A couple of years ago, I was more then excited at the idea of these films. This came off from a strong, positive feeling from a personal marathon of all the Godzilla films and the 2014 Godzilla Film. I know that there were animated television versions that I somewhat enjoyed, but this movie trilogy felt ambitious and different. It wasn’t set in current times like most of them are. Instead, these films were set when humans had space capabilities and wanted to take back the Earth from the monsters on it. In concept, everything about these films felt so unique and interesting from standard Godzilla films. Too bad that in the end, these films left so much to be desired.
Before I jump into the Godzilla films individually, let’s talk about all the complaints I have about all of them in one spot. For one thing, the visuals for all of the films are pretty horrible. I mean, the cg is absolutely horrendous for the most part. While the technology in general looks alright, all of the humans look horrible and hard to separate from each other because their designs and costumes are virtually the same with little differences and Godzilla looks horrible. If you can’t get Godzilla right, then what is the point of these films?
Do you know what is worst then that? There are no characters in this show. The only one who has any definable traits is the protagonist and his shtick is being angry and wanting revenge against Godzilla. That’s it. Haruou is just lame copy of the Eren Yeager. Nobody else matters because they can only be defined as monster and Godzilla chow.
Movie 1 – Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
This is what can be considered the backstory and plot set up movie. So huge surprise, Godzilla shows up and destroys everything. Usual Godzilla stuff, but aliens show up to supposedly live on Earth in the middle of when Godzilla is attacking and everyone leaves the earth on ships. After the remainder of humanity left Earth and traveled through space for twenty years, a report on how to defeat Godzilla appears. The report spreads all around the ship, gets people interested, and causes a controversy. Since everyone left Earth and hasn’t found any habitable planets, a consensus was eventually reached to Jump back to Earth, and so they did. Except, the jump was flawed and the Earth aged 20,000 years. Yeah, it’s always a warp jump or a faulty transporter that causes a problem in science fiction it seems.
Here is what I think this film was trying to do. The first thing is obvious, setting up how horrible and inhabitable the Earth is to modern humans. The other is to show off the strength of the unyielding human spirit. Despite how many times the human plan went wrong, everyone kept going. They changed their plans in order to adapt to their current situation. In the end, mankind’s will won sort of. Except when the real Godzilla showed up to wreck havoc. Then they ran. I couldn’t imagine watching this subbed, because it’s way too dialogue heavy with bad visuals. It’s also hard to display humanities will to adapt when there are no actually human characters. This was a mediocre set up movie that did it’s job of explaining everything that was going on to the most minimal level possible.
Movie 2 – Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle
The second Netflix film is arguably better. The character problem was still there, but this film did some interesting twists on Godzilla’s lore. Since the human will broke last movie, now it came to the aliens that relied on technology, the . Enter Mecha Godzilla city. Since the machine monster failed last time and was made out of living metal, Mecha Godzilla kept growing until it became an awesome city. Then began the plans to take Godzilla through the use of this city and nanometal itself. Just to let you know, the nano metal is toxic. Also, native humans who lived on this planet for 20,000 years from the remnants of humanity that were left behind. They can be considered the Mothra natives considering that they are lead by telepathic twin women.
With these focuses in mind, the theme of the over use and reliance of technology is put into play alongside is winning when you lose everything truly winning? So yes, this movie is functional and it’s alright. If you are going to watch a film from this trilogy, this second one is what I recommend. While there are still no characters to speak of besides Mr. Angry, it’s a lot more visually interesting, thematically interesting, and the action is pretty great. Especially with flyin machines now. Also, this movie played interesting things with Godzilla film lore and that’s always interesting to look at and consider. Just don’t expect Godzilla to be defeated, because there is a third film to talk about.
Movie 3 – Godzilla: The Planet Eater
If the last film’s focus was on technology, then The Planet Eater’s focus is on religion. Last’s films technology lead the human ground team with technology after nano technology, our angry protagonist has been turned into a religious icon for some reason. Next up is the religious aliens focus that revolve around prayer and sacrifices to bring up Ghidorah to fight Godzilla. Now this meant people sacrificed themselves and the entire Planet Earth in order to defeat Godzilla once and for all. OF course, the episode was focused on Godzilla losing for a while and getting humanity to stop this obsessive destruction.
I’m sorry everyone, I’ve been thinking of some positive things to say about this film, but I just don’t have any. For one thing, King Ghidorah, a three headed space dragon, has been reduced to three dragon heads appearing out of three different portals. The action wasn’t even existent because it was just Godzilla getting bitten by three dragon heads while technobable is being explained to us by people looking at screens. Lastly, the religious allegory was so up it’s head that it hurts. I just can’t find anything redeemable about Godzilla: The Planet Eater. Don’t want this film. I did and I am still paying for it. The quality increase I thought was happening didn’t pan out at all.
So in the end, this project fell flat. For all the potential and interesting ideas that came from these Godzilla films, not much was fully realized. I will admit that Godzilla films never have a well developed cast of characters in them usually, but at least they felt like people. They weren’t just characters that were copy and pasted from the same character model. I can’t say that this project was a total loss, because of the themes of technology, human will, and religion that were thrown into it and some of that was explored. Still, I can’t say that these were films were anything but a disappointment to me.