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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Kid Fare!, March 10, 2003
This review is from: Rebirth of Mothra 1&2 (DVD)
Okay, so these aren't adult movies. Let's be honest - how many `adults' in the stereotypical sense will sit through a Godzilla movie. Well, I will. Why the gripe about the Rebirth Of Mothra movies being `geared towards kids?' Just because the kids are the main characters doesn't make it any less entertaining. I guess the main difference between these and the Godzilla movies is there is not a lot of collateral damage. Most of the battles take place in the wilderness away from innocent civilians, and the military never gets involved (I guess so long as the cities are left alone, the Japanese military doesn't care what the monsters do). Hence, G-rated Godzilla...very little chaos and destructiveness, but enjoyable nonetheless. If you're a godzilla fan I'm pretty confident you'll like these, and if you're not, its okay to let the kids see `em. They've got a great anti-industry pro-earth message, and fantastic, four color effects -really superior. With the kids as main characters, younger viewers won't get bored either.
REBIRTH OF MOTHRA - When my nine year old saw this he wept like the Dickens. Remember, the title IS `REBIRTH of Mothra.' But don't worry.... if Sci Fi teaches us anything its that death is never forever. Basically nasty treekillers clearing a path for progress bust open an ancient seal which unleashes Desghidorah (or Death Ghidorah), a black hydra (kind of a four legged King Ghidorah) which drinks the life out of forests. The Elias, those irrepresible Earth First faeries from Infant Island sing that kickin' Mothra song and call up earth's protector (a giant moth, for those unfamiliar with the character) to go and trump Desghidorah, who is being egged on by an evil faerie called Belvera. When the tide turns for the worse, Mothra's (son/daughter?) larva speedily cocoons itself and is born as Rainbow Mothra - a really stunning looking creature with the ability to heal the damage Desghidorah has done. The story is told from the point of view of a little boy and his sister, and if you're looking for a good all-around morality tale, SPOILER AHEAD: Desghidorah goes down, the Elias forgive Belvera, and the brother and sister (and their distant parents) all learn to love each other better.END SPOILER
REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 2: The effects in this one are stupendous (particularly Aquamothra's final attack on Dagharla), but the story is a tad weaker. In this one three kids discover a weird little alien (?) creature who leads them to a kind of Atlantean temple out in the middle of the Sea of Japan. At the same time as all this, deadly acid-spitting starfish are popping up all over thanks to Dagharla, an giant amphibious beastie again being supported by Belvera. Two teens (or twentysomethings) chase the kids, looking to exploit the little alien thing. Again, good morality tale, as everything and everybody turns out not so bad in the end (and there's no death in this one, except for SPOILER AHEAD:the noble self-sacrifice of the little alien thing at the end). END SPOILER Good for the kids, but beware that the little alien thing can produce a liquid which has the power to heal, and its delivery is a little gross...get the picture?
Overall, great stuff for the whole family, especially if the whole family likes Godzilla (like mine does). Maybe a little silly at points, but so what? If you're bothering to read this review, you will most likely enjoy it. Go ahead. Buy it, and get the kids hooked on kaiju movies. And if you're a mothra fan, you'll love it. The faeries get a great treatment, Mothra is updated and has some nifty new powers, and the Mosura song sounds cool as ever. No, its not in Japanse (it doesn't say it is anywhere on the package either), but it IS widescreen, and the sound and picture are crisp and clear.
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Posted on May 30, 2010 12:52:31 AM PDT
Cyrano says:
I don't think "thomas" actually read this review, because it's actually quite helpful and not condescending at all. The Mothra trilogy was created for a younger audience by Toho, and is intended for a different demographic than, say, Godzilla Final Wars. This isn't condescension, just a fact of the production. No one here needs to be "put in their place." We're all brothers in liking kaiju films, so why the caustic attitude?

Anyway, there's talk of Sony releasing the 90's Mothra trilogy as part of a box set sometime later this year, so potential buyers might want to wait for that. Hopefully that release will include the original language track with subtitles.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 11:24:37 PM PDT
To Erdelac, thanks for a glorious review. I am 60 and right now, after transferring my video recordings of Willow (I know that movie does not belong to the same group as Mothra or Godzilla) and The Giant Behemoth (that does), I am working on the original The Lost World and will be followed by, no kidding, Mothra. If you want other titles in my collection I could add Godzilla: King of the Monsters with Raymond Burr, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, 20 Million Miles to Earth, Rodan, Gorgo (my favorite) and the simian trio of King Kong, Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Youmg, all the original black and whites. As for Thomas, it seems you are the one on a high horse. Let others have a different opinion than you without going ballistic over it. You could still say you disagree with his and why without trying to shoot him down in the process. Part of why I had never felt the need for the remakes is because the special effects, as you pointed out, are good enough for me. When you figure their technological knowledge wasn't as advanced, nor their budgets as generous, they did an amazing job which is why these movies are being put on DVDs so those of us who watched them a long time ago can reconnect with them. Like you, I am not a big fan of Mothra as it did have a juvenile feel to it, but I thought the costuming was beautiful. Maybe I should write a review after watching it.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 11:59:23 PM PST
Guitaro says:
I don't have kids

Posted on May 9, 2012 3:13:39 PM PDT
Nycademon says:
Excellent review, thank you! I think my 7 year old son will love it (he's a huge Godzilla fan), and I suspect I will too.
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