Godzilla Vs. Megalon (Japan 1973)

Rating: *
Review Date: 7/13/02

Another desperate environmental plea to stop the madness before we kill each other off. Nuclear weapons testing has angered the underwater civilization of Seatopia, and they decide to retaliate by sending Megalon to destroy Tokyo. Fortunately, Godzilla is now the friend of Mankind and comes to Tokyo's aid. This film also introduces the creepy robot Jet Jaguar, and the film is really all about him. Godzilla doesn't even show up until an hour into the film, and then it becomes a tag team wrestling event between Godzilla, Jet Jaguar (who can conveniently make himself monster sized), Megalon, and Gigan. Monster movies don't get much worse than this, as Jet and Godzilla shake hands and Godzilla finishes off Megalon with a gravity-defying flying maneuver. Utterly embarrassing and extremely juvenile. Even the traditional Godzilla theme has been replaced with whimsical carnival music. The film also borrows almost all of its destruction footage from previous Godzilla films, as well as Gigan combat footage versus a decidedly different looking Godzilla. Better avoid this one.