Franchise Weekend – Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)

Director: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kobun Shizuno

Writer: Gen Urobuchi (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Mamoru Miyano, Lucien Dogde, Kana Hanazawa, Ken’yu Horiuchi, Yuki Kaji, Kenta Miyaje

 

Plot: Humanity’s desperate battle to reclaim the Earth from Godzilla continues. The key to defeating the King of the Monsters may be Mechagodzilla, a robotic weapon thought to have been lost nearly 20,000 years ago.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Same Sequel

 

Story: Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle starts right where the last film finished, our ground teams are lost to the command ships who must make the decision to retreat to safety, Haruo is rescued by a group of surviving humans on Earth, hidden underground, where the remaining ground team including Yuko, Adam and other species must work to figure out how to escape and defeat Godzilla.

Using the knowledge of the remaining humans, Haruo leads the next battle attack on the Godzilla by searching for the long lost Mechagodzilla and with new weapons they can now stand a battle chance in battle.

 

Thoughts on Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle

 

Characters – Haruo Sakaki continues his fight against the Godzilla, he shows his leadership skills by offering the soldiers a choice, to stay or fight. He will work with the locals on Earth that no one new existed and now he can finally get his revenge. Metphies continues his shady figure based on religious beliefs from his species, he remains calm through the situations people are going through. Yuko continues to show her willingness to go onto battle proving to be a worthy warrior on the frontline. Godzilla is bigger than the humans does imagine, now the deadly side of it can come into battle.

StoryThe story picks up right where the last one finished, this helps for a sequel, the idea the humans need to prepare for a bigger battle shows us the same story unfolding, the preparation for battle before going head to head with Godzilla, it works and is all we need because constant small battles just would get boring. There are twists with the truths about the species involved fighting with the humans. The sad thing about this story is that it is too similar to the last one in every way which only disappoints on the larger scale of things.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is bigger as is Godzilla this time around, we get a lot of large scale battles being used with explosions all over. The sci-fi world still works well for this film as we see just how far the species will go to try and defeat Godzilla.

SettingsThe film keeps more of the action on the Earth, this shows the different ideas in the past used to try and stop Godzilla with the MechaGodzilla. The abandoned Earth looks wonderful and bleak just like you needed it to be.

AnimationThe animation standard is still high throughout which is what we would expect after the first one.


Scene of the Movie –
The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not enough of Godzilla.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid enough sequel that works well for a Godzilla movie and is pretty much just more of the same.

 

Overall: Solid sequel.

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Franchise Weekend – Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)

Director: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kobun Shizuno

Writer: Gen Urobuchi (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Marmoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu, Yuki Kaji, Jun’ichi Suwabe

 

Plot: Years into the future and the human race has been defeated several times by the new ruling force of the planet: “kaijus”. And the ruler of that force is Godzilla, The King of the Monsters. Humanity is in such defeat, plans to leave the planet have been made, and several people have been chosen to look at a new planet to see if it is inhabitable. Realizing it’s not, though, the human race resorts to plan B: to defeat Godzilla and take back their planet.


Tagline – Who will be ruined, Human or Godzilla.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Sci-fi Godzilla Movie

 

Story: Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters starts as we dive into the future, Godzilla has taken over the world and the human race has been driven into space, Haruo Sakaki gives us the lesson as he waits in jail after not following orders, he wants to go and fight Godzilla back on Earth, with Metphies guiding him through his choice.

Failing to find a new home, Metphies talks the higher ups to return to Earth to defeat Godzilla once and for to take back the planet with Haruo leading the charge.

 

Thoughts on Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters

 

Characters – Haruo Sakaki saw the Earth taken over by Godzilla as a young boy, he has grown up to want to defeat Godzilla learning a method that was planned before, he goes against orders to keep people alive leaving him in jail, though when they return to Earth he leads the mission against Godzila. Metphies is the religious figure on the ship, he listens to Haruo’s plan talking the commanders into returning to Earth for the battle. Yuko Tani is the young lady that has always stood by Haruo, she joins the mission on the Earth next to him. Godzilla is the king of the monster ruling Earth with a deadly method.

