Godzilla- Final Wars
Special Effects by
Masahiro Matsuoka – Ozaki
Rei Kikukawa – Miyuki Otanashi
Kazuki Kitamura – Xilian controller
Don Frye – Captain Gordon
Akira Takarada – UN Secretary General Daigo
Kane Kosugi – Kazama
Kumi Mizuno – Commander Namikawa
Jun Kunimura – Major Komuro
Decades of war and pollution have awakened numerous monsters, forcing the human race to unite against them. However, when a race of Aliens arrive with a message of impending doom, the stage is set for the Final War.
Like Godzilla vs King Ghidorah, this film is a bizarre mishmash of many different elements; some brilliant, some embarrassingly bad. Less than a minute into the film, we’re treated to an exhilarating confrontation with Godzilla in Antarctica, followed shortly by an equally electrifying underwater battle between the Gotengo and Manda. Forty minutes later, we’re watching a painfully drawn-out and uninspired motorbike chase, with the kaiju totally forgotten. The special effects vary in a similar way, ranging from outstanding to cringe-worthy, often within the same sequence, such as in the afore-mentioned duel between Manda and the Gotengo.
Nevertheless, for all its flaws, this film has a genuine sense of fun to it. It knows not to take itself too seriously, and as an action movie it certainly delivers.
While Godzilla himself gets very little screen time, his badass attitude and sheer power make every moment count, and the battles, while short, are fast-paced and satisfyingly brutal. Also, the film at least shows some daring in comparison to the rather generic last two entries, and provides some quite memorable characters, such as the gruff Captain Gordon and the hilarious young Xilian leader. As for the electronic score, you either love it or hate it.
If you watch this film for Godzilla alone, or try to take it seriously, you probably won’t enjoy it, but if you loosen up and give it a chance, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Godzilla: Final Wars is a badly made movie, but watched on its own terms, as a colourful and twisted triumph of style over substance, it’s tremendous fun.
Max’s verdict: 6/10
When I first saw Final Wars I was really dissapointed. My favorite movie monster didn't have enough screentime! I recently watched it again, and enjoyed it much more. It's a very fun movie, and if you can look past the flaws, you'll find a really enjoyable experience!
Godzilla: Final Wars is the 28th film in the Godzilla series, it marks Godzilla's 50th birthday, also the last film until supposedly 2013, and did they end it with a massive bang! The film returns three monsters that haven't been seen for a long time. They are: Anguirus, Gigan and King Caesar. They all have a new and amazing look. Godzilla looks really tough and he's also able to run. The Special Effects look good, well most of the time. One of the best special effects has to be Godzilla's Spiral ray at the end. Looks better then it did in GODZILLA VS DESTOROYAH. The fights are fast except for the battle with Monster X, while this film has its good parts, its also got its problems, mainly that it has far to many things put into it, making it a mess, but its still enjoyable, also if you are a Godzilla fan who always wanted to see Zilla(American Godzilla, or GINO) get killed, this film is for you. Remember one thing 'Hail to the King'.
Matthew's rating: 7.5/10
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