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Godzilla Final WarsGodzilla Final Wars on DVD

Godzilla has a had spotty career over the past 50 years, but the big critter’s movies have usually been entertaining at the very least. And while we couldn’t find much to like about the Americanized Roland Emmerich/Dean Devlin version, our last experience (Godzilla 2000) was highly enjoyable.

Then there’s Godzilla Final Wars.

The best thing about this supposedly 50th anniversary feature is that we get to see more than just Tokyo laid waste by the monsters – and isn’t such destruction why we watch Godzilla movies? - we get to see other locations dumped upon as well.

The problem here is that the film doesn’t seem to have a focus, to know what it wants to be. It’s part Godzilla film, part martial arts epic, part alien invasion flick, etc. etc. And in the process it fails at being any of these genres, ending up instead as a mishmash.

But it looks and sounds great!

Nearly every major and minor classic Godzilla enemy puts in an appearance in this film, though not usually for very long. In fact, Godzilla himself isn’t in most of the movie! Mostly, it’s the alien invasion plotline – which admittedly has its good points but which certainly contributes to keeping the Big Critter off the screen (and isn’t that why we’re watching?).

Things start off promisingly enough, with Godzilla on hand, but nearly right off the bat he gets buried in Antarctica, as it turns out being held in reserve by the producers so they can bring him back as humanity's last weapon to help beat off the alien invasion. When Godzilla is finally back in the saddle, he quickly takes out every enemy in the film in short and sometimes cheesy (in the best tradition) order – but there’s so little of it!

To make a long review short, and save you time you could be spending looking up other Godzilla movies to watch, this movie is interesting to see if you’re a Godzilla fan, but it comes off as overly pretentious when a Godzilla movie should be merely fun. Instead, we get rip-off stuff from the Matrix trilogy, Independence Day (which may be appropriate considering the ID4 guys’ Godzilla), Aliens, X-Men, Star Wars, etc.

The movie’s pacing is bad and it almost seems as if some scenes were just thrown together – kind of like the script! Alas, unlike some Japanese monster movies, this one doesn’t even qualify as one of those “it’s so bad it’s good" entries.

And if you’re going to put together a 50th anniversary homage to the big lizard, don’t you think he should be in the movie a little more than he is?

Still, the DVD is well done, though sparse. The picture is featured in anamorphic widescreen, 16x9 TV compatible, and in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. Audio and video are first rate, far better than the movie deserves.

The only extra is a “Godzilla: B-roll to Film” featurette where you can see the man in the Gozilla suit being shot on a soundstage. Gee, and we had thought Godzilla was real!

Godzilla – Final Wars, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
125 min, anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1, 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Mashiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, Don Frye, Akira Takarada
Produced by Shogo Tomiyama
Written by Wataru Mimura and Isao Kiriyama, directed by Ryuhei Kitamura


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Updated May 13, 2006