aka Gojira Tai Megagirasu – Jî Shômetsu Sakusen (Original Title)
105 min., 2000
Written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara/Wataru Mimura
Directed by Masaaki Tezuka
My rating: ★★★
A great new monster!
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The movie begins with some soldiers going after Godzilla and among them is a woman named Tsujimori (Misato Tanaka). After their weapons seem to do no good against Godzilla, they decide to take off. During their retreat, their leader saves Tsujimori from some falling debris, but in the process he dies. Years later she is now the head of G-Grasper, which is a special team dedicated to killing Godzilla. She goes to find a man named Kudo (Shosuke Tanihara), because they need him for his expertise in micro robotics. You see, they are creating a machine that fires mini black holes and they are going to use it against Godzilla. During a test run, a little boy named Jun (Hiroyuki Suzuki) witnesses the test and the following night he returns to the site to find an egg. After a little bit of time he dumps it into the sewer where it starts to create tinier eggs. They hatch and from them come strange prehistoric insects. Now it’s G-Grasper versus Godzilla versus the insects that form together to make Megaguirus. Who will be victorious?!
The acting in the Godzilla movies just keeps getting better. Misato Tanaka plays a great female lead. She’s tough and able to take command, but she never really loses that sense of vulnerability that is nice to see in lead characters. Along the same lines is Shosuke Tanihara. He’s cocky, but he also comes off as a really likable guy. He knows what he’s doing and he isn’t afraid to state that fact, but he also realizes his limitations and doesn’t try to step on people’s toes. They also have very great chemistry and seeing them as an eventual couple really works.
The effects are getting better, but are nowhere near perfect. Again there are visible wires, but by comparison to the last few, there is a whole lot less. The CG is better as well, but there are a few flaws here and there. Now Godzilla has been improved since the last movie and that’s fine by me. He still looks mean and ready to throw down at any minute. Megaguirus looks really fucking cool. He’s like a giant flying dragonfly with huge claws and a massive stinger, just plain cool! Their fight is great. Having Megaguirus flying around Godzilla who (for the most part) can only sit, watch and wait for him to strike is great. After a few attacks Godzilla does finally catch on and he’s able to make the fight a little bit more even, but it’s still hard for him. Two of my favorite scenes during the fight are when Megaguirus and Godzilla rush at each other and in classic samurai movie fashion, there is just a flash and they both stand there, with us just wondering which one got hurt. The other is when Godzilla grabs Megaguirus and shoves his tail into the ground, then he takes a giant leap and comes crashing down on top of him. Super Cool!
This movie is totally fun! The effects are getting better and the acting is just great. The fight is one of my favorites so far of the “new series” and Megaguirus is a great new monster. This one is required viewing for any serious Godzilla fan, and to those who aren’t, you just might want to check this one out.Have You Read...?