Godzilla as a franchise is one which is moving all the time in 1968 Destroy All Monsters has eclectic array of kaiju some starred in stand alone movies while others started off in the Godzilla franchise.
The plot mixes elements of science fiction, fantasy, mild horror and of course monster action – it has a perfect mix of nostalgia and with the vivid colours, costumes and practical effects you get a sense of hyper- reality with its bold colour palette and bright lighting and colour tone.
The monsters are kept on Monster Island (this movie is set the future) this includes Godzilla, Rodan, Anguirus, Minilla, Kumonga, Mothra (larvae form), Gorosaurus, Manda & Varan. Which are controlled and monitored by a scientific team underneath Monster Island. The mystery is it is sabotaged and the organisation (United Nations Science Committee) has to find out who and what is controlling the monsters who in term attacking different parts of the planet.
The plot works at steady pace with a decent sense of flow towards the end of the movie the direction is well-paced with sense of togetherness when all the monsters commute to Mt. Fuji for the final confrontation.
Personally this is Toho’s finest hour the monster’s are all well detailed and are seen in all their glory with a fine mix of suit acting and wire work for some of the monsters as well as all their signature roars and sounds it lends to the feeling of “togetherness” and also is a firm reflection of the different direction the moves were going at this point in time.
There is a firm mixture of miniature, optical, bluescreen, split screen etc. I viewed this movie HD which was from the Blu-ray release so it was 1080p Progressive Scan. The detail that is brought through is amazing the colours the detail of the suits and the well constructed miniatures it was a treat to see. The audio was crisp, well balanced and had lots of depth.
Destroy All Monsters is a fun, well-paced movies with well balanced mix of genres and a steady plot and some truly stellar special effects work from the Toho team this is the ninth movie in the series and it feels fresh and vibrant much like the use of widescreen, the lighting and crayon like colour pallette at time gives it an animated feel.
Paul Isaacs 2015