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Godzilla / Gojira (1954)

Godzilla / Gojira (1954)

Country:  Japan

Director:  Ishiro Honda

Main Stars:  Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi

Storyline:  A nuclear weapon unearths an ancient lizard beast upon Japan.

Review (Spoils): Japan is in panic as several ships start to sink and disappear. As several scientists start to investigate the accidents, they find out a giant lizard known as Gojira is roaming the waters. During as the monsters makes it way to the in land, we have a love story triangle between to male scientists (one which made a weapon known as the Oxygen Bomb) and the beautiful Emiko. She talks her boyfriend into using the weapon not to defend Japan during a war but to defend Japan from the evil monster known as Gojira.

The film is one of the most classic monster films of horror and sci-fi for its time. In the 50s monster films were huge and drive-ins were becoming more and more popular for these types of films. In Japan it was a little different as there was concern currently on war of course and nuclear weapons in general. So, this film has a totally different take than the lamer American versions. It deals with environment, human conflict of power and of course the giant monster.

The film gives us of course the classic movie monster in its original format walking the streets and through power lines. Roaring and roaming the waters, along with peeking its head over the mountains. For its time the film is very interesting to watch just for the scene setups like the tiny villages, houses and of course the walking monster. That alone is worth to watch the film.

Rating:  The film can be boring when it comes to storyline, I will be honest and mostly likely get slammer for saying but the scenes and the way they created the film is what stands out. Yes, it has some similarities to The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms but it much richer as a classic. I can now literally tell myself I was seen the original Godzilla.

6/ 10 Beers!



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