In 1999, Japanese movie studio “Toho,” released “Godzilla 2000” a reintroduction to The King Of The Monsters himself after Roland Emmerich’s American remake of the title character became a critical flop. Godzilla 2000 earned positive reception from critics, fans & movie goers alike. It is the first movie in the “Millennium Series” not linked to both “Shōwa Series” & “Heisei Series.”
After Godzilla 2000 came out, Toho attempted to work on a sequel with Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers) as a potential director. The sequel could’ve been Godzilla fighting a lava monster named, “Miba.” Sadly, plans were scrapped in favor of a stand-alone entry not set after Godzilla 2000, but an alternate sequel to the original 1954 film titled, “Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus.”
Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus was released in 2000. (same year Oscar winning film Gladiator came out) It earned mixed reviews from critics, fans & movie goers alike. Despite mixed reception, the film managed to make a profit at the box office.
With the highly anticipated “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters” a sequel to the 2014 American reboot produced by Warner Bros. (WB for short) slated to come out on May 31st, I’m rewatching all movies related to the “Millennium Series” up until “Godzilla: Final Wars” as the final one in the series. I want to share my thoughts on each entry before I see Godzilla back on the silver screen.
The following review contains pivotal SPOILERS. If you have not seen this movie, read at your own risk.
Strong & Weak Qualities
Strong: Opening Scene recreates Godzilla’s rampage from the original movie.
Action Sequences were legit from both humans & monsters equally earning their moments.
Practical Effects retain miniatures resembling Tokyo, Tokai and Osaka, pyrotechnics blowing crud up & custom made suits for stuntmen to portray Godzilla & Megaguirus in action.
The Fight Scene between Godzilla & Megaguirus was decent enough to keep me entertained.
Both creatures have a good amount of screen time. Something Warner Bros. lacked in the 2014 American reboot.
The film takes place after the original now set in an alternate timeline similar to “Watchmen.” An experimental weapon from the 1954 film never existed. This time Godzilla continues to wreck havoc spanning five decades.
Godzilla’s theme is used yet again. You can’t have the iconic theme if you’re gonna make a Godzilla movie.
Godzilla’s trademark atomic blast is orange. Remember folks, this is the original Godzilla not a successor.
Kirko, who’s the main human lead was interesting due to her backstory connected to Godzilla.
Megaguirus’ introduction looks like something out of a horror movie. Particularly “Alien.”
Megaguirus is similar to The Xenomorph Queen from “Aliens.” For example, both have the ability to produce countless eggs.
The best part of the film is when Godzilla literally bodyslams Megaguirus. I have no choice but to give this scene an Extra Point. Can you smell what The King Of The Monsters is cooking! First he dropkicks Megalon, now he bodyslams Megaguirus? Why do these ridiculous yet amazing fight scenes make me want to play “Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee,” “Godzilla: Save The Earth” & “Godzilla Unleashed?”
At the 1:30:22 mark, there’s a billboard labeled “Bandai.” A company known for producing video games, action figures anime, film & model kits. Ironically, the company also made Godzilla action figures. Ah! Marketing at its finest. Let’s pretend that Godzilla on PlayStation 4 (PS4 for short) never happened!
A Post-Credits Scene is shown. Indicating Godzilla managed to survive the blackhole.
Weak: The Military in the opening scene set after the original film’s events are incompetent ignoring the fact Godzilla is invulnerable to human weaponry. Unless an experimental device is designed to annihilate him. “Team America are less idiotic than The Military in “Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus!”
C.G.I. hasn’t aged pretty well. Computer Animation looked obviously fake They resemble graphics from Nintendo 64. A swarm of mosquito looking creatures are also fake like the monkey from “Lost In Space” I’m talking about the 1998 movie not the original show or reboot on Netflix.
American actors’ vocal delivery in the English Dub is pretty hokey. Does anybody in America know how to hire professional actors trained from “The Lee Strasberg School Of Acting?” It must be difficult to empathize a performance when it comes to translating foreign films.
A voice from an intercom said, “Godzilla is approaching the island!” EGADS! This predates The repeated line from Godzilla on PS4! “Godzilla is approaching the generator!” I pity Joe Vargas/Angry Joe playing this game. If you want to see his opinion on that god awful game, check it out.
Two Freeze-Frames pop up. One before The End Credits roll and a Post-Credits Scene with one final shot. I tend to make fun of cheesy Freeze-Frames by pretending to act like a narrator voicing a soap opera. Freeze-Frames are one of movie cliches I dislike other than my number one pick is “The Annoying Idiot” who does nothing but complain, scream & serves no purpose to the narrative.
The Final Verdict: C, FOR CRAPTASTIC VOYAGE! (SLIDE SLIDE SLIPPITY SLIDE) Coolio please don’t sue!
Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus isn’t a decent entry nor a pile of dino droppings. It’s just a disappointment lacking compelling human characters other than Kuriko, idiot military soldiers & over-the-top voice actors translating Japanese dialogue. If you want to rewatch the film just to gear up for Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, it’s your call.