Godzilla and giant monster movies are some of my favourite things to watch. I already wrote about Shin Godzilla, one of the best new Godzilla movies. But when I heard the news there would be an animated special on Netflix, I got excited. On 17th of January, Godzilla Planet of the Monsters came online. It’s the first part of a trilogy and it’s part of the movie franchise. It’s the 32nd one and one of the 30 made by Toho. On Friday I sat down and watched it, here is my review.
No hope for mankind
In the late 20th century giant monsters started appearing and wreaking havoc all over the planet. Eventually Godzilla appeared and he started destroying humans and monsters alike. In the midst of all destruction two alien races appear: the Exif and the Bilusaludo. The former attempting to convert mankind to their religion, the latter trying to emigrate to Earth with promises of defeating Godzilla with Mecha Godzilla if they accept. They fail in activating Mecha Godzilla and everyone is forced to flee together.
What remains of the two alien races and mankind are trapped on a spaceship trying to find a new planet. A renegade Captain Haruo Sakaki revolts against a decision to awnd out the elderly on a shuttle. When in prison with the help of an Exif priest Metphies he publishes an anonymous paper on how to defeat Godzilla. With little hope left, they turn around and try to take Earth back from Godzilla after this pamphlet gets hold of the survivors.
It took me a while, but when the action picked up, I really got into this movie. The animation is fairly good and the story is not perfect but what it does, it does well. And that’s setting up what kind of force of nature Godzilla is. The human characters are a bit flat, but as the movie progresses, I got more invested in them. The 3D animation is not as good as it should be, but it gets the job done. There are two more movies coming out in this trilogy and I am looking forward to them.
It’s hard for new fans to get into Godzilla, there are 32 movies spanning more than 60 years. Where to start? This movie is an excellent starting point as it it’s a fresh take and gives a good idea of the franchise. For long time fans there are easter eggs to find in the begin credits of different Kaiju.
I hope you enjoyed my review and give this movie a shot if you are looking for something different!