Godzilla 1985 (1985)

“Godzilla 1985” is the first Godzilla movie I ever saw so I have some good memories of watching it on TV as a child over and over, but as an adult… oof, it hurts to say but it’s a bit of a turkey. Most of the movie’s footage actually comes from 1984’s “The Return of Godzilla,” a Japanese sequel to 1954’s “Gojira” that’s dubbed in English with American footage added rather unartfully to the proceedings: Raymond J. Burr reprises his role from the similarly-edited “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” but his role is relegated to mostly standing around and praising Godzilla, so he doesn’t exactly add much other than a direct connection to the American version of the original movie. By the time Godzilla destroys Tokyo you’ve kind of zoned out and the rampage itself isn’t really enough to reel you back in, although there’s an admittedly poignant and unexpectedly emotionally resonant climax that ends the movie on a powerful, melancholic note. But yeah, overall it’s a bit on the ‘meh’ side.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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