn’t actually seen this movie until recently, and I was SHOCKED to see how well this movie just still stands up. The writing is great. The cinematography is beautiful. The music is amazing, adding a grandeur to the story. Godzilla’s theme is fucking iconic. The special effects are amazing in the context of the fact it is a 50s movie. This movie is visually impressive. The production group understood their technical limitations at the time, and played to their strengths. Now, 50 years later, this movie still stands out. Just don’t watch the American version, watch the Japanese version. The American version is not just a dub, but a whole new edit with an added American character and oh boy is this version kinda bad. Worse if you watch it right after the Japanese version, trust me I kinda regret it.
Godzilla vs King Ghidora
Oh boy. This is the first available movie on Hulu, and it’s from the Heisei era. These movies, while separate from each other, are connected and sprawling. This movie is just madness, but also boring. There are time travelers. Godzilla dies and gets rebirthed. Everyone travels back to the 40s. It just goes places. King Ghidora is created because Godzilla dies, and then is resurrected by the heroes to take out the reborn Godzilla. It goes and goes and goes. The writing is nonsensical. Also according to this movie, Stephen Spielberg’s father as a marine saw the time travelers and a young Godzilla, which in turn gave his son inspiration to make his movies. JUST SAYING THAT GODZILLA INSPIRED CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A THIRD KIND. DOES THIS MAKE SENSE TO YOU MAJOR SPIELBERG. However, regardless of the story, the fights are also boring, and just bad, but not in an amazing B movie way. It was a boring monster movie, and that is a travesty.
Godzilla vs Mothra
You want to talk about an even more nonsensical mess. OH BOY. This movie was strange, but also great. It’s painfully obvious that the writers wrote a movie about Mothra, and added Godzilla in at the last second. Mothra has 2 little fairies that talk to the main characters. They also break out in song, and despite being magical fairies can easily get captured in a box. It’s great. I totally did not question if someone had slipped me some sort of drug. Not at all. Mothra is basically a giant moth with mystical powers that wants to protect Earth. (Hilariously giant caterpillar Mothra wrecks an entire city and kills tens of thousands, but shhhhh it wants to protect Earth). But you know what, despite its weirdness, I highly recommend this movie. This movie was just giant monster action from the beginning. Godzilla appears at the half hour mark, and it just GOES. I ended this movie being thoroughly entertained, and I would say, if you want to watch an old school Godzilla movie and do not know which to watch, try this one.
Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II
Despite being the first vs MechaGodzilla movie in this era, the American production company decided to slap a big fat 2 on its name. But hey, while the last two movies were adventures in nonsense, this one actually has a good plot, that could honestly be used in a new Godzilla movie. The plot makes sense and is pretty basic. However, the designs for each of the monsters in this movie is great. MechaGodzilla especially looks badass. The three-way throwdown between Godzilla, MechaGodzilla, and Rodan is fucking great. Further, this movie introduces Baby Godzilla, (or Godzilla II), who is ADORABLE. So yeah, highly recommend this movie. It’s action packed. And also the amazing line “Sayonara Baby Godzilla” is said, so like Academy Award for best screenplay, anyone?
Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla
SpaceGodzilla’s design is fucking rad looking. That’s probably my only compliment for this snooze-fest of a movie. It just doesn’t work. Mothra and her fairies return to I guess lend a hand. They don’t really do shit honestly. There’s a new anti-Godzilla robot, called Mogera, which is cool I guess. Like it’s not all bad, and while the fairies make me kinda sigh, it’s fine. It’s just that nothing happens. The final fight reeks of either poor planning or budget cuts, as Godzilla, SpaceGodzilla, and Mogera stand in a circle and shoot lasers at each other. The ending is also the most drawn out shit in the world. Godzilla walks into the ocean for what feels like 10 minutes. Baby Godzilla is back though, and this time, HE’S EVEN MORE ADORABLE. Honestly, I’d have preferred a 2 hour film of Baby Godzilla just living his life, because Baby Godzilla is too pure for this world.
So that’s it. I hope you enjoyed this look at some Godzilla movies. It was a real treat to re-watch these movies and go down a nostalgia trip. There are still plenty more movies available on Hulu, which I will continue to watch. (For instance, I have Godzilla vs. Destroyah on my queue, and I heard it’s one of the best of the Heisei era, and a fitting end to that story – so I’m hype). They are fun adventures, here you get to watch giant monsters pummel each other to smithereens as cities hilariously crumble like Legos under them. It’s honestly pure entertainment. Yes, in watching all these movies, the human elements are significantly lacking, and drag things down, but they are not the point, they are just there to fill up time and give the monsters more levity. In fact, the movies I enjoyed were the ones where the humans were reacting to Godzilla, not driving the plot. I hope you take the time to watch a couple of these movies too.