Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956)

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters!: Directed by Ishirô Honda, Terry O. Morse. With Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kôchi, Akira Takarada. A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

“Well it literally is a different animal from Ishirō Hondau0026#39;s seminal 1954 movie about the giant atomic lizard who wakes up in a bad mood. Here the American version clips the atmosphere considerably (and the running time), craftily edits Raymond Burr into Hondau0026#39;s movie and of course removes the anti-American sentiment that once existed. Yet the film did prove to be very popular with English speaking film fans and further enhanced the growing appeal of all things Godzilla like.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAs it is itu0026#39;s a decent enough film, especially if you have never seen Hondau0026#39;s original. For sure itu0026#39;s still creaky in that u0026quot;man in rubber suitu0026quot; way, but the iconic creature is still thrilling as it goes about its merry way destroying some carefully constructed model workings. The nuclear war heedings are still there and thereu0026#39;s much fun to be had, intentional or otherwise. Its pale in comparison to the original, but itu0026#39;s not a stinker either. 6/10”


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