GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973) Reviews and overview

 

Godzilla vs. Megalon is a 1973 Japanese kaiju film depicting a battle of the titular monsters plus Gigan and mecha character Jet Jaguar.  It is the thirteenth film in the Godzilla franchise.

Directed by Jun Fukuda from a screenplay co-written with Shinichi Sekizawa, it was produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano.

The Toho Studios production stars Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi, and Robert Dunham.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It’s so cheap and shoddy that Godzilla on Monster Island looks positively epic in comparison, so silly and illogical that it makes one appreciate the insightful characterization and tight plotting of Frankenstein Conquers the World, so juvenile as to make Gamera vs. Guiron feel like a model of maturity. Yet despite all that, none of Fukuda’s Godzilla films save Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster even approach Godzilla vs. Megalon for sheer entertainment value.” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting

“Silly effects and recycled footage abound, coupled with some seriously nutty monster battles — the highlight of which comes when the Green One executes a massive drop-kick on Megalon.” AllMovie

“The editing is a bit sloppy, the plot is needlessly convoluted, the pacing bogs down among the main trio and the Seatopian agents going after them, the tight budget is apparent, and everything feels quick, slapdash.” Allusions of Grandeur

Godzilla vs. Megalon isn’t deep, but director Jun Fukuda keeps a steady beat, presenting a ride of zoom-happy cinematography and funky miniature work, while a jazzy/electro score works overtime to keep the movie on the move. It’s competently made, attempting to secure a little intrigue before the inevitable battle royal begins.” Blu-ray.com

” ….it remains one of Toho’s most threadbare entries in the series; the script is one of those where most of what happens because that’s what happens in other movies of the series, and several of the action sequences (the fight with the military, the fight with the planes, and the destruction of the city) are made up primarily of footage from other films.” Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings

Godzilla vs. Megalon completes the canonization of Godzilla… It’s been a remarkable transformation of character – the dragon has become St. George… It’s wildly preposterous, imaginative and funny (often intentionally). It demonstrates the rewards of friendship, between humans as well as monsters, and it is gentle.” Vincent Canby, The New York Times, July 12, 1976

“Some poorly inserted footage from previous Godzilla movies hurts the flow of the action sequences–which also have to deal with the problem of new monster Megalon, who looks real dumb–but Fukuda keeps it moving […] Megalon is a lot of dumb fun. Thoughtfully constructed dumb fun.” The Stop Button

Original title:

ゴジラ対メガロ
Gojira tai Megaro

Theatrical release:

Godzilla vs. Megalon was released theatrically in Japan on March 17, 1973. It received a theatrical release by Cinema Shares in the United States on May 9, 1976.

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