GODZILLA VS THE THING
GODZILLA VS MOTHRA; GODZILLA VS THE GIANT MOTH; MOTHRA VS GODZILLA
(Gojira Tai Mosura)
As Japanese monster films go, Godzilla vs the Thing is colourfully enjoyable. The effects and models are semi-competent, although decidedly variable at times a supposed giant glass incubator is clearly nothing more than a plastic sheet. The monster battles contain an undeniable vigour with some decent scenes during the American missile attack, Godzillas rampages through model factories and houses, and where the military employ the usual tanks, nets and electrical pylons. This reaches a height during the showdown with Mothra with Mothra whipping up a storm with its wings and dragging Godzilla around. Its a moderately entertaining monster bash, although it was with the subsequent entry Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), the best entry from this era, where the 1960s Godzilla films found their paws.
Godzilla vs the Thing is certainly one of the few Godzilla films from this era that takes itself seriously, unlike many of the entries to follow in the early 1970s. Although, there are moments here that do collapse into the unintentionally absurd the sight of Godzilla prancing around banging the larvae, which look more like turd-coloured chestnuts, on the end of his tail. As with most of Ishiro Hondas Godzilla films, the human characters are merely faces present to carry the film in between the devastation and spectacle. There are one-dimensional comic caricatures of a pompous politician and greedily self-important businessman. This is further added to by the flat dramatics of Hondas direction and the usual terrible English-language dubbing.
The script even holds the odd philosophical message with the film promoting universal brotherhood and at one point bizarrely commenting upon the decadent upper-class morality of reading newspapers. The metaphor that drove the original Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954), wherein Godzilla stood in for the wrath and devastation of the atomic bomb, has markedly changed this film is pro-US military intervention and even stands up to preach against people who hate those that dropped the Bomb. The devastated Infant Island still stands in as a Bomb metaphor the last occasion Bomb metaphors would be used in the classic Godzilla films.
In the modern era, Godzilla vs the Thing was reworked as Godzilla vs Mothra (1992). Mothra also encountered Godzilla in Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Godzilla Vs the Sea Monster (1966), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzilla vs Space Godzilla (1994), Godzilla Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001), Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003), Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and Shin Godzilla/Godzilla: Resurgence (2016).
The other Godzilla films are: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954), Gigantis the Fire Monster/Godzilla Raids Again/The Return of Godzilla (1955), King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962), Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Monster Zero/Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965), Godzilla Vs the Sea Monster/Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Son of Godzilla (1968), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzillas Revenge (1969), Godzilla vs the Smog Monster/Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971), Godzilla vs Gigan/Godzilla on Monster Island (1972), Godzilla vs Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster/Godzilla vs the Bionic Monster/Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974), Terror of Mechagodzilla/Monsters from an Unknown Planet (1976), Godzilla 1985 (1984), Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla vs Mothra (1992), Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1993), Godzilla vs Space Godzilla (1994), Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995), Godzilla 2000 (1999), Godzilla vs Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001), Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003), Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and Shin Godzilla/Godzilla: Resurgence (2016). Both Roland Emmerichs Godzilla (1998) and Gareth Edwards Godzilla (2014) are big-budget, English-language remakes.
Japanese language trailer here (no subs):-