Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Genre: Horror
Monster
Action
Adventure
Photography: Color
Running Time: 83 Minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: March 15, 1974
Directed by: Ishiro Honda
Written by: Yukiko Takayama
Distributed by: Toho
Starring: Katsuhiko Sasaki
Tomoko Ai
Akihiko Hirata
Katsumasa Uchida
Gorō Mutsumi
Tadao Nakamaru
Toru Kawai
Previous film: Godzilla vs. Megalon
Next film: Terror of Mechagodzilla


Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, also known as Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster and Godzilla vs. the Bionic Monster. is a 1974 Japanese live-action monster movie. It's the 14th film in the Godzilla franchise, and was preceded by Godzilla vs. Megalon in 1973 and succeeded by Terror of Mechagodzilla in 1975.  

Why It Rocks

  1. This is the first movie to feature Mechagodzilla, a fan-favorite villain of the franchise, who is a robotic duplicate of Godzilla with tons of badass weapons attached to him. Many consider him to be Godzilla's second biggest-archenemy after King Ghidorah.
  2. Amazing special effects for their time.
  3. There's lots of clever foreshadowing to the ultimate reveal that the Godzilla at the beginning of the movie isn't the real Godzilla.
  4. Incredible action sequences.
  5. The best part of the movie is the final action sequence between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla.  It's intense and a lot of fun.

Bad Qualities

  1. The movie introduces a new monster called King Caesar. While his name sounds cool, he's really lazy because he only wakes up if you sing to him, and he ultimately isn't able to accomplish anything, ending up being a complete waste.
  2. Not only that, but the song is incredibly annoying and it goes on for way too long.

 

Reception

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla has a 67% critic rating and a 61% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.3/5 on Letterboxd, and a 6.4/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB).   

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