Daikaijû Gamera

Also Called

Gammera the Invincible

Giant Monster Gamera

Gamera

Date:
1965
Stars:
Eiji Funakosi

Harumi Kiritachi

Yoshiro Uchida
Writer:
Nisan Takahasi
Director:
Noriaki Yuasa
WRC Score:
1.5/4
Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
September 14, 2009

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Daikaijû Gamera (also known as Gammera the Invincible and Giant Monster Gamera ) tells the story of a giant monster turtle trying to make his way in the modern age.  This involves smashing down buildings and generally making a pest of himself.  Just like any monster would, when you think about it.

Of the Giant Monster set, only Gamera rivals Godzilla in terms of popularity.  This is no doubt due to it’s slouching over into kiddie territory almost from the get go.  That he is a rather unique looking creature didn’t hurt, either.

The trouble is that this flick is little more than a bad Godzilla clone (.5 points).  Too many plot contrivances happen for it own good.  The worst of which happen during the climax, though Gamera’s “final’ fate might be worth seeing just for the sheer mind blowing ludicrousness of it all.

Now as a rule, I’m the perfect audience for this type of flick.  From childhood on this have been one of my favorite subgenres.  And Gamera rated high back then.  Neck and neck with Godzilla.

With this film, though, I’m at a loss.  I don’t hate it–don’t get me wrong–but I don’t like it, either (1 point).  I can’t get my groove on with it.  I can’t flip that little switch in my head and just believe the way I can sometimes do with the older Godzilla films.  Sad to have lost that with such an old friend, but what can you do?

In the end, if you have nothing better to watch, this isn’t bad time killer. If, however, you can watch any Godzilla film, or, better still, the remake series starting with Gamera daikaijû kuchu kessen/Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, do that instead.

Overall Score: 1.5 total points out of a possible 4

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