The Drudgeon reviews Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah

Godzilla Vs. Destoroyahaka Gojira Vs. Desutoroiâ (Original Title)
104 min., 1995
Written by Kazuki Ohmori
Directed by Takao Okawara
Language: Japanese
My rating: ★★★★

Godzilla has come to an end!

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Godzilla appears from the sea and starts to go crazy.  The difference is he is glowing from his heart (and other parts) and everyone is wondering what is going on.  While everyone is trying to figure out what’s going on with Godzilla, it is discovered that the effects of the Oxygen Destroyer from years back has had some adverse effects.  A bunch of little “creatures” appear and start to destroy fish in the same manner as the Oxygen Destroyer.  After a bit more time, it is realized that Godzilla’s atomic heart is melting down and unless something is done he will explode and destroy the Earth.  With Godzilla Junior missing, Birth Island destroyed, Godzilla about to explode and these strange creatures appearing, what is in store for the Earth?

The effects are so much better in this movie than the last.  Don’t get me wrong; you will see some wires here and there, but nothing like SpaceGodzilla.  All the forms of Destoroyah are superb, being both menacing and cool at the same time.  Then when all the middle Destoroyah’s form together and create the big bad ass that is the final form of Destoroyah you really wonder if Godzilla can stand up to it.  Then come the fights.  Awesome!  Just awesome!  Godzilla and Destoroyah going at it is one of the best monster fights in history.  A little before that when Godzilla Junior fights Destoroyah and he ends up killing Godzilla Junior, that just adds to the fire that the fans are feeling when Godzilla shows up.

So this movie has a very different feel to it.  Godzilla is dying and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.  Of course everyone is worried for himself or herself, but by the end everyone is speechless when Godzilla finally ends up disintegrating and there is huge feel of loss.  There are characters that die off and people are sad, but this is a character that has been with us for the past 41 years (at the time of Destoroyah’s release), and he is so a part of the culture that it really is sad to see him go.  This movie is a complete step above SpaceGodzilla with the acting being a little bit more restrained and the effects being awesome (especially compared to SpaceGodzilla).  Most non-fans won’t understand or get the full feel of the movie, but anyone that knows Godzilla will get a little bit of a knot in their stomach when they see him die.  It’s a really good movie and a very nice farewell.

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