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MovieBob Reviews All 29 Previous Godzilla Movies (Part 2)

Bob Chipman | 23 May 2014 12:00
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godzilla vs mechagodzilla ii

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
Rodan makes his (it's?) Heisei debut, sparring with Godzilla and humanity over an egg that ends up containing a new-for-the-90s version of Minilla (alternately called "BabyZilla" or "Godzilla Jr."). Meanwhile, the United Nation's anti-Godzilla task force has a new plan: Build a pilotable new Mecha-Godzilla. It works out about as well as every other plan ever tried against Godzilla. This is occasionally called a low-point in the second series, but I think people just didn't cotton to BabyZilla's overtly "kawaii" redesign.

godzilla vs spacegodzilla

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
A giant crystal comet is on a collision course with Earth, bearing one of Godzilla's most bizarre-looking (and least-imaginatively named) foes along with it. With a stronger emphasis on beam-weapon optical effects and pyrotechnics, plus another human-piloted mech in the form of a new Mogera, this is sometimes derided as a "Sentai-fication" of Godzilla, but it's not without its charms.

godzilla vs destroyer

Godzilla vs. Destroyer (1995)
This was the plan: Toho would (for the first time since '54) kill off the original Godzilla in a lead-up to the 1998 American remake launching a new series. It didn't work out, obviously, but "The Death of Godzilla" was a big enough deal at the time to make headlines in the United States.

How does it go down? Turns out the Oxygen Destroyer weapon that solved the problem in 1954 also created a new species of super-resilient crustacean/reptile hybrids that have now reached maturity and are swarming the country Aliens-style; while Godzilla himself is dying (but also more powerful and angrier than ever) from his own internal nuclear reactor melting down - threatening a cataclysmic event. There's a little too much time spent riffing on Aliens and Starship Troopers, but the finale is haunting and even poetic as these things go: Godzilla goes down fighting and takes all of Tokyo with him - and leaving a now fully powered Junior as his legacy.

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Godzilla (1998)
This movie sucks.

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Godzilla 2000 (1999)
Toho was deeply unhappy with the 1998 American Godzilla, and even less happy that they didn't get much money out of it. The lean, gritty and angry "Millennium" series (so named to distinguish it from the 80s/90s films despite Japan still technically being in the Heisei era) was their response: 1954 is the only canon once again, but now Godzilla is an oh-so-late-90s conspiracy subject followed around by what we'd now call "Truthers" storm-chaser style. This is also the one that gave us the "Godzilla is inside each one of us" meme.

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