Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II

Don't worry about the 2, it's not really a sequel.

Full disclosure, I have never seen this Godzilla movie before, the closest I got was when I was probably 11 or 10 and I happened to catch it on satellite late one night but I was a lightweight then just as much now and fell asleep before I even got 20 minutes in, so that means I had to find a copy so once more we have an english dub. And I find that a shame as I consider this one of the strongest entries for the Heisei series. Sure the plot isn't too involved, the government salvages the head of Mecha-King Ghidorah and uses it as a template to craft Mechagodzilla to protect Japan from the big G, and meanwhile an egg is discovered after a sighting of Rodan which leads to a much needed update for Godzilla's son. And that's pretty much all you need to know, it's so straightforward and yet has enough action and personality to the humans to keep you fully engaged all the way. The effects are pretty spectacular in terms of the miniatures and the creature suit for Godzilla Jr. or as everyone affectionately calls him Baby, and sweet heavenly snow....I want him. The internet has failed me for the last time, you had this precious little one in your midst for decades but little Grogu was the first on your radar. Get off my planet. I love him. I'd destroy worlds for this wee babe, he means more to me than you will ever know. Pretty much all the designs are really really damn good. Rodan looks pretty good, Godzilla looks awesome as usual, and Mechagodzilla while I do like this design it couldn't top the 70s one for me. But that's okay, he gets a lot of action screen time in this, hell it's easily the most action packed entry of the entire series thus far, you really get your money's worth. I have no real idea why it took me so long to finally sit down and watch it but I am thrilled that I did. One of the best finales in the Heisei series, decent human characters, easy yet enjoyable plot, excellent effects, you really can't go wrong with this. One bit I want to throw out before we wrap this up is even though this is an english dub, they pronounce Rodan the japanese way not the american way, they call him Radon and I'm not sure why but I very much like that. It's just not often you get real japanese in international dubs. But moving on, 4 stars, 7.5/10, a very strong entry but we only have two left. And I sense great sadness in the future.

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