SON OF KAIJU DAY MARATHON: Notzilla (2020)

As Japanese troops destroy two giant monsters, a young paleontologist rescues the offspring, taking it to Cincinnati, Ohio where he promptly flushes the unhatched egg down the toilet, just in time for Dr. Richard Blowheart and the scientists of SNUGI (Secret Nuclear Underground Government Installation) to blast the Ohio River with nuclear energy. That said, there are no real worries. The egg has a small creature named a Notzillasaurus Partiontilldon and as long as it doesn’t get near beer, the world will be safe.

You can figure out what happens next.

Notzilla is a goofball movie that Mitch Teemley spent decades writing and planning. I mean, the film has a kaiju with a giant zipper over his chest — it should be on his back — so obviously it’s out to have as much fun as possible.

I loved how the soldiers were all obviously toys, but this is the kind of movie that works better as a fake trailer than an actual movie. However, the idea of pouring beer on a kaiju egg to make it hatch appeals to me.

There’s room for making fun of the kaiju genre, but for some reason, I didn’t feel that this movie was laughing with the films it is trying to be, but instead at them. That doesn’t play well around here.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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