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The Video Vacuum

MOTHRA (1962) ***

Mothra is a cool monster because it goes through a metamorphosis throughout the picture. It starts off as an egg, then it hatches and a giant worm hops out. This thing goes swimming around the ocean, knocking over boats until it reaches Tokyo. There, it wreaks more havoc until it turns itself into a cocoon. Then, an enormous fuzzy moth monster emerges and when it flies, the force from its wings causes cars to fly through the air and buildings to topple. Mothra also has two tiny twin princesses he protects. These girls are as cute as a button too, even if they do have a tendency to sing some annoying songs that are guaranteed to make your eardrums split.

The movie surrounding the monster itself isn’t quite as cool, sadly. It’s awfully talky, especially in the early going. The human villain is bland as all get-out. His main crime is stomping all over an ancient civilization and exploiting the princesses for his own financial gain. (He puts them in their own Vegas-style stage show.) Did his actions really necessitate the city of Tokyo getting smashed up, causing untold millions in property damage, not to mention loss of innocent lives? You see what I’m getting at here is that this is one of those thought-provoking types of monster flicks. They just don’t make them like they used to, folks.

Besides, let’s get real here. We don’t judge a monster movie on its human characters. We judge it on its monster mashing. The monster mashing scenes in Mothra, while they are rather similar to the ones found in Rodan, are really entertaining. I’ll admit, they sort of run out of stuff for Mothra to do by the end of the film, but that doesn’t necessarily hurt it. I mean the only way they could’ve improved on the formula is by having him (or her, it’s hard to tell) fight another giant monster. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long until we got Godzilla vs. Mothra, which was even more entertaining.

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