Well, we’re at the end of the Toho side of this journey. After this there’s just Gareth Edwards new US produced take on Godzilla, which can’t possibly be as awful as the 1998 film. Toho decided that in 2004, on Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, they’d go out with a bang and leave Godzilla to rest for 10 years. The aim was to make a modern, action packed love letter to the monsters and history of Godzilla. That film is Final Wars and after the link I’ll tell you all about how awesome Don Frye is.
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Well look at this. It’s the only actual sequel of the Millennium Era. Godzilla: Tokyo SOS follows on a year after the events of Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. Kiryu is damaged and undergoing repairs, but there’s a ticking clock running in the form of the threat of an eventual return of Godzilla. Exciting stuff. Click the link below and I’ll tell you words about this here film.
Godzilla Against is, like the previous few films of the Millennium era, a film set within its own timeline. It takes the original film, with the change that the original Godzilla’s bones were left intact, picks a few points from Toho’s monster movie history such as Mothra and War of the Gargantuas, and returns Godzilla to modern Japan with the nation prepared to take him on. Only they’re not prepared enough and must do something a little crazy if they hope to defeat Godzilla again. Click the link below for my review.
GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.310: Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah – Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
So I think I’m going to need to break my no acronym rule with this one. There’s no what I’m writing that title out each time. Let’s go with the, generally accepted by the fans, GMK as the replacement title. GMK is probably the best Godzilla film other than the original. That’s probably enough review for you, but, if you like, there’s more you can read after the link.
Godzilla fights a giant pre-historic dragonfly in this film. Well, eventually he does. He’s gotta fight something I suppose, and fighting a giant dragonfly is certainly a step up from the giant rock and Quasimodo from the last film. Another fun fact, this is the only Godzilla film not tied to any previous film’s timeline. Even presents an alternate take on the original film’s outcome where Godzilla was never destroyed. So, this has to be worth a look I guess. Click the link below to see if Godzilla Vs Megaguirus is as mega as the name suggests… or something.
How long did it take Toho to get back to making Godzilla films after the US film was a giant turd? Not much over a year. Hell, they probably started planning and pre-production the moment Emmerich’s film was released. They don’t even bother explaining Godzilla’s return in this film. He’s just there and is a fact of life. Which is really quite cool. Godzilla isn’t a thing that was created so much as he’s a natural disaster rolling through Japan. I guess I should just get on with this one. Click the link below.
During Godzilla Vs Spacegodzilla there is a few moments that provide a sense of looming finality to this Godzilla series. Certain loose ends from previous films are raised and tied into Spacegodzilla’s origins. Miki Saegusa (Megumi Odaka) was given a larger role and a fuller character to help give a reason to her continued reappearances. Both weapons the G-Force aimed to use on Godzilla, one passive and one aggressive, both fail leading to a feeling that nothing can stop Godzilla. Godzilla himself is presented is a slightly more humanised and heroic light. These elements were all in place for a reason. Because Toho had an end in sight for this version of Godzilla. This film, Godzilla Vs Destoroyah, is that end. Click the link below for my review of the last Heisei era Godzilla film.
What’s more of a threat to the world than a Mechagodzilla? Ignoring that Mechagodzilla was the hero character in the last film for a second. Why, a Spacegodzilla of course. Spacegodzilla is big and bulky and has fangs, psychic powers and, when in flight, becomes mostly a giant crystal thing. He has giant crystal shoulders too and the actor in the suit clearly can’t move his upper arms! Spacegodzilla rocks. Click my link below for the review of this big old space monster mash of a film.
Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla 2 is not the sequel to Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla. The sequel to that film was Terror of Mechagodzilla. Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla 2 exists in the different era from the previously mentioned films and is therefore not connected to that timeline. In fact, this film is referred to as Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla in Japan, which is the same name used for the 1974, which was initially called Godzilla Vs The Cosmic Monster in the US. So yeah, basically, the Heisei era is all about confusingly titled films. It gets simpler after this. It’s all Spacegodzillas and demonic crab monsters after this. There is 2 films to go just called Godzilla though… There’s a reason I always refer to the original film as Gojira. After you’ve had a lie down from taking in all that nonsense, why not click the link below for my review of this here film, which I think is Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla 2 but not because it’s the first in the new series so… Click the link.
Not to be confused with the 1964 film Mothra Vs Godzilla, which, in the U.S, was released as Godzilla vs The Thing, but was eventually re-released as Godzilla Vs Mothra before the 1992 film, Godzilla vs Mothra, was released in Japan and so the US title for this film became Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth. Got your head around that? I’ve stuck with the Japanese name although the version I watched before doing this review was the US dub. The Battle for Earth one. Heisei Era Godzilla was my era as a lad and so I had seen this film before. Revisiting has turned out to be quite the treat. Click the link below for my full review.