If Godzilla is referred to as the King Of The Monsters, Mothra is most certainly the Queen and you need to look no further than her exciting debut film for proof. Ishirō Honda’s 1961 classic, Mothra, is perhaps one of the most beautiful kaiju films in terms of elegance. While echoing the genre’s themes it atomic anxiety, the film takes a more spiritual approach to telling its tale. Inspired from myth and Yokai legends, Mothra is a creation of divinity, an powerful goddess who will fight to her last breath to protect what she loves. And it’s that which separates Mothra from other kaijus. Her intentions are never driven by vengeance or wrath, as tragic as those elements may be, but rather she rampages to save... and in this case it’s her twin guardian fairies, two miniature princesses who have been kidnapped by greedy men to be put on display as an attraction. The film balances these vile characters with good hearted leads, courageous folk who issue in Ishirō Honda’s faith in humanity, his recurring theme of hope. And that theme of hope is shown to extend itself beyond borders. Mothra is one of Honda’s most tenderly directed films. The strength and innocence of the character is captured through a sweet marriage of filmmaking, which in addition to Honda’s direction is Hajime Koizumi’s intimate cinematography, Yūji Koseki’s harrowing score, and Eiji Tsuburaya’s fluid special effects. Mothra is on the map as one of cinema’s most popular monsters and with good reason! I think she’ll be making quite the impression with her return to the screen next year in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.
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