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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

So far each entry into this series has gotten better and better. The story is actually honed to a fine degree and really mixes all the monsters and pieces of the prior works together into a nice package. I’d also say that the editing is also very much improved from the first Godzilla. Honda has really matured as a director.

 This story goes off the rails right from the start with some scientists trying to contact aliens on a rooftop, an assassination plot against a princess, and a big meteor shower that deposits something clearly not good to a mountain nearby. Our princess survives the assassination attempt via alien assistance but at some point the head of the UFO society chimes in with his thoughts on how she survives. She then becomes an emissary from Venus to warn all humanity that Ghidorah is on the way to kill everyone. We also get the little six-inch woman that are Mothra’s proteges back and to further complicate things, Rodan and Godzilla are back too.

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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

 We get a little bit of Rodan followed by a little bit of Godzilla before these two connect and start fighting. Which this first fight is hilarious. At one point Godzilla breaths his dank morning breath right into Rodan’s face who then starts pecking Godzilla on the forehead. For whatever reason, this just worked. It’s like the Three Stooges grew to Kaiju size. They have personalities beyond sheer destruction. Once Mothra shows up, those personalities really start to come through.

Mothra is trying to unite these two stooges to fight against Ghidorah but they want none of that. Their throwing rocks at one another and pretty much having a cat fight with one another. Eventually, Mothra convinces them and all head out for the main battle.

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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

Comedy is still very much present in this last battle as well because Godzilla pretty much becomes the butt of the joke as Ghidorah shoots a lightning bolt on his ass. So all three monsters unite under one banner and defeat the bigger monster.

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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

 What I find interesting is that if we look at the origins of the Godzilla franchise in the H-Bomb, we find the series really trying to make a case to the Japanese people that the bomb can be defeated or even used for greater good. Maybe that is a bit reaching but watching these all together and seeing the repeated idea that Godzilla takes a greater power to defeat or that combined with other great powers he can defeat even greater enemies, it just feels like this is kind of an overall idea that the creators wanted to offer. Especially as we transition from the 50’s to 60’s and really delve into Cold War territory.

 

★★★½

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