StoryThe story here follows the last remaining human survivors who return to Earth to fight Godzilla, who has taken over the planet. The movie takes us well into the future, the battle itself is 10,000 in the future which takes away any sort of confusion between the two different universes Godzilla is in right now. The preparation to the battle is the main focus which for the most part is good and fills the boxes you would expect to see from them, this helps show us just where the battle will take place and just what it means for the dwindling number of humans. For a Godzilla based movie this is great fun story showing us how deadly it can be.

Sci-FiThe sci-fi side of the film puts us in the future against Godzilla in a battle that puts us in the middle of a sci-fi monster movie.

SettingsThe film takes place partial in space and partial on a future Earth that has been destroyed after humans were forced to leave, the future look of the planet show how it could survive without humans being involved.

AnimationThe animation standard for this film is great quality, it plays into the modern computer version with have been used for the Resident Evil movies over the pure anime ones.


Scene of the Movie –
The battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The time jump is over dramatic.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun sci-fi movie circling around Godzilla an icon of cinema, giving the opportunity to give us a bigger story without the mindless destruction the live action films give us.

 

Overall: Great beginning to a new Godzilla saga.

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ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – G – GadgetGang in Outer Space (2017)

Director: Ale McHaddo

Writer: Ale McHaddo (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Danilo Gentili, Brian Munn, Mia Kowalski, Malsa Silva, Guilherme Briggs

 

Plot: When a spaceship crashes to Earth and reveals a group of quirky little space aliens on the run for their lives, the “GadgetGang” kids-Gus, Phoebe, Francesco, Mitsue, Mary Ann, Banana and Tank-soon discover this won’t be the boring weekend they had expected. They soon learn that in a point far from the galaxy, an evil warlord named Gana Golber has seized control of the Confederation of Planets and now all of the planets are in danger-including Earth!

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Perfect for the Younger Kids

 

Story: GadgetGang in Outer Space starts when a crew of bundling aliens cause havoc at their home planet which leads them to be set on a mission, only to crash land on Earth meeting the GadgetGang, a group of human kids that have been left in detention after destroying a science project.

Now the two groups need to work together to save the universe from an impending threat which is coming to destroy the universe as we know it.

 

Thoughts on GadgetGang in Outer Space

 

Characters – The characters work for the kids aged movie, we have the humans characters that fill the basic needs, ambitious and clumsy leader of the gang, the muscles, the beauty queen, the annoying little sister, the smart one and the wacky one, we see this in the alien characters too, everything between these characters works through the film well and you can enjoy the references to sci-fi movies the different aged characters come up with.

StoryThe story here takes humans going on a space adventure with a group of aliens that don’t fit in their world and together they must work together to save the universe. This ticks the boxes needed for a kids adventure movie and never makes the story over complicated or overly peril based, we have a large group of characters which will give them a different character to enjoy too.

Adventure/Comedy/Sci-FiThe adventure takes our characters into space which helps bring us to the sci-fi elements of the film with many different species of aliens, the comedy comes in well with most coming from references to previous sci-fi based films.

SettingsThe film does takes us to different planets which all have their own unique look about them.

AnimationThe animation does have its own look to it and seem to be the style the Brazilian’s prefer to use.


Scene of the Movie –
The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The aliens reminded me of the Animaniacs too often.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good film to put on for the kids, it will keep them entertained and you might find yourself laughing at certain jokes through the film.

 

Overall: Kids will enjoy.

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Franchise Weekend – Mulan 2 (2004)

Director: Darrell Rooney, Lynne Southerland

Writer: Michael Lucker, Chris Parker, Roger S.H Schulman (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, Mark Moseley, Lucy Liu, Harvey Fierstein, Sandra Oh

 

Plot: While preparing for their wedding, Shang and Mulan are suddenly sent off on a secret mission. Mushu starts to meddle, and a surprise attack by Mongolians doesn’t help either.


