"'Maybe it's nature's way of telling us...' *BLURGH* Shut up, Ray!"
Back in the 50's, the huge Japanese hit Gojira was released for an American audience under the name Godzilla. In order to make the film palatable for Americans (who surely don't really need such mollycoddling), Raymond Burr was edited into the film as an American newsman in a few tacked on scenes designed to give the film star-power.Decades later, for some reason the producers of Godzilla 1985 decided to bring Burr back for another outing, and the results are as ordinary as in the first effort.
So far as Godzilla movies go, this is fairly tame fare. No sign of Gamera or Mothra or Mechzilla or any of the other monsters that have tested themsleves on Godzilla over the last forty years. All we have is Godzilla, and experimental jet and a couple of moronic US jarheads.
Burr serves no other purpose than lecture us on being a big bad world hellbent on messing with nature, the effects are as staged and cheap as ever, the story is a study in lameness, the acting stony.
Usually Godzilla films run this path of mediocrity yet still manage to make you smile, if not feel sorry for the beast who is wrongly feared by man. In this story, the entire thing seems just an excuse to kill Godzilla off. He's just a clumsy oaf who's rampaging through Tokyo for no reason, being chased by clueless army folks.
It seems the Asian cut of this film has no sign of Raymond Burr, not to mention the Dr Pepper product placement overkill, so perhaps it's wise to track that version down as neither have any real reason to be in this film.Like it's recent redeux, Godzilla 1985 is a total and utter waste of time, even on video. A pointless exercise that will leave you worse off for having seen it.