Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Godzilla 1985 (1984)

...aka: Godzilla: The Legend Is Reborn
...aka: Gojira
...aka: Return of Godzilla, The

Directed by:
Koji Hashimoto
R.J. Kizer

Well-publicized update (coming at the 40th anniversary of the fire-breathing lizard) has Godzilla awakened by nuclear submarines and descending on/demolishing Tokyo in typical fashion. Raymond Burr (in footage added by the American producers) returns as the only American to witness Godzilla's original stampede of destruction. Burr was also in the 1956 American release of GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS. A new updated Godzilla series was made in Japan starting in 1989, and we finally got our own fully American version in 1998, which was pretty awful. This failed outing (which was a deserving box office flop) has the usual bad dubbing and cheesy effects, but completely lacks the campy charm of the original series.

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