Original Release: June 29th, 2018
It’s time for the first truly childish Godzilla film. Is that bad? Not really. That won’t be a problem until Godzilla’s Revenge.
Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster is the first movie that is made for children in mind. The suits are far more humanoid than before (not completely human obviously, but they’re postures are much more human) and the tone is far more light-hearted than the original or Godzilla VS Mothra. Plus… comedy. There’s a fair amount of comedy, such as the tiny Mothra Twins (the little elf human whatever they are ladies) calling out Godzilla for his language.
This is also the first film in which Godzilla actually teams up with other monsters in order to defeat another monster. Here, he makes allies with one of the Mothra hatchlings and Rodan, who has never been in the franchise before up to this point.
Plus, as the name implies, this film features the first appearance of Godzilla’s most powerful and iconic enemy…
Fun fact, Ghidora is my father’s favorite monster in the Godzilla franchise. I find it hard to fault him in that regard: Ghidora is pretty rad.
This three headed golden dragon is after my heart by design alone, but then we get everything else. His cry, unlike the rough earsplitting cry of Godzilla, is very elegant and kind of soft on the ears. Plus, his ability to fly and breath lightning out of three separate heads makes him a powerful foe worthy of being the rival to the King of the Monsters.
He’s also a very intimidating figure. Up until this point, Godzilla was the most powerful monster in the series. He was often the one that had to be ganged up on in order to be defeated, such as when the Mothra hatch-lings defeated him in the last film.
Then comes Ghidorah, who is so overwhelmingly powerful that Godzilla needed to team up with Mothra and Rodan (who will soon become more iconic for these films than he was in his own, much like Mothra was) in order to even stand a chance.
Granted, Ghidorah becomes a much less intimidating figure later, but in the now he was pretty awesome. He seemed to be unstoppable, which made it all the more satisfying when he was finally defeated.
This film, much like Godzilla VS Kong, is also being remade by Legendary Studios. The sequel to their 2014 Godzilla film, to be titled King of the Monsters, will feature Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah all plus the new American Godzilla.
They’re remaking all my favorites except for Godzilla VS Mothra. That’s both immensely satisfying and infuriating at the same time.
That’s really all there is to this film. It was the first in which Godzilla was acting the hero, the first in which he had to team up and the first to feature his long-standing rival Ghidorah. It earns it’s place as one of the best Godzilla films, due partially to it’s importance as well as it’s quality.
You should know what I’m about to say by now: go watch this movie. If you haven’t, go find a copy. It’s well worth your time.