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Gojira: Kaiju Wakusei

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
Godzilla: Monster Planet

Japan 2017
produced by
Takashi Yoshizawa, Yoshihiro Furusawa (executive) for Toho, Polygon Pictures/Netflix
directed by Hiroyuki Seshita, Kobun Shizuno
screenplay by Gen Urobuchi, music by Takayuki Hattori

anime
Godzilla, Godzilla (anime)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Back in the day, humankind has been driven from earth by the arrival of Godzilla, the most dangerous of all "kaijus", and has been searching for an earthlike planet ever since. But the supplies on their ship are now dwindling, so much so that it's decided to send the old and sick to a possible candidate for colonization just to get rid of them - but then everybody's shocked when the shuttle to that planet explodes, especially so Haruo, who tried his best to keep the old and sick for being exiled and has been incarcerated for it. And that he's not punished even more severely is thanks to Metphies, one of the ruling class (and quite possibly an alien in human form) who has his own agenda - and for some reason that means secretly feeding Haruo's plan to return to earth to the gouvernment. And eventually it's decided to return to humankind's home planet.

Our heroes' odyssey through space lasted a mere 20 years, but on earth 20,000 years have passed since - and for some reason, Godzilla's still alive, and still hell-bet on destroying humans. Humankind seems to be beaten upon arrival, but thanks to Metphies meddling, Haruo is made the head of the Godzilla attack force - and ultimately he works out a plan to defeat the monster, even if that plan means heavy losses. And he succeeds - only, after Godzilla has already been blown up, he again rises from the rubble, seemingly unharmed and bigger and badder than ever ...

 

If you at all know me, you know how much I love Godzilla, and you might also know that I love anime, so finally seeing Godzilla in anime form was supposed to strike a chord with me - but this in all honesty was a rather disappointing film: On the plus side of course, it tries something new, steering away from typical Godzilla plots to tell a more original story - but then this story is peopled with characters who are entirely flat and lack personality, and even Godzilla is underused and reduced to his radioactive breath. There's no hand-to-hand combat here which was so lovely in old Godzilla flicks, no stomping cities into the ground, he just shoots things out of the sky by using his breath and that's it. Plus, he's kept in the shadows for way too long - which oftenworks to the advantage in monster movies, but hey, we all know it's a Godzilla film, we all know what Godzilla looks like, one might as well show it. That all said, the film's still some fun as it's packed to the brim with monster and sci-fi action, it just at the same time feels like a bit of a missed opportunity.

 

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