Destroyer14 Revisits GODZILLA VS. MEGALON

With plenty of GODZILLA updates recently, I decided to 'cash-in' as they say with this revisit of the most infamous (well besides the 98 one) film in the series, the crazy and awesome Godzilla vs. Megalon!

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By Destroyer14 - 1/11/2013


Ah, Godzilla vs. Megalon, a title fans cringe when hearing it. However, over the years, the fanbase has gained a liking for the film, becoming what the critics call a 'cult classic.' Back in the day I would hear fans call this the worst Godzilla movie ever. Today, things are different. Final Wars has taken its place and is the hated one now. (A lot of people tend to even like All Monsters Attack more than Final Wars, though most agree that it's still better than the 98 film.) Godzilla vs. Megalon is the most low-budgeted Godzilla film since All Monsters Attack. Thought Godzilla vs. Gigan had stock footage? That was nothing. Here the majority of Megalon's 'attacks' on the city are stock footage from Ghidorah and a few others. Also, you'll notice that Japan seems like a ghostown. It's like everyone died in the previous film and it's just these people that are left. Seriously, on the highway, it's just those two cars! This film defines the 70's for Japan. Just look at the groovy outfits and disco music. It's no surprise that this film has a slight comedy undertone. The monsters are representing the 70's with energetic moves and personality that put the Heisei era to shame. There are car chases in this man. You just can't dislike this movie, it's too entertaining.

I remember many years ago when my dad put on the Sci Fi channel, there was a Godzilla marathon airing. (Those were the days.) The scene that had always stayed in my head was when Gigan and Megalon did their monster 'high five.' The film never got an official North American DVD release, until last year of course. Fast forward over ten years later and the awesome people at Media Blasters has released the first ever official American release of the film. Besides it being a bare-bone release with no special features, the video and audio are impressive. (Yes, you get to hear the horribly dubbed kid's high pitched voice in all its glory.) The story is also not something that would usually be found in these movies. Atlantis, I mean Seatopia, has decided to take revenge on the surface world for doing atomic tests. So they send their 'god' Megalon to cause destruction. It's a lot more silly than it sounds, trust me. While Zone Fighter is a second rate Ultraman, Jet Jaguar is pretty awesome. (The only Godzilla film where a robot gives a thumbs up.) Eventually Seatopia sends a message to Space Hunter Nebula M so they can borrow Gigan for a bit. (Apparently undersea people has connections with outer space.) With Megalon and Gigan ganging up on Jet Jaguar, Godzilla arrives to even the score and the stage is set for the most colorful battle in all of Godzilla history. If you're one of the people only remembering Godzilla has a hero of Japan, this is the film defining that. No longer do the people fear Godzilla, in fact, they welcome him!

First of all, there are three main characters. Goro, his kid brother Rokuro, and Hiroshi. The relationship between the two main guys is not explained. Friends? Roommates? Cousins? They never explain it. Whereas all the previous films had people living in the cities with traffic and everything, here it's like open country. Only once we're shown people, a little bit before Megalon attacks the dam. (Which was a pretty great scene.) Besides that, it's like these three guys are the last surviving members of the human race. At least they're funny to watch. (I'll take funny over boring, Heisei era.) The 'antagonist' I guess you can say is some guy that belongs in Rome. The dub's voice, you're going to die laughing at how seriously sad he sounds. In the end, he turns out to be the most laughable human antagonist in the series. With some character development, things could have been better. Then again, this guy just fits the film. He's really serious, and that's the funny part.


This is the first new Godzilla look in awhile. (The previous one lasted four films starting in DESTROY ALL MONSTERS.) Isn't he just cute? It's amazing to think how far (or behind) the series has come in terms of tone from Gojira. There Godzilla was a horror icon, people feared him, he was scary. Now here he has a Pug-like face and people cheer him on. C'mon, this is good stuff. Godzilla is acting all 70's with his gestures and boxing like moves. He's really into it, in fact, this is the first time when he starts acting all karate like. This is the heroic Godzilla a lot of people know. He's there, ready for a fight, no retreats and helps his teammates. This Godzilla has so much personality, he's just a blast to watch on screen. This is also Jet Jaguar's film. Created in a contest, the robot is pretty darn awesome. For awhile fans disliked him, but over the years he's been more liked. Who doesn't love a robot that can magically 'program himself' to increase size? Despite what you might think, Jet Jaguar (love how Hiroshi just thinks the name out of the blue) has a lot of personality. When he's getting doubled by Megalon and Gigan, que sadness from the audience. Megalon is the new monster this time around. Excellent and unique concept, a giant beetle thing with drills for hands. (Gotta love TOHO and its crazy creations.) This weakling of a monster fits right in with this era. (Really should have been him instead of Hedorah in Final Wars.) The giant cyborg chicken Gigan returns. This guy is just awesome with his 'I-enjoy-killing-you' persona. He actually threatens to Godzilla that he will chop off Jet Jaguar's head if he comes any closer! (Godzilla then just blasts him away with atomic breath, good stuff.)

