28 Japanese films, 2 American, 1 Americanized (I counted both versions of the original film.) Thanks to @blackholemovies.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
When Mothra went into outer space to stop a meteor from reaching Earth, she accidentally took with cells from Godzilla and remaining cells from Biollante that inhabited our atmosphere. The combined cells went through a black hole and created a new creature, Space Godzilla. Space Godzilla heads to Earth to confront Godzilla, Junior Godzilla, and the new G-Force robot, MOGERA.
***Long Live the King - G-Marathon 2014, Film 21/30***
Many would argue that Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla is the weakest entry in the Heisei series, and I would solemnly agree. The film misfires on almost every cylinder possible, packing an over long run time with annoying characters and miserable subplots. If you took out everything that didn't matter over the course of the story, you wouldn't have a story, and that is never a good sign.
The general plot involves the appearance of a monster from space, dubbed Space Godzilla due to his uncanny resemblance to the King of the Monsters and someone not having much imagination. Side plots involve the UN developing a system to use Miki's powers to…
I think the writers at Toho are starting to run out of ideas for monsters to fight. I mean, the fight at the end of the movie was pretty cool but the whole concept of Space-Godzilla is just kind of cheesy. He's like Godzilla... but from OUTER SPACE!!!! I'd like to have been a fly on the wall in the writer's room when they came up with that one.
However, like I said, the fight at the end was pretty cool. Everything leading up to the fight moved kind of slow. Also, the humans have their own Mecha-Kaiju to fight Godzilla again but it isn't nearly as cool as Mecha-Godzilla. I guess Godzilla vs Space-Godzilla vs Mecha-Godzilla would have been…
Part 21 of my "(RE)Watch all Godzillamovies in sequence before the new one is released in may" festival.
The story in this one is just as insane as Godzilla vs Biollante, with cells from Godzilla ending up in space and sucked into a black hole, thus creating Space Godzilla. Uh, sure. Ok. There is even more silliness involving Baby Godzilla and the first half is pretty dull with several characters whose motivations seems to have been forgotten in the editing room.
BUT, and this is a big one, the last half is basically a fifty minute long fight between Godzilla, Space Godzilla and new robot Moguera. And it's just plain awesome. Space Godzilla, however silly its origin story may be, is one hell of a creature and if you get past the first half you will be rewarded with plenty of rubbermonstergoodness.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is not the finest Heisei era Godzilla flick, but the idea of SpaceGodzilla is too gloriously silly and awesome not to love. Some "G-cells" have made their way into space and have created a crystal-loving space version of the big green guy. Some scientists name him, without much creativity, SPACEGODZILLA! SpaceGodzilla makes his way to Earth and attempts to destroy his source of creation.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla's biggest crime is that it's needlessly long. It's also strangely plotless (more so than your average Godzilla film). Godzilla appears in a rather nonchalant manner. Little Godzilla is thankfully locked away in a crystal prison for most of the film's duration. Mothra and the annoying twins occasionally show up and…
This is a totally goofball Zilla flick. Unless you are a fan of the cheeseball Zilla movies, pass it by, otherwise those that are will have a great time.
Godzilla Marathon, Part 6:
This marks the sixth Godzilla film in the revamped series, which ignores the continuity of the Shōwa series, past Gojira, called the Heisei Series, or sometimes the "VS Series". This time Godzilla is back with better special effects, a longer and more insane story, and a new foe.
The plot revolves around a group of scientists who concoct this outlandish plan, wherein, they will use the telepathic powers of a special little lady to control Godzilla. See, shes a one woman PETA who wants to help save Godzilla. Even though snakes, crocodiles, and sharks have a code that we humans obey: We don't mess with them, and they won't mess with us. But Godzilla lives by…
Gojira VS Supesugojira (1994)
For some reason this fails hard to entertain even though it's every bit as preposterously entertaining as Biollante, at least in concept, Space Godzilla is interesting, but besides "crazy crystals" and "black holes" and a spectacular monster design, there's really not much here in terms of lore that could've made Space Godzilla a memorable opponent for our beloved monster, specially when there's actually little amount of fighting between them, as this one focuses too much on the human struggles to make a big machine that could destroy the monsters, and thus becomes like the best episode of Power Rangers ever but at the same time not exactly any interesting than them. A shame really, this is one I actually looked forward to seeing.
Makes sense that some consider this one the weakest entry in the Heisei series, even with the explosive final fight. The movie seems to be trying to do many things at the same time, and it features the most bland human cast in the series. SpaceGodzilla is a cool idea, a great crazy idea, but the movie never goes crazy enough.
I understand it's about a giant monster "...battling an evil doppelgänger from outer space" but the story has plot holes bigger than the black hole from which SpaceGodzilla came through.
In a lot of aspects, this one is just a repeating what Mechagodzilla II already did. In other things, it brings back a lot of Showa elements, although only half hearted: some space station, some mafia elements, a tropical island. A lot of things that were common in the series during the 60s.
While it is overall entertaining, it has again some flaws.
Little Godzilla is completely irrelevant for the plot and basically just in the movie to be cute (which he is, but still … he doesn't really fit into the „realistic“ direction the Heisei series has). The moral conflict if it is right to kill Godzilla is AGAIN not easy to understand. Of course, as a fan, you…
The weakest in the Heisei series of Godzilla movies so far, with far too much time in the battles, which become repetitive. The story, cause-and-effect of the characters, and general odd and pointless subplots start to grate half-way in, and continue to irritate - particularly the shennanegins of the 3 guys in the giant robot. I could not get a grip on what their in-fighting was all about.
And Little Godzilla's design was pure toy-shop fodder, and a backward step compared to the (still quite terrible) design of BabyGodzilla in the previous installment.
Still fun in places, though.
A highly underrated Godzilla film that features a fantastic array of bizzare effects, great musical score, and a plot that has some unique heft. I absolutely adore the creature designs and the final battle is well choreographed. Worