Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

1956

Action / Horror / Sci-Fi

21
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 6409

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James Hong as Ogata / Serizawa
Paul Frees as Unidentified Character
Takashi Shimura as Dr. Yamane
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1hr 20 min
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Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 3 / 10

How to Destroy a Japanese Masterpiece

"Godzilla, King of the Monsters!" is the ridiculous Americanized version of the Japanese "Gojira" (1954) that destroys the Japanese masterpiece. The insertion of Raymond Burr´s character Steve Martin is a bad joke and the Japanese characters speaking in English is unbearably stupid. Do not waste your time trying to watch this garbage, prefer the original "Gojira". My vote is three.

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Reviewed by Platypuschow 3 / 10

Godzilla, King of the Monsters!: Really!?

My understanding of Godzilla, King of the Monsters! was that it was the USA's first outing with the titular monster. I was kind of mistaken.

You see Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is not an original US made movie. Now we all know the US have a long history of making inferior versions of foreign films but here is something else entirely.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is merely a compressed version of the original Japanese Godzilla (1954). No I mean literally, it IS the Japanese movie but with a few additional scenes added.

These scenes star Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) as a reporter who has travelled to Japan to get the story of this giant monster.

So 90% of the movie is just the original Japanese one and 10% is American footage. And this was released as a US Godzilla film!? What an absolute crock!

I simply couldn't believe what I was watching. It's fairly interesting how they managed to integrate Burr into the movie, but this simply isn't a new film. It's like watching a directors cut with a few additional scenes!

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is one of those movies that simply should never have existed.

The Good:

Raymond Burr

The Bad:

The whole fact it exists is a bit of a joke

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

I'm very glad this trend of ripping entire movies and modifying them didn't catch on

Perry Mason walking just doesn't sit right with me

Reviewed by jmillerdp 5 / 10

Japanese Version Far Superior!

Having not seen all the "Godzilla" movies, I don't know if this is the best one. But, I'm guessing that it does have the best story and characters. There are two versions of this: The original Japanese version ("Gojira"), and the "Americanized" version, where Raymond Burr is inserted into the story, and other cuts are made.

I've seen both versions (available from Criterion, by the way). As you'd expect, the original version is better. In this case, however, the Japanese version (which has a separate IMDb page), is far superior. This is because we get to know the characters much better. There is a lot more human emotion in the original. Also, the cutaways to Raymond Burr (shot separately, two years later in the U.S.) don't distract from the story. The cuts from the original are critical, since they are about the characters.

A thematic difference is that there is the angle of Godzilla being the product of American Hydrogen Bomb testing. Definitely guessing that Americans didn't want to hear that part, which is why those comments are deleted from the Americanized version.

Of course, the 1950's American monster movies blame their monsters on radioactivity, so in that way, there isn't too much of a difference!

The original version also has a bit more Godzilla smashy-smashy action! If you are in a hurry to see it, you are in for a wait. 'Zilla doesn't show up (except for a quick head shot) until about the 42-minute mark in both versions.

I definitely recommend the Japanese version. Yes, there are subtitles, but it's worth it! The American version runs 1:20 and the Japanese version runs 1:36.

Japanese version: ******* (7 Out of 10 Stars) / American version: ***** (5 Out of 10 Stars)

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