Toho Animation and Polygon Pictures team-up with directors Kōbun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita for Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, a new science fiction version which returns the infamous kaiju to his villainous roots. This review is based on the English dub.
In an alternate history taking place at the end of the 20th century, humanity comes under attack from the monster Godzilla. Aliens species come to Earth to give aid if humanity allies them to settle. However, before they can activate the great weapon Mechagodzilla, the original Godzilla attacks, forcing humanity to retreat into outer space.
Twenty years later, Captain Haruo Sakaki (Chris Niosi) is arrested after trying to prevent a colonization mission that costs the lives of the participants, including his grandfather. While imprisoned, he makes a plan on how to kill Godzilla.
Humanity’s government, the Central Committee, under the advice of alien priest Metphies (Lucien Dodge) decide to return to Earth in order to take the planet back from the monster and put Haruo’s plan into action. After emerging from Warp Speed, they soon find a very different planet where Godzilla has become much more dangerous 20,000 years in the future.
There are two flaws with this film. First of all, Godzilla only appears briefly in the beginning of the film and does not appear until the very end. The second is, I am not a huge fan of the artwork. It is that awkward in-between traditional animation and CGI. As I was watching, I could not help, but think, “Just pick an art style.”
That being said, I did enjoy this film a great deal. Released on Netflix in the United States, I find that Toho Animation, which also produces the anime My Hero Academia, has a very talented batch of writers and creators.
They successfully brought Godzilla to his villainous roots as I said above. While I prefer the anti-hero version demonstrated by the Shōwa period, I found this film entertaining and highly imaginative.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Godzilla is not invincible. It’s humanity’s fault for giving up on the fight.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, foul language
Check out the English trailer below:
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