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- Laurie Brown
There is a certain sameness to all the Toho studios monster movies - a monster is born, usually from some sort of nuclear mishap, the monster attacks Tokyo, the army throws all it's resource at it to no avail, and then some nobody civilian figures out how to stop it - and so it is with "Mothra". Having said that, there is just such a playful and enthusiastic charm to these films that never seems to get old, despite the fact there are literally dozens of them. This one is a bit reminiscent of "King Kong", as a rescue team explores a forbidden island inhabited by a mysterious tribe of natives who watch over two singing fairy women. When the fairies are captured for unscrupulous show biz purposes, the natives summon Mothra as their avenger. Unlike many of the kaiju monsters, Mothra has a bit of a benevolent mystique as opposed to Godzilla, Rodan, Ghidorah and their evil brethren, who have destroyed Tokyo so many times I don't know why they bother rebuilding it anymore. Despite the nobility of Mothra's mission, Tokyo does take a terrible hit. This movie may not be a cut above the typical Japanese monster movie, but definitely makes the usual cut. Three and a half stars. One final observation. I always prefer to watch foreign films with sub titles rather than dubbed, it's just closer to the original artistic intention. This was the first time I've watched a kaiju film with sub titles, they just always seem to be dubbed. Strangely enough, these films are more enjoyable with the dub, they're just funnier that way.
To give move information. This is the list of movies that I own that Mothra is in:Mothra - 1964 Godzilla VS the Thing - 1964 Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster - 1964 Godzilla VS the Seamonster - 1966 Destroy all Monsters - 1968 Godzilla and Mothra: the Battle for Earth - 1992 Rebirth of Mothra - 1996 Rebirth of Mothra II - 1997 Rebirth of Mothra III - 1998 Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack - 2001 and Godzilla Final Wars - 2004 I have enjoyed these movies for years and hope that you will enjoy them as well
In the listing of Mothra movies this is actually the first. It introduces the twin fairies and Mothra, in which the fairies are kidnapped and have to rescued by our hero, Mothra. I read a previous review in which the reviewer inaccurately portrayed this as being the 2nd mothra movie. That movie has the english title Godzilla vs the Thing. As an advid classic movie collector, I actually own all the mothra movies, plus all of the movies that mothra appears in. This movie is fairly typical of the monster movies that were made at toho during the heyday at that studio, for monster movies. Godzilla (Gojira) the first in a long line of monsters that were made both for the thearter and after tv for kids. One has to take respect that the majority of these were made for kids.
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While all the other Japanese monster movies have been released on DVD during the past 2 years, the original MOTHRA has been strangely neglected. A fairly silly film that introduces two catapillars silking-over Godzilla, and winning the day against that oh-so-terrible monster! Wheee - pure fun.