As a kid I loved Godzilla, and I am thoroughly enjoying introducing my daughter to the creatures now that I am an adult (so to speak). Apart from the first Godzilla movie from 1954, I find the rest of the series far too hokey to watch anymore. That is why I was pleasantly surprised to discover this gem among the Godzilla catalog. It took them 50 years, but they finally got it right! This movie picks up 50 years after the first movie. In this tale, none of the other hokey movies of the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's movies have taken place. Godzilla has been asleep for 50 years but is reawakened at a time when Japan is no longer acknowledging their role in the global conflicts of the previous century. The spirits of the dead have reanimated Godzilla and they have come to venge themselves on the uncaring population of Japan.
Who can stop it? An ancient spirit is awakened in Japan. He contacts a news reporter to try and get her to warn the Japanese people that they have to change their ways. He also asks her aid in awakening the Guardian Monsters, Baragon, Mothra, and Ghidorah, to protect the land from the rampage of Godzilla.
The result? An all out monster attack featuring monster fights, jet planes, missiles, rockets, battleships, and a daring hero in a small one man sub.
The characters are reasonably well developed--considering this is a monster movie. The story is solid and exciting. My daughter loves this movie, not just because her favourite monster, King Ghidorah, is in it, but because one of the two heroes of the movie is a young, gutsy woman who overcomes fear to do something that she believes in. Her father, too, the other hero of the film, overcomes fear, and is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the land that he loves.