Synopsis: The fire-breathing dinosaur Godzilla and giant ape King Kong destroy Japan in anticipation of an ultimate monster showdown.
Who’s in it? The movie stars Mie Hama, Tadao Takashima, Harry Holcombe and Byron Morrow.
Review: My oldest daughter saw “King Kong Vs Godzilla” in my collection of old VHS tapes and wanted to watch the movie with me. And, finally, we ended up doing just that over this past weekend. It had been a while since I actually watched this particular movie (I own the American version of it) and, as a result, I really couldn’t remember much about it. As it turns out, it wasn’t anywhere near as good as I thought it was.
The biggest problem with this movie is, much like with “Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman” and similar films, is the title tends to be a bit misleading because the monsters, in actuality, share very little screen time together. There’s a small skirmish between the two creatures about midway through the film and a short final battle toward the end. The rest of the movie is mostly the Japanese military trying to stop Godzilla with the occasional appearance by King Kong and, surprisingly, it was kind of dull as a result.
I also wasn’t a huge fan of the whole King Kong gets stronger when he’s around electricity subplot, mostly because there was no real logic to it. It might have helped if there was some sort of back story that explained exactly why that was the case. But, even then, it kind of cheapens the monster battle because it makes it look as though King Kong needs outside help to win, making him a lesser opponent. And, this is not the type of movie that works with an underdog.
Final Opinion: The movie, from the title at least, sounds like an excellent monster slugfest. Unfortunately, it doesn’t live up to expectations.
My Grade: D