Film Review: Godzilla Part 2: City on the Edge of Battle
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Film Review: Godzilla Part 2: City on the Edge of Battle

Last week, the first trailer for the upcoming Godzilla movie was released. Nora wrote about that trailer in her piece about the trailers of SDCC.
The new trailer looks very promising and I can’t wait to see the nemeses King Ghidorah, Mothra, Rodan and Godzilla battle it out on the big screen. And if Godzilla survives this onslaught, he will be back in 2020 to battle the original movie Monster: King Kong. As Charles Dance said in the trailer: Long live the King! But, 2019 is still a while away… In the meantime, you can watch old Godzilla movies, the splendid Shin Godzilla movie, the Pacific Rim movies and last but not least: the Netflix animated Godzilla trilogy. Godzilla Part 2: City on the Edge of Battle came out on May 18th. It’s the sequel to Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. I was impressed by this sequel at the end.

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Film Review: Godzilla Part 2: City on the Edge of Battle

Slight spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the first movie.

At the end of Planet of the Monsters, the combined forces under captain Haruo Sakaki were victorious and they defeated Godzilla. But his death resulted in the original Godzilla to awake. 300 meters tall and angry, he quickly disposes of the army. Last time we see Haruo Sakaki, he is cared for by an indigenous humanoid female.

Godzilla Part 2 begins when Haruo Sakaki awakens. He finds himself in a wooden hut of some sorts. He tries to open the door, scaring away the female we saw in the after credits scene. Following her, he finds some of his crew mates alive and well. They are surrounded by the strange tribe, the Houtua. Led by a pair of twins named Miana and Maina.

They take them all in, where they discover more of their comrades. One of Haruo’s friends, Galu-Gu, realizes the way to defeat the ancient Godzilla is with the weapons of the Houtua. They coated it in nanometal, a remnant of MechaGodzilla. Their next step is to find more of the nanometal and devise a new plan to destroy Godzilla.

Conclusion

Just like Planet of the Monsters, Godzilla Part 2: City on the Edge of Battle takes it’s time to get started. But when the heroes discover where the nanometal is and they make plans to defeat Godzilla, I got more and more involved. That’s when the action kicks in and sinister things happen.
What I love about the movie is that there are references to various other monsters from the Godzilla universe. It’s a nice way for fans to anticipate the next movie even more.

The animation was great, but some of the 3D animation is still not up to par. The characters get some much needed depth. The reasons why certain characters make choices and act accordingly, fleshes them out. Side characters like Metphies and Galu-Gu become essential because of what they do/say.

As with every Godzilla movie the threat of Godzilla has more screen time than the actual monster. All with all it’s a decent sequel, enough to wet your appetite for the next movie. The last part is planned in November. A great way for new viewers to get to know Godzilla and become fans.

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Article written by Tom

Tom is a 38-year-old lover of everything from the big G himself, Godzilla, to Star Trek and from playing D&D to Overwatch. Codename: Dr.BadTaste, because of a love for everything Cult, weird and bad. He founded Camp Camp with friends to celebrate this and to celebrate Bad Taste! Powers: Geek of all trades, bad puns and a certain je ne sais quoi. Weaknesses: his partner, their cat named Monster and everything to do with Pugs.

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