SPOILER WARNING: This blog contains a few spoilers (not too many, though) for those who have not seen some of these films.
Greetings everyone. Today's the day. I have hyped this heavily for days now, and here it is. Usually, I try to stay as on-topic with this wiki as I can on my blogs while also doing my own thing, but this is the one blog where I am going to veer off-course, and here's why. Godzilla is getting a brand-new video game for the Playstation 4 in 3 days, so I'm doing something special to celebrate. We all have a franchise we are highly passionate about. For me, it's Godzilla. He is my favorite fictional character of all time, and there's a reason why I call myself Disney Wikia's Resident Godzilla fan. So, in honor of the game's release, I'm going to be doing my Top 5 favorite Godzilla movies. This list will be in no specific order, I will just be listing the Godzilla movies I consider, in my opinion, the best.
Usually, I don't really like the films from the late 60's to early 70's because that when the series started getting too veered towards kids, but this is an exception on that catalogue. Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla. This movie is awesome. For a number of reasons. It introduced one of my favorite Godzilla monsters, MechaGodzilla. He first shows up disguised as the G-Man going on a rampage through Japan, where eventually fights Anguirus and breaks his jaw King Kong style before finally going up against Godzilla himself, where his true form is revealed. And it is awesome. I mean, he's got every kind of weapon you can imagine. He has laser eyes, belly button lasers, missiles pretty much everywhere on his body, you name it. So, overall, Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla really gets my seal of approval.
You can't beat the original. This was the first Godzilla movie ever made, and it was a pioneer in the monster movie genre. Now, of course, there were giant monsters before Godzilla, such as King Kong, who attacked New York in the 1930's and in the 1920's an Apatosaurus tore up London in the 1920's The Lost World. But Godzilla was the first giant monster to be so incredibly big. He was also one of the first to take the concept of giant monsters super seriously. Because, this movies does take itself REALLY seriously, as it was made to be a comment on how destructive on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were. They didn't treat this like any old monster movie. They treated like as if it was an actual event, much like we would with the Boxing Day Tsunami or Hurricane Katrina. Then, this movie was edited and released here in the states as Godzilla, King of the Monsters! And it added American footage with famous 1950's actor Raymond Burr. So, Gojira is an absolute classic that is, in my opinion, on par with the likes of Jaws and King Kong.
Yes, folks, it's perfectly OK to cry in a Godzilla movie, because you likely will after watching this particular film. Godzilla vs Destoroyah is a great movie, and actually quite a tear-jerker too. Mainly because of the ending, which is extremely tragic and sad. I don't cry a lot in films, but this was one of the few I came really close at, alongside Inside Out and Night at the Museum 3. Because, here, Godzilla is dying due his own nuclear heart going through a meltdown, and when he finally does end up dying, it's really sad actually. They don't treat it like it's a good thing. It's considered incredibly tragic. But, aside from that, it also has some great action scenes and a really cool monsters in Destoroyah. So, overall, Godzilla vs Destoroyah is a fantastic film, IMO.
Yes folks, I'm ACTUALLY adding an American Godzilla movie on this list. Crazy, isn't it? This is to date, the second Godzilla film to be made outside of Japan, and it is a blast. Now, this movie does have a lot of divisive opinions, making it pretty much 2014's Man of Steel. Because both the general public and fans of the character were divided over what they thought. I personally really enjoyed it. People complained that Godzilla wasn't in the movie that much, but I was alright with it. Because this was done that way the movie can build suspense, much like Jurassic Park and Jaws did. And when they finally do give you what you want in giant monster fights, it's an incredible sight to behold, as Godzilla and his enemies the MUTOs fight in the middle of San Francisco. Big G has never looked so real in any Godzilla film ever. So, yeah, Godzilla 2014, really gets my seal of approval. People hated the last American remake from 1998, and Toho (the company that owns Godzilla) officially and legally re-named that version to "Zilla" because they felt it took the "God" out of Godzilla, and I can't say I disagree. But, with Godzilla 2014, they remembered to put it back in.
So, what to say about Godzilla 2000? Well, me personally, it's a really enjoyable film. It has some great and exciting monster brawls, and I love the monster rival in this called Orga. It's funny because Orga actually takes on several different forms. One moment he's a giant rock floating around, next he's some giant squid thing, and finally he ends up becoming a deformed Godzilla clone who wants to become pure Godzilla by eating the real deal. Also, a common stereotype is that Godzilla is green, when he's actually charcoal grey. In this film, he actually is green. Ironic, isn't it? Another cool thing about this is that Godzilla isn't just attacking random buildings left and right like while wading through the city he usually does. Here, he's has specific targets in mind: our energy sources, such as power plants and what-not to try and get Japan off the grid (I forget why specifically he wants to do this, but it's cool still) So, Godzilla 2000, has enough good stuff in here to make it into this list. And that's my top 5 favorite Godzilla movies. I hope to put some honorable mentions in the comments below. Do you agree with this list? If not, what Godzilla movies would you add?