Movie Name: Godzilla vs Mothra vs Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.


This movie picks up where Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla III left off, with a badly damaged Mechagodzilla being repaired after its unsuccessful climactic battle with Godzilla. While the repairs are underway, an old man and his grandson are on vacation near Infant Island. The doctor, as it turns out, is the one who originally discovered Mothra waaaaay back in the 1961 film, "Mothra," and the twin Mothra faries appear to give him an important warning about Mechagodzilla. Mothra is apparently very upset that the Japanese government used some of Godzilla's bones to make Mechagodzilla, and if the government doesn't return the bones back to the ocean where they belong, Mothra may not only refuse to fight against Godzilla but might even go so far as to attack Japan herself.

Well, the doctor and his grandson bring the twin fairies to Tokyo to try and convince the government to dismantle Mechagodzilla and return Godzilla's bones to the ocean. Not surprisingly, they don't take him up on his suggestion.

Eventually, Godzilla shows up again and attacks Japan. The doctor's grandson is able to summon Mothra, who makes a valiant effort to ward off Godzilla. Just as Mothra is about to be defeated, though, Mechagodzilla's repairs are completed and it is sent into action to fight alongside Mothra. Mothra's threats about attacking Japan if Godzilla's bones weren't returned to the ocean were apparently just an empty bluff, since the two fight side by side against Godzilla. As is always the case when Mothra is involved, she manages to get killed pretty easily, but her larva show show up to help wrap Godzilla up in cocoon webbing just in time, and Mechagodzilla is then able to carry Godzilla out over the ocean and drop him into a deep trench. But, since Mechagodzilla is still genetically and mentally linked to Godzilla, he joins Godzilla in his watery grave. The end.

To be honest, I don't have a whole lot to say about this film. I love Godzilla movies, and I hope they keep making them forever, but the whole time I was watching this movie I kept thinking, "Haven't I seen this before?" I mean, the special effects were well done, the acting and dialog were on par with any Godzilla movie, but in terms of plot I think they've just gone to the same well too many times. Mechagodzilla is certainly a great monster, but he's been used just way too often. And how many times do we need to see the Mothra larvae save the day by cocooning Godzilla with their webbing? The whole movie just suffers from a huge case of "Been there, Done that."

I guess if The previous movie and this one are the first Godzilla movies you've ever seen, then you'll probably think they rock. But if, like me, you've seen every other Godzilla film known to man, well, you might just be a wee bit disappointed....

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