Godzilla’s Revenge (also called All Monsters Attack in Japanese) is a 1969 Tokusatsu Kaiju film directed by Ishiro Honda, and released by Toho. The movie is about a young boy who is struggling with bullying problems, and has imaginations of meeting Godzilla’s son; Minya (or Minilla depending on the translation) in which Gabara is also present, and causes havoc towards Godzilla’s son. There is a whole lot more than what I just mentioned, but I prefer not to say as this is indeed going to be a very long review, and I have other things I want to say about Godzilla’s Revenge.
Now before anyone asks me, I am 100% fully aware that I’m reviewing a 1960s movie in 2019. But since Godzilla: King of The Monsters comes out in the USA next month (May 31st, 2019 to be specific), I feel that it is best to fully express my honest opinions towards the critically panned entry in the Godzilla franchise known famously as Godzilla’s Revenge. As a quick disclaimer, this movie review will NOT have any impact on my interest in Godzilla: King of The Monsters in the slightest.
To get this out of the way, while I can fully understand why so many fans of the Godzilla series hate this movie as I do in fact agree that it isn’t a good movie whatsover at all, I really don’t think the film is truly awful as I have seen other movies in general that are actually way worse than Godzilla’s Revenge. So for this review, I want to go into elaborative detail as to what I liked, and didn’t like about Godzilla’s Revenge. In no way am I defending this film as even though I’m a hardcore Godzilla fan myself, I personally believe this movie is very flawed, but I don’t have any true hatred for it as like I stated, there are other bad movies I’ve seen that are much more awful.
In order to bring up the positives for the start of this review, the movie is very ambitious regarding it’s message of why bullying is bad and how to stand up to it in the same way that Martin Scorsese’s Silence had a strong and powerful message about religion and faith, and how Dragon Ball Super: Broly was truly about teaming up and working together to overcome a major problem. The effects for the most part are actually pretty good as well considering the film’s low budget (at least I believe it’s low budget to my best of knowledge), and the final battle between Godzilla, Minya, and Gabara was also a pretty cool scene. The Japanese acting is also solid, and way better than the English Dub version of this movie.
With the positives mentioned, it’s now time for me to talk about the negatives as there is actually a lot that really do hurt the overall quality of this film, and why I see the reasons for so many other Godzilla fans truly hating on this movie. The most obvious is the blatant and overuse of stock footage seen throughout Godzilla’s Revenge as when Minya is showing the little boy Godzilla fighting other giant monsters, the scenes are clearly re-used footage from past Godzilla movies (the most notable are scenes from Son of Godzilla, and Ebirah: Horror of the Deep). For a major studio such as Toho to do something cheap like this is really confusing, and makes you question the reality of this movie’s making. Another major negative in Godzilla’s Revenge is that the anti-bullying message isn’t executed very well at all, and I wish more time was given to edit and revise the script so that the message can be shown in the movie much better as I do give credit for the movie in trying to include it, but again, I just felt it was handled poorly (which is really unfortunate if you ask me). The film’s soundtrack was truly forgettable, and while that may sound biased considering the fact that the legendary Akira Ifukube wasn’t involved with his film whatsoever, I just really felt that the music and score for this movie could’ve at least been better.
So in the end, I can agree to an extant with a majority of the Godzilla fan community as to why Godzilla’s Revenge is a terrible movie, but at the same time, I can’t bring myself to fully hate on this movie as it did try to show children a good message (even though it wasn’t handled very well), and while it is a “kids movie”, that really doesn’t make it an awful film as even though I am 22 years old at the time of me writing this review, I still enjoy watching Children’s Films like Kubo and the Two Strings, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Monster’s Inc, Ghost in the Shell from 1995, The Shape of Water, and the Deadpool movies starring Ryan Reynolds. So overall, I’m not someone to fully hate on Godzilla’s Revenge as even though I can see a lot of it’s flaws, it isn’t one of the worse movies I’ve ever seen.
I give Godzilla’s Revenge… 1 out of 5 Stars and Two Thumbs Down. Happy April Fool’s day of 2019 everybody!