• DanStew

    ★★½ Watched by DanStew 23 Nov, 2015

    Unnecessarily convoluted first act eventually gives way to the awesome Rodans. These things are hilarious and badass. Then when the film ends you realize they were just cuckoo for cocoa puffs and fly into a volcano for no reason.

    So, your typical Kaiju film.


  • Patrick Lohmeier

    ★★★ Watched by Patrick Lohmeier 07 Nov, 2015

    Ich mag die Meganulons. Schade, dass sie so früh ins Gras beißen.


  • IncredibleJeff

    ★★★★ Watched by IncredibleJeff 10 Oct, 2015

    On the heels of Godzilla comes Rodan! The Flying Monster.A decent Kaiju film from 1956.The monster itself is really cool looking.The monster Rodan looks believable enough.There are some really effective practical effects at work here.The main story is the military and people in the town adjusting to the possibility of Rodan! attacking,and dealing with it once it comes,None of this drags the story down.This film turned out to exceed my expectations.


  • Dave Jackson

    ★★★½ Watched by Dave Jackson 21 Jul, 2015

    Whoa. Rodan is nothing like I thought it would be. I had to check the back cover a few times and then pause it to Google its production date. This film looks more like something from the mid-60s with its colour palette and effects than a film from 1956. What an enormous step up from Godzilla Raids Again! Plot-wise, it's also not what I expected. It's grim with an oddly depressing finale and brutal flashes of violence scattered throughout it.…


  • MacDara Conroy

    ★★½ Watched by MacDara Conroy 18 Jul, 2015

    Too much jibber-jabber, not enough monster action. That it's the first kaiju flick shot in Technicolor is about the best thing going for it. (Well, that and the bits that looked like direct inspiration for George Lucas when he was envisioning the X-Wing scenes in Star Wars.)


  • Bob Cashill

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Bob Cashill 04 Jul, 2015

    Wish better elements were available (the raggedy 11-year-old Classic Media DVD doesn't really cut it anymore) but this remains a colorful kaiju classic.


  • AndrewTheGreat

    ★★★ Added by AndrewTheGreat

    Got some great miniature work that's sure to please any kaiju fan.


  • Zak

    ★★★½ Watched by Zak 31 May, 2015

    The climax of Rodan has one of the all-time greatest destruction porn sequences. I love the way gigantic pieces of architecture crumple under his feet. Ishiro Honda really outdid himself with this one.
    It feels like the English language version of this one skips over a lot of story and inserts some really ham-fisted expository narration. But once this movie gets going, it's a blast. The visual compositions of Rodan are among my favorite of the early kaiju movies.


  • Lee Gaze

    ★★★★ Watched by Lee Gaze 28 May, 2015

    Never fuck with a giant Pterosaur. X 2.


  • tobe_whooper

    ★★★ Watched by tobe_whooper 25 May, 2015

    The problem I have with most monster movies of this era: when the monster is offscreen (which is usually the bulk of the film) it's just a bunch of interchangeable dudes in suits talking to each other. This one gets points for splendid miniature work and scenes of destruction.

    Cf. The Giant Claw


  • AltairIV

    ★★★ Added by AltairIV

    Honda again directs another effective "giant monster" film with a rather emotional and sad ending. Constrained as usual by Toho's small budget pictures Honda still delivers smashed cities, military mayhem, and a grand finale with a volcano, a missile assault and two lovers who can't be seperated,even by death.


  • Wooderson

    ★★★ Watched by Wooderson 07 May, 2015

    Rodan is decent, it's short and sweet. I was never a big fan of the character but Honda makes it work. For a movie from the 50s its surprisingly terrifying. The first half hour is mad creepy.