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Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964) - Or - Why Having a Hitler 'Stache Means You're A Corrupt Industrialist
Genre: Action Drama Sci-Fi (Japan)
Starring: Akira Takarada (Godzilla, King of the Monsters! • Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster), Haruo Nakajima as Gojira!
Directed By: Ishirô Honda (Mechagodzilla vs. Godzilla • Yog: Monster from Space)
Overview: A devastating hurricane has swept a giant egg into harbour. Land developers buy it and incubate it for profit as mysterious creatures beg the egg be returned to its native island. Oops, no time to chat! Godzilla just woke up!
The first thing I learned was that Mothra was a famous creature by his/her/its asexual self by his/her/its own right before ever going head to head with Gojira. He/she/it starred in an eponymous film in 1961, where he/she/it rampaged to rescue a couple miniature worshippers. With a proven track record for mayhem, they brought his/her/its destructive thorax back for more in Godzilla vs. Mothra, and you'll also be glad to know that this fourth movie in the Gojira serial is certainly worthy entertainment, even without exclamation points in the title.
Let's begin with a few flaws. Firstly, I really had no idea about all the powers the big butterfly had until researching him later. Now when I watched Mothra flapping his wings over Godzilla, I figured all that yellow stuff was plain old dust, since they were fighting on some dirt. Well it turns out that all that Godzilla flapping on the ground stuff was more than just some dramatic flailing, it was actually hurting the ginormous dinosaur since Mothra has toxic yellow dust sacks... or whatever.
Either way, what makes Godzilla vs. Mothra better than the rest so far is that the subplot actually has some depth, the fight scenes are more dynamic and the two big conflagrations that happen in the film are actually different from one another.
The subplot centers around a reporter and his new photographer who needs a big of experience before she can stop pissing off veterans with her newness. Being new has its advantages however, such as not knowing better and talking to the wrong people, or just up and asking the right people the most insulting questions. This mild incompetence leads to some interesting discoveries, one of which is the audience's ability to deduct who the bad guy is just from looking at their upper lip.
Ever go to Cuba and bitch about Castro? It's not something you do, but we as paying Canadians can get away with it, just as in Japan one can sport the moustaches of Hitler and plaster swastikas all over the place and not get called an anti-Semite. Still, as it is with J. Jonah Jameson, the moustache has a will of its own and causes personalities to sprout from the lip of those donning them, which leads to machinations of the greediest nature. When the two moustachioed men are implored by mini fairy girls (top picture left, the ones with muffin heads) to return the giant egg, they refuse, and the girls resort to telepathy, summoning Mothra to protect the egg from a rampaging Godzilla.
The overall theme for the subplot centers around something like being nice to bugs without generalizing about people. And remember, just because you wear a suit doesn't mean you're evil. For that you need to look closer at the person.
For that you need to look at the moustache.
Performance: 7 Cinematography: 7 Script: 6 Plot: 7 Mood: 8
Overall Rating: 70% (About Even)
My favourite of the 'fun' Godzilla movies so far, it inspired me to try and find a couple more, namely Godzilla Vs. Biollante (1989) and Destroy All Monsters (1968) where Godzilla actually is one of MANY monsters engaged in some sort of battle royale. And I'm talking eleven of them! Woohoo!
As long as the plots keep holding up and the action is quirky enough, I'll keep on top of this lovely impromptu study.