Howdy ladies and gents, it is review time and once again I returning to the Godzilla series with the second film, Godzilla Raids Again. After watching the original last year and really liking it (you can read the review here), I really wanted to check out the next instalment. And since I feel like I have nothing better to do today I thought I’d watch it.
Again I feel like I should mention my reasons for watching this which are:
- James Rolfe: I’ve watched his Monster Madness Godzillathon several times over the last 2 years now and it’s really made want to check out the original films.
- Godzilla 2014 is on the horizon and I’m super hyped to see what will happen with this new version.
Anyway, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let’s start this review! 🙂
In this second entry of the Godzilla series, another monster is introduced to fight Godzilla. The new creature is called Anguirus and looks like a big spiked turtle. The two creatures wage their war in Japan and level cities along the way.
The story is solid with there being an interesting side of things for the humans and it all comes together in a tale that has similar themes, atmosphere to its predecessor. There is death, destruction, all manners of chaos and a sense of doom in the air. Now granted there is definitely a lighter tone in this film where there are moments in the story in between all the chaos and destruction for characters to laugh, smile and genuinely have a good time. While it works in the film, I do miss the moody and melancholy style of the last film. Call me a moody bastard but I do like my dark storylines.
As for the cast they’re not as memorable as the last film, they’re all good in their roles but the only person I can really recall is Minoru Chiaki as Koji Kobayashi, he was the most charismatic, funny and strange out of the whole cast.
When it comes to the presentation it is good but not as impressive as the first film. Visually it continues the dark and foreboding atmosphere of the last film thanks to the low lighting, however it isn’t as effective and since there isn’t that much light in the night scenes things can get very hard to see very fast. Also the fights between Godzilla and Anguirus are laughable at best, you can’t take it seriously when the fight scenes are all sped up and weird-looking or when there is one scene near the beginning that looks like claymation. Some of it works but for the most part the monsters don’t seem that menacing this time road. The soundtrack by Masaru Satō also isn’t as strong and doesn’t have my trademark “Godzilla (Main Theme)” in the film at all which made me said.
In conclusion Godzilla Raids Again (1954) is a pretty decent follow-up the first film, but it does lose a few points for lacking the more intense and dramatic tone of the last film and having really dodgy looking fight scenes between Godzilla and Anguirus. That being said, this film had a nice side story for the humans, some nice action sequences and was fun to watch.
6.5/10 (Not as good as the first film, but still pretty good)
So for those of you out there who have seen Godzilla Raids Again, what do think of the film? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