With the highly anticipated reboot film, simply titled Godzilla, scheduled for a mid-2014 release, I can't help but reignite my Godzilla fandom. I enjoyed watching Godzilla during my childhood and teen years, but it's been many years since I've last seen anything. I feel now is a good time to revisit this long running and historic movie franchise, with a wiser and fresher set of eyes.
So from now until the reboot 2014 film hits theaters, my mission is to watch every single Godzilla movie, starting with the very first 1954 debut film and working all the way up to Final Wars (2004). With this feature article series, titled Gojira Gaiden (i.e. Godzilla Origin), I will write about each and every one of these films in the original canon as I watch them... and hell I will even revisit the terrible 1998 American film while I'm at it.
I read somewhere once that a lobster is theoretically immortal and that it can continue to grow for as long as it is alive, we just haven't seen an exemplar of this yet because they usually end up on a plate drenched in butter. Honestly, I think lobsters are overrated, just buy a bag of prawns and you'll get the same enjoyment. Seriously.
Ebirah is a lobster who had ample time to grow into a hulking and towering behemoth of a creature. He serves as the main monster antagonist in Godzilla vs. Ebirah, with Godzilla serving as the hero of the day along with a nice heroic cameo appearance by Mothra. The even bigger evil is this military Neo-Nazi cult organization that is kidnapping and enslaving peaceful islanders, and putting them through laborious work. World domination, illicit weapons, and slavery... yup, these guys are pure evil.
It's actually one of the more enjoyable movies in the Godzilla series, the battle between Ebirah and Godzilla is an all-out brawl and pretty fun to watch. The plot devices involving the evil military group are predictable but quite entertaining, and the cast of reluctant circumstantial heroes makes it an interesting watch. We also get to see Godzilla's romantic side as he finds himself temporarily distracted and enchanted by the beauty and charms of a female human. That's right, some serious Beauty and the Beast action going on here.
It's a fun watch, it has a lot of fun hooks and characters that all come together quite nicely. Ebirah's presence is memorable, but takes a backseat to the shenanigans of the evil militants.