Godzilla: The Planet Eater is the final entry in the Godzilla anime trilogy. In this installment, with everyone losing hope in defeating the King of the Monsters, they turn to god for answers. The god of course being, King Ghidorah.
I will post my reviews from Instagram onto WordPress eventually in the future. But I said in my post that I thought the previous two entries were average, those opinions have changed because the best way to describe this whole trilogy is either bad, sub-par, or very underwhelming.
Where I do begin, well for starters this movie is just plain boring. Most of this comes from the fact that a large majority of the film consists of scenes of mostly talking. The first half of this movie consists of the characters talking to each other and it is just not interesting or engaging. It would be nice if there was some action to break up the talking, but there isn’t. Godzilla gets only two scenes during the first half, but it only depicts him sleeping and restoring his health from the second movie. Now I’m not a person who just wants to see monster action, I want to see the human subplots, if they are made interesting that is. But this movie and the rest of the trilogy, fall flat in this.
The dialogue in this is terrible. There are certain scenes in this that make it seem like the characters are repeating themselves or detailing everything that is happening in front of them. When Ghidorah first enters the scene and wraps around the space ship, the people are detailing everything like the engine is damaged or the power is running low. Another example is when Godzilla and Ghidorah are “fighting” for the first time. Thus the two scientists who are observing this are repeating themselves on how they can’t detect Ghidorah on their scanners or how Ghidorah’s presence doesn’t abide to the dimensional plane. “Show, don’t tell,” this movie doesn’t need to explain every detail happening. It needs to let the atmosphere and environment tell the story in certain portions rather than a lot of the bland dialogue take over.
The characters throughout this trilogy are not interesting in the slightest. Especially the main protagonist of Haruo who started off as whiny and annoying, towards the end of this movie, into a dead-beat dad who likes to bang tribe girls. Granted the two tribe girls, Maina and Miana, was a notch more interesting than Yukio. But that is not saying much. Yukio, Haruo’s love interest, was completely wasted in this movie. She is in the movie in a coma, contributing nothing but sleeping. There was no reason for her to be a part of this. Except maybe for the emotionless suicide that she is sadly dragged into by the Haruo in the end.
Metphies, the main alien baddie, controls Ghidorah with an amulet and Haruo hates him for what he is doing, fair enough. Then why does Haruo feel sorry for Metphies at the end when Ghidorah is defeated? Metphies was destroying the world with Ghidorah and Haruo is crying. Haruo’s bad characterization continues when one of the tribe girls gets captured by Metphies. Haruo runs up to the top of a mountain where Metphies and the girl are at, to which Haruo doesn’t acknowledge the girl’s existence. He was solely focused on Metphies. There is no reason for the girl to be captured in the first place, especially if Haruo doesn’t have the nerve to check on her or to see that she’s alright.
The monsters in this are severely underused in the movie, both Godzilla and Ghidorah are not interesting characters. Godzilla, much like with the previous installment, sits out the majority of the film until the climax. Ghidorah is a bit interesting in terms of what he is and what he is capable of. There is just no personality for him here. He is a monster from another dimension who’s body doesn’t apply to the laws of physics in Godzilla’s dimension. He is a being of pure energy and Godzilla couldn’t physically touch him. His entrance, coming out of the black holes, was kind of cool. But the end result of their first encounter with one another was a fight that was barely a fight.
Ghidorah bites Godzilla, lifts him up from the ground, the amulet controlling Ghidorah is destroyed, and Godzilla gets the upper-hand at stopping Ghidorah. Ghidorah being this invincible at the start and losing his grand power due to an amulet being destroyed, was garbage. The balance of his power and Godzilla’s needed to be handled better. The role reversals of invincibility were ridiculous. This made the fight seem unfair for both sides and it wasn’t even. No stakes were put for the underdog Godzilla.
The emotions in this movie were not there. When the main ship was being attacked by Ghidorah, I didn’t care. When the aliens were taking over the ship near the beginning, I didn’t care. There was no emotional resonance, as the film felt like it was dragging, especially in the first half.
During the lame monster fight, Haruo is going through an out of body experience. It is this experience that he is being talked to by Metphies for how civilizations create their own destruction or monsters. It is a never ending cycle that keeps going. Which granted is an interesting theme, but it has been done before with way better execution. GOJIRA!
Mothra’s shadow is in the movie, for 30 seconds, enough said.
A terrible movie and a super lackluster ending to a very underwhelming trilogy. Like I mentioned, I will upload my revised opinions for the previous two entries sometime in the future. But I got to say, this whole trilogy had potential, but it was severely wasted. It had some good ideas/concepts, but the execution though was not there. If animation companies are going to do more Godzilla animated/anime projects, it needs to be handled with care and respect.