‘Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.’ showed the franchise settling

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Directed by Masaaki Tezuka

I’m getting major Godzilla burnout after watching 27 Godzilla movies in 26 days (including one Saturday-Sunday stretch during which I watched and reviewed seven of the films). “Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.” isn’t the worst Godzilla movie, but it felt like one of the laziest. Maybe it’s just that the Millennium era tried to keep up the yearly pace set by the Showa era, but without the fresh stories to justify it (not that the Showa era was full of gems).

“Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S” is a direct sequel to “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla,” but it doesn’t add much to the story. Mothra shows up, with a warning to destroy Mechagodzilla and return the original Godzilla’s skeleton (which had been used to build the robot) back to the ocean floor. But when Godzilla makes landfall again, Mothra and Mechagodzilla team up to take Godzilla down.

Pretty soon, I’ll be done with the live-action Godzilla movies and onto the animated trilogy that released most recently. I’m excited for that change of pace. Instead of boring you with my assessment of “Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.,” I’ll simply say that while you could do worse—the second half of the Showa era was full of duds—I would not suggest watching all 33 Toho Godzilla movies in the span of a month. When you get to about this point, you’ll begin to wonder whether you should have bought the Criterion set of Godzilla Blu-rays that started you on this cinematic journey in the first place.


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