Another Saturday means another Saturday Double Feature!
Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
One of the big surprises of the 2013 movie year was Pacific Rim. I know, the movie took a lot of heat for being basically a mindless cgi fest. And at the same time it also got smacked for being overly complicated. But in my mind it was really entertaining because it delivered exactly what it promised: giant robots beating up on giant critters. For an afternoon’s entertainment, there’s very little this old-school monster movie lover needs than that.
Now we get the sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising., and I’m hopeful that it’s simply going to be more of the same. Yes, I suppose I should want more – should want the movie to go deeper, should want there to be questions answered, should want there to be more depth, more…
But the truth is, all I’m really looking for is more big robots beating on big critters. As long as the movie delivers that, the 10 year old boy in me will be quite happy. And sometimes it’s just all about pleasing him.
So for today’s double feature it seems appropriate to go back to when that 10 year old first developed that love for this kind of movie. back to the days when Japan was the biggest and best source of these type of giant monster throw downs.
Back to the time when the king of the monsters, yes, I’m talking Godzilla – the original big G – faced off against a mechanical version of himself.
Yep, I’m talking 1974’s Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla. As it should be, the plot is fairly simple. Aliens have come to Earth and made a mechanical reproduction of the giant lizard in order to conquer the world. It’s not long, of course, before the real thing takes affront at being usurped and, along with the aid of newcomer King Caesar confronts the giant robot.
Instead of a trailer, here’s a clip of the climactic fight.
So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Pacific Rim: Uprising? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!