BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM

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another cool one from mondo posters

 

Between the unmitigated piece of shit that is Batman v Superman and the merely bad Batman: The Killing Joke it seems 2016 hasn’t been a good year for Batman (though i have no idea what’s going on in the comic book world). So i attempted to rekindle my Batromance by watching one of my favorite Batmovies.

As a side note it is an absolute travesty that Mask of the Phantasm isn’t as well known as even Tim Burton’s Batmovies, and i hope in the coming years more and more people will watch this movie and give it the credit it deserves.

So i’ll do my part with it here:

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GODZILLA TOKYO SOS

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I feel kinda bad for talking so lowly of Godzilla 2014, after all it’s not Big G’s fault that the producers weren’t interested in him enough to make the movie about him. So lets put that behind us, lets look at at a good Godzilla movie, and there’s plenty to be found. Also if 2014 gets people interested enough to watch some of his older movies who normally wouldn’t be interested then i say amen to that.

 

THE STORY

In this follow up to Godzilla against Mechagodzilla Big G comes back to Tokyo for some payback, and he’s using a big spade to dig the hole …. …. ….

 

THE GOOD

THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

None of this bullshit 7 minutes of screen time for Big G to stomp around, no uninteresting side shows, and none of this making the guy on the poster a supporting character crap. Godzilla makes his big appearance 1/2 hour into the movie and the destruction doesn’t stop for almost an hour. Big G is on screen for close to half of that, and in that we get explosions and kaiju action galore.

A welcome addition to Mecha G and Godzilla throwing down has Mothra and her children aiding the Japanese military in dealing with the chaos. Particularly interesting is how it shares continuity with her original appearance 1961’s Mothra and piques my interest in wanting to watch her own trilogy.

While the obligatory human characters are present and can be a chore to sit through, thankfully the various subplots are sidelined almost completely the moment Godzilla makes land fall. They also have the benefit of having their motivations connected directly to the problem at hand. The subplot of the Grandpa and Grandchild calling up Mothra to help isn’t given more screen time than it needs and directly affects the larger action, as does the Mecha G’s conflicted mechanic’s actions (as he goes out to repair the damaged robot).

The SFX are comprised of some cheesy CGI and even cheesier men in rubber suits stomping around cardboard buildings. While this might not be acceptable for some, i personally find it truer to the character and tone of the franchise. What really stands out here are the explosions, some of which are really quite large and glorious. Add to this the best Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, and Mothra costumes and effects and you got a recipe for greatness.

 

THE BAD

I will admit that i was a bit disappointed that they replaced Akane Yashiro with a douchier pilot for Mecha G. I actually found her involvement in the previous film to give it a lot of heart, and its a shame that her character wasn’t involved more in this production (which is a bizarre choice actually).

The only other thing i can mention is that the cheesy nature of the movie might not sit well with some audiences who are looking for something similar to Godzilla 2014‘s serious tone. I myself don’t have this issue, but it must be said that these types of movies aren’t going to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

 

THE UGLY

Godzilla Tokyo SOS delivers the goods. Its got destruction and giant monsters fighting each other galore, and is head and shoulders better than either of the American productions that Big G has received. So pick it up as well as it’s predecessor Godzilla against Mechagodzilla to see what i think a great Godzilla movie should be.

 

4 starsOUT OF FIVE