Godilla vs Mothra (The Battle For Earth) - 1992 Jul 15, 2012 22:09:05 GMT -5
Post by spykid on Jul 15, 2012 22:09:05 GMT -5
This movie may be a redo of the original Godzilla vs Mothra made in 1964, but it has its differences. The differences make this movie even better, well I think it does. Those differences are that Mothra doesn't die, they add another monster, Battra, and there was only one larvae. Of course one of the monsters does die, it's Battra. Now this is one of my favorite Godzilla movies. I would personally place this at number 5 or 4 I can't decide right now.
One other difference between this Godzilla vs Mothra and the one from the 1960's is the heavy influence of the Indiana Jones movies. Early in the movie one of the characters (Takuya) goes on an Indiana Jones like crusade in an old temple, only to have it self-destruct around him. Scenes ripped off from both Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Raiders of the Lost Ark can be found here. While the scene stealing is obvious, it is fairly well played and doesn't hurt the movie at all. In fact, it may actually make it more exciting.
The monsters in this movie are: Godzilla, Mothra, and Battra. This is my list of favorite monsters from this movie: 3: Battra, 2: Godzilla, and 1: Mothra. Now I know I did it differently in my last review of Godzilla vs Gigan, but Mothra wasn't in it and she's my favorite Godzilla character. I know a lot of people don't like Mothra all that much, but I do.
I do like Battra and I think that he should have been in more movies. Now like Mothra, Battra had two stages, larvae and adult. As a larvae, Battra, had two powers, purple eye beams, and red lightning bolts that came from the horn on his head. When he became an adult he had two powers as well, but one of them was different, he could send shocks through his legs to whatever he was touching, as you probably guessed his purple eye beams were the same. So that's what I thought of the monster, Battra.
Godzilla is one of my favorite monsters, but Mothra I think is just better. In this movie, Godzilla, was woken up by an asteroid that hit the bottom of a trench were Godzilla was sleeping. This may not seem fair, but he had to fight two monsters on his own, but if it had been just, Mothra, Godzilla would have won, and that would have made it too much like the original. Something cool about this movie that happened with both Godzilla and Battra is that they both fell into an underwater volcano, and they both survived.
I know I put Godzilla first in my other review, but Mothra is my all time favorite monster. In this movie I thought she had a great costume, although I like the one from Rebirth of Mothra better, yes there is a difference look at the costumes more closely. Usually when you see Mothra you think just about a giant moth or butterfly with no powers, but in this movie she did have powers. As an adult she had antenna rays and she could use her scales and send shocks. Of course as a larva she had the usual power of spaying webs.
So one of the fight scenes that happened was entirely in water no one was on land. Now, of course it was the smallest fight because it was the first. So here's what happened, Godzilla came out of the water and Takuya let the egg lose (Takuya, Masako, and Kengi went to Infant Island to look around and found Mothra's egg and with The Cosmos permission they were taking the egg to Tokyo) so it wouldn't hold them back. Mothra hatched and battled Godzilla for a short while. Of course Battra came in and pushed Mothra out of the way (Mothra and Battra were not yet friends) so he could fight Godzilla. That is when they get in the underwater volcano. Mothra was smart and swam back to Infant Island. Mothra and Battra were larvae.
The second fight was also the last fight, although you probably knew that. In the middle of the fight is when Mothra and Battra became friends and defeated Godzilla. Mothra and Battra were adults. At the end of the fight is when Battra dies. Mothra and Battra knock Godzilla over and pick him up. Battra picks him up near his head and Godzilla starts to bite Battra's neck and he starts to bleed. Of course Mothra picks up his tail and when there over the ocean Battra dies from the loss of blood. Mothra drops them both into the ocean and Mothra flies around in a circle and The Mothra Symbol appears.
In the begging of the movie a man steals an ancient artifact and gets caught and gets throne in jail. Two men and his ex-wife, Masako, come to him (his name is Takuya) after a couple of years offering him a chance to be free, but he refuses. He finally accepts. Then he gets partnered up with Masako and Kengi to go explore Infant Island, and I already told you what happened.
Overall I think this is an awesome movie and it's totally worth seeing. Unless you aren't a fan of Mothra, but if you are then you should see it as soon as possible. I honestly think that this is better than the original Godzilla vs Mothra.
While the DVD is a good value (two movies for the price of one, also featuring Godzilla vs King Ghidorah), it is a disappointing release anyway. Why? It is in full frame (pan and scan) instead of the proper widescreen. Almost half of the picture is lost. The picture quality is fairly good, but missing out on the widescreen is disappointing. Still, the movies are good enough to make it worth buying - but still a little disappointing.
I would rate the movie 85 out of 100.