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My Year with Godzilla
BONUS: 'Gamera the Brave' [2006]
Is Godzilla in it? No. Godzilla connection: Daiei's answer to Godzilla
Sub or Dub? Sub

Japan is free of monsters. It's been 33 years since Gamera blew himself up to destroy three Gyaos, and the government has decided to pull the plug on the Giant Monster Force. Bad timing, considering that ships are mysteriously disappearing in the Pacific. Meanwhile, a young boy, grieving the death of his mother in a car accident, befriends a baby turtle he names Toto. The turtle begins to grow at an alarming rate and exhibits magical powers. Is Toto really a new Gamera and, if so, can he defeat Zedus, the ship-destroying kaiju?

This 2006 reboot of the Gamera franchise is a gentler entry, following the Heisei trilogy of the late 90s. It's not as cheesy as the 60s/70s originals but is still mostly a kids film. Although the kaiju effects are very good - Zedus especially - the film is more about how a young boy learns to deal with grief with the help of his new turtle friend. In that sense, it reminded me of 'The Water Horse' which dealt with similar themes the following year. Ryo Tomioka is excellent as Toru, the young boy, and ably supports the whole film in a role that is never mawkish.

There are some impressive suits here, though Gamera is too 'cutesy' and never looks like he's a credible match for Zedus. The animatronics are also strong and CGI appears to have been used sparingly, which is just as well as it's not so great. The battle, when it comes, works well, and the maxim that Gamera is a friend to all children is flipped; here, it seems that all children are a friend to Gamera. There are a couple of brief blood-thirsty moments that might prove too strong for small children, but otherwise it's not a bad way to spend some time with your family.
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My Year with Godzilla - by Garp - 11-09-2018, 03:44 PM
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RE: My Year with Godzilla - by Omaru1982 - 11-19-2018, 07:22 PM
RE: My Year with Godzilla - by Garp - 12-17-2018, 09:25 AM
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RE: My Year with Godzilla - by Garp - 12-17-2018, 03:41 PM
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RE: My Year with Godzilla - by Garp - 01-01-2019, 08:53 PM
RE: My Year with Godzilla - by Garp - 01-03-2019, 01:20 PM
RE: My Year with Godzilla - by The Scribbling Man - 03-29-2019, 06:52 AM
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