Tagline – Saving China was just The Beginning

Runtime: 1 Hour 19 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Warrior to Wedding Disappoints

 

Story: Mulan 2 starts as Mulan and Shang are planning to wed, but before they go through with the wedding the Emperor sends them on a mission to escort his daughters to Mongolia to marry to help keep the peace between the countries. Mushu on the other hand learns that he will lose his place as a guardian of Mulan if she marries, leading him to try and sabotage their engagement.

When Mulan’s previous experiences inspire one of the princess’ to follow her own heart, everything plays into Mushu plans to break the couple up, but this could bring war back to China.

 

Thoughts on Mulan 2

 

Characters – Mulan has gone from fearless warrior to bride in waiting, she does continue to show that women in Ancient China need to learn to be independent but is a shell of the person we met in the first movie. Shang is the warrior due to marry Mulan, their latest assignment causes a rift between them as he must learn that not all missions are important to complete. Mushu is the guardian about to lose his position if Mulan gets married, he sets out to sabotage their relationship.

StoryThe story here follows Mulan and Shang as they are planning for their wedding while going on a mission, if I am honest I just don’t want to talk about this story because it took a fearless warrior in Mulan into a character that just wants to prepare for her wedding. We have lost all the adventure that was in the first one to what is just a relationship drama.

Action/Comedy/FamilyThis is branded as an action movie and has one weak action scene to come, the comedy is mostly a miss but this is more family friendly over the first film.

SettingsThe film doesn’t use the settings as well, but still has good visual temples included.

AnimationThe animation look is good and is the only redeeming good part of this film.


Scene of the Movie –
Nothing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me ruining what Mulan created.

Final ThoughtsThis is a weak Disney sequel in the darker days of Disney where they just make rubbish sequels to loved games.

 

Overall: Poor sequel.

Rating

 

 

Franchise Weekend – Mulan (1998)

Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Writer: Rite Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZbnik, Raymond Singer, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer (Screenplay) Robert D San Souci (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Pat Morita, Miguel Ferrer, BD Wong

 

Plot: To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines in the process.


Tagline – This time, the princess saves the prince.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun, But Dark Adventure Film

 

Story: Mulan starts in ancient China with Shan-Yu and the invading Hun attack. Mulan is a young woman that hasn’t been following the traditions on the family, she isn’t ready to just be a bride, when her father is summoned to serve in the impending war, she wants to help, running away to fight in her father’s place. Spirit dragon Mushu is sent to be her guardian on this adventure, to return her safely, but Mulan has other plans.

Mulan sets out to join the army in her father’s place under the leadership on Captain Shang, in a hope to rebuild her family honour that she has disrespected.

 

Thoughts on Mulan

 

Characters – Mulan is a young woman, she has been raised to follow tradition, something she wants to break and taking her father’s place in the army shows the independence she wants to achieve. This is a strong anti-princess role which is something Disney broke the mould with. Mushu is the guardian dragon that needs to rescue and watch over Mulan, though he mostly just causes trouble for her. This character is here for all the laughs in the movie. Shan-Yu is the leader of the Hun that are attacking China, his armies are ruthless when it comes to battle, with him being a great and powerful warrior.

StoryThe story follows one young woman that wants to make a difference in a world where only men can become the leaders of the armies, she breaks tradition to make a difference and become great. This brings us the idea of breaking away from the tradition just because the people tell you follow that path. For Disney this movie broke their own traditions of have a princess in distress needing rescuing and now feels like the trailblazer it wanted to be.

Adventure/FamilyThe adventure side of the film does give us real peril because it takes Mulan into a war battle which has taken lives of many, this could be slightly too dark for the whole family to enjoy too.

SettingsThe film brings us to Ancient China which brings us a new animated setting for an American movie, we have the mountain range which looks beautiful and the towers that show the empires built.

AnimationThe animation is the usual top notch from Disney never looking out of place for their level of excellency


Scene of the Movie –
Mountain range attack.

That Moment That Annoyed Me For me Mushu got annoying after a while.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful animated movie that does show us the courage one woman showed to save her country against tradition.

 

Overall: Disney’s last good movie of the late 90s.

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