A rock 'n' roll Godzilla movie? Yeah, that seems to be what we have with GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2004). Director Ryûhei Kitamura was tasked with bringing his kinetic style to the Millennium series which may (or may not) have been a mistake. His love of the crazier Big G films of the 1970's certainly shines through in this entry giving the proceedings a strange throwback quality that previous movies in the series had steered clear of. The fan reaction to GFW was very split and as this was to be the last Godzilla movie - possibly ever- and also the film released in celebration of Gojira's 50th anniversary it is easy to understand how nearly nothing could have pleased everyone. Sadly, the Matrix/X-Men elements have not aged nearly as well as the bad-ass monster battles - of which there are many. I think any film that causes me to utter the phrase 'unnecessary plot clutter' clearly has its problems.
As you might expect on a film this divisive there is some disagreement between
and I on the qualities Kitamura brought to the table. If the standard split of
opinion on this one is 'fan boy vs. fan' then our discussion will mirror that
divide pretty closely. Of course, before we get to GFW we talk a bit about my
inevitable viewing of another Eli Roth disaster and Troy's recent trip into the Lon Chaney
scented Inner Sanctum. Don't ever say we aren't diverse in the horror movie
topics that get randomly discussed when we start babbling! So get off your ass
and come down here. Rock 'n' Roll ain't no riddle, man. To me it makes good,
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