aka Gojira Vs. Mekagojira (Original Title)
105 min., 1993
Written by Wataru Mimura
Directed by Takao Okawara
My rating: ★
A baby Godzilla that’s actually Godzilla’s son and MechaGodzilla, sweet! Well maybe.
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On an island a group of scientists discover an egg that is being guarded by Rodan. As they are trying to take the egg away, Godzilla appears and starts fighting with Rodan. Godzilla ends up killing Rodan, but the scientists get away with the egg. While watching the egg, Azusa (Ryoko Sano) notices that the egg starts to glow whenever she isn’t around. A little later a man named Kazuma Aoki (Masahiro Takashima) who has been working on the MechaGodzilla project (created with the parts of Mecha-King Ghidorah) starts a connection with Azusa and they both learn that the egg isn’t a baby Rodan as they had initially thought, but a baby Godzilla. BabyGodzilla is doing pretty good until he starts calling for this daddy. At the same time Rodan is reborn as Fire Rodan and starts heading towards where BabyGodzilla is being held. At the same time MechaGodzilla is now ready to fight. Heading for BabyGodzilla is MechaGodzilla, Godzilla and Fire Rodan, when they clash who will stand victorious?
So Ryoko Sano is really great in her role as the human watcher of BabyGodzilla. She really seems to care and love BabyGodzilla and when he was leaving she really looked sad. Her emotions are very believable. Masahiro Takashima is also great in his role. His passion for flying just flows from his character and anytime he’s around Ryoko, he has a very childlike crush about him and their chemistry together is really great.
The effects of the movie aren’t that much better than the last movie (that being Godzilla Vs. Mothra). Now don’t get me wrong, Godzilla looks great and Rodan is completely badass, but they don’t seem to be trying to take any chances with upping the effects of the movie. They seem to be playing it safe and that doesn’t always sit well with me. I would have loved to see them try something new. Now the monster fight is actually really fun. Godzilla fighting Rodan is great and then the MechaGodzilla, Rodan and Godzilla fight is just fun. Rodan and Godzilla team up to take on MechaGodzilla and the fight is actually fast and furious. Rodan flying around and Godzilla attacking with his tail are matched by MechaGodzilla and his own set of weapons. Just plain giant monster fighting fun.
In the end this is an okay entry into the Godzilla series. The acting is great and the monster battle is a whole lot of fun, but them not trying to make any new advances and just playing it safe really makes this one feel like a very lazy effort. When watching a Godzilla movie I look for a few things. Okay pretty much only two. A great monster battle and some advances in effects. This movie only had one of those and when you look for very little in a movie, this was a real big letdown. This one is mainly for the hardcore fans and little else.Have You Read...?