The Terror of Mechagodzilla

In the past year, I’ve been watching the old Toho Godzilla kaiju “monster” movies with the kiddies. This weekend, we watched the 1975 Toho film Terror of Mechagodzilla. It’s a direct sequel to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Am I crazy to watch Godzilla films with the kids? No, I don’t think so. I believe that being a good father involves sharing the silly stuff along with important life lessons. I have a lot of nostalgia for the monster and kung-fu movies that I grew up watching on Saturday afternoons. While my wife beats a hasty retreat 100% of the time, the kids are thankfully enjoying them.

I won’t go into the plot, since it’s rather overly complicated, and a bit silly. To summarize, malevolent aliens come to Earth to retrieve & repair the giant Mechagodzilla robot, tag-team it with the fictional aquatic Titanosaurus, destroy Japan, and subsequently take over the world. Cue the evil maniacal villainous laughter. Don’t worry — even though Godzilla gets roundly beaten in his first bout against both monsters, the humans find a weapon to even the battle, allowing Godzilla to overcome the insurmountable odds, and ultimately save the day.

The Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

The Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

As a 36-year old man, I must admit the film’s plot and acting were horrendous. The pacing was slow, the plot was overly complicated, the aliens were silly, and I thought the actual monster battles were a tad dull. Still, the kids had a good time overall, but I had to fast-forward the slow parts of the film. I did enjoy the dated 70’s fashion — that was mildly amusing.

Next up? Godzilla vs. Megalon. And I think that’ll be it for a while.

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