Well I was quick to watch this one today.
Gotta love that poster, so what’s the premise?
Mothra Leo has fully accepted his role as guardian of the Earth, and has spent the past year practicing his powers, as well as flying along side the wildlife and nature of the planet, be it on land or sea. These carefree days of peace, however, quickly come to an end when strange star-fish like monsters arise from the depths of the ocean, and begin to attack anything that dares approach them, drenching the seas with poison. These creatures are born from Dagahra, a violent sea dragon created by an ancient civilization to be rid of pollution, only to turn on it’s creators and wipe them out one by one. Mothra must be called into battle once again in order for the planet to survive, but will Leo’s power alone be enough to defeat this malevolent force?
So what did I think?
According to the fans, Rebirth of Mothra 2is widely considered to be one of the worst sequels and worst kaiju films in history, even more so then Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla.What do I think? Like the first Rebirth of Mothra,I thought this one wasn’t as bad as everyone says it is, but much like SpaceGodzillait didn’t impress me too much. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things I liked that I thought improved from the first one, but there are also a lot of things that made me go ‘WTF?’ and simply ‘Why?’
Let’s start with the good stuff, the three main characters, all different kids ( No one comes back from the first one. ), were well developed as characters and didn’t annoy me at all, unlike the little girl from the first one, heck, even the Elias’ ( fairies. ) demented sister, Belvera, develops a little more at one point. The emotion from the first film is still there, and I love the undersea themes of the movie, mainly because the ocean has always fascinated me since I was a kid.
Lastly, the soundtrack was amazing. It didn’t blow me away as much as the first one did, but still pretty damn good.
Now for the bad stuff.
The special effects weren’t that great here. There are plenty of moments where it looks amazing, don’t get me wrong, but there’s more then one moment where you can see the strings attached to the puppets, and the CGI and green screen effects look more fit for a video game. ( Or a SyFy channel movie. )
The childish element is also expanded in this movie. Most of the adult characters are either completely clueless or downright greedy/unlikable, in fact there are two thieves in the movie that constantly chase the kids down in this film, which makes me slap my forehead and groan.
Plus there’s this little creature called Gorgo, which looks like a weird hybrid of a creepy old man, a ferbee, and a cat. Now it has it’s cute moments, but it also has it’s really strange ones too. ( It’s pee has healing powers, enough said. ) In fact there are a lot of strange moments in this movie, which is saying a lot.
Those are the things I didn’t like about the film, it’s time to move on onto the stars.
I think it’s safe to say Mothra Leo is the Godzilla of this trilogy, aka he is badass in this one, even though he still looks fake/too fluffy, even the wings look a little cheap. He even gains a few new forms, through events you will see in the movie, the first being Rainbow Mothra which you see in the picture above you, and the second being Aqua Mothra…
…Which is honestly one of the greatest designs for a kaiju I’ve ever seen.
While not as terrifying or epic as Desghidorah, Dagahra still makes for one kickass monster. On land, he’s vulnerable to Leo’s power, but underwater he’s king. He beats the living hell out of Leo more then once, which makes me wonder if he’s even more powerful then Desghidorah. He may not be my favorite kaiju, but it doesn’t change the fact he’s awesome, you could say he’s the SpaceGodzilla of this movie.
Overall, Rebirth of Mothra 2: The Undersea Battleis not as bad as everyone says, but it’s not as good as the first one either. Still enjoyed it more then Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla, though.