A hatching surprise...
Ishirō Honda, who gave us kaijus like Godzilla and Rodan, returns with a new creation: a giant moth. While the main subplot is that of a gangster film, this truly belongs to the worlds of fantasy and adventure. Although the commentary on apocalyptic war is strong, this one is more cheerful than the earlier horror-oriented kaiju films and more family-friendly.
Mothra is first introduced as a threat, but, thanks to an imaginative script with grey moral zones, the tables turn and it eventually earns our sympathy. We are encouraged, then, to antagonize a bunch of capitalists and the army, rather. Politics aside, the Honda collection is gradually toning down its grimness and shaping into something out of a child's dream.
The color keying sometimes suffers technologically but the rest of the effects holds up. The miniature work is impressive; even more when subject to destruction! Simply described, Mothra is a cute version of its darker kaiju cousin that appeals to a softer audience. The monster does create urban mayhem, but only as collateral damage necessitated by a humble mission.