The final fight is what makes the film. It actually has a lot less stock footage than I remember. The actual battle is much better choreographed than the battle in Godzilla vs. Gigan. There it felt like it dragged on too much, the fight in this film is long enough, fun enough, and awesome enough. There's just so much energy and personality in the fight! You gotta love the monster expressions, like when Megalon watches Jet Jaguar in awe as he turns monster size. My personal favorite is when Gigan and Megalon think they have Godzilla and Jet Jaguar trapped in a ring of fire, they're dancing around mocking the two heroes, then Godzilla grabs hold of Jet Jaguar and they fly out! Gigan and Megalon stop dancing and look in disbelief to see the two flying. They're like "You've got to be kidding..." Man I LOVE this stuff. The soundtrack takes some ques from Godzilla vs. Hedorah. (Yes, Godzilla's goofy theme returns.) I was not a fan of the soundtrack in Hedorah, but here it sounds good cause it fits the non-serious, slightly (let's change slightly to very much) humorous tone. (At the end you'll hear Jet Jaguar's song, it is worth the wait for its amazingly cheesy lyrics.)

Godzila vs. Megalon is the type of film hardcore critics hate. It's not the most well-made movie, with stock footage throughout and non-existent character development and a pretty poor (but funny) human antagonist. However, as a fan of the genre and one who likes a fun time with a film, I, as many others, enjoy this movie. It's just too much fun, you will be left smiling. Critically it deserves a 4/10 because of its low production values, but it gets a 7/10 from me for having personality, fun, and most of all, heart. Plus it has Godzilla defying gravity with his famous and infamous double kick. (He's Godzilla after all.)

7/10



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LoudLon - 1/11/2013, 9:56 PM
I can explain why this is my favorite Godzilla sequel with two words:

Jet Jaguar
DioFoRio - 1/11/2013, 10:08 PM
@Destroyer..Where you been on this Godzilla news man!?! You excited ?
Destroyer14 - 1/11/2013, 10:12 PM
@Dionysios Extremely excited, it's good to see it getting updates. With filming starting in two months, the updates are going to start rolling in fast.
fistofthenorthstar - 1/11/2013, 10:45 PM
one of the best Godzilla flicks of all time!
astromerc - 1/11/2013, 11:35 PM
I remember seeing this for the 1st time, I was 7yrs old and my dad let me stay up to watch the local late nite moster show on channel 4 Indiana Sammyterry . This was during the time when Shogun warriors and Godzilla toys where just hitting the toy stores, not mention the cartoon on saturday mornings. I thought this was the coolest movie I had ever seen...Okay I think I'm gonna cry.
venomous - 1/12/2013, 12:10 AM
@astromerc i feel compelled to agree with you. Ive been dipping into my childhood piece by piece and just completed several godzilla, the origional power rangers (the first 3 seasons) and the wwe top 50 finishing moves and at the end of all of them im fighting back tears. Watching that stuff from back in the day it feels like it was all just yesterday. Im gunna go have a bowl of fruity pebbles and play a game of double dragon on my sega genesis.
blackscienceman - 1/12/2013, 12:58 AM
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antisocial - 1/12/2013, 6:58 AM
Just watched the movie again after reading this. This is a classic among classics. As soon as the monster battle starts, hilarity ensues. This must have been great when I watched it when I was a kid back in the 70's. Now, it's great for a different reason. It's funny as hell. As bad as it is, you just gotta love Godzilla. Plot and scenes make no sense. Monsters acting like high school kids. It's something that will put a smile on your face because it's so unbelievable(in a monster movie sense). Yes, the Godzilla drop kicks are what other monsters aspire to.
antisocial - 1/12/2013, 7:55 AM
I forgot to say that the Jet Jaguar song at the end is like icing on the cake. They couldn't have made a worst movie. But I'd still watch it a million times just because it's Godzilla and it's funny as hell.
SpideyQuad - 1/12/2013, 8:22 AM
I saw when I was in high school in the 70s. After it was over my best friend just gave me a look like "really?"

I didn't care though, it was Godzilla, I just pitied him because he didn't understand LOL
beane2099 - 1/12/2013, 9:23 AM
How could anyone not like Godzilla vs Megalon? You've got the tail slide, a cool robot, monsters talkin' trash to each other(in monster speak anyways) and the Jet Jaguar song at the end.

On the same line, I disagree about Final Wars. That movie was awesome. It's only problem was not enough Godzilla. But the Godzilla vs Zilla fight alone makes that movie worth watching. Plus it's one of the few times that the human story wasn't completely boring. Between Don Frye and Kazuki Kitamura's performances I was entertained. I will say though, out of that particular group of movies (Millenium) Giant Monsters All Out Attack is probably my favorite. The characters in that movie were equally as compelling as the monster action.
DioFoRio - 1/12/2013, 10:11 AM
Godzilla done right with a crazy budget is long over due. Already seems like they are on the right track. I can't wait Destroyer!!
Destroyer14 - 1/12/2013, 10:34 AM
@beane2099 Oh I agree about Final Wars, I think it's awesome too. I was just saying what the majority of fans feel about that movie.
superotherside - 1/12/2013, 4:06 PM
Final Wars was fantastic. One of the best action films I've seen in a lot of ways. Although it did have some slightly strange parts... over all it was fantastic.

Great review bro.
Cerebro - 8/26/2013, 12:09 AM
Shit review. Crap job as usual.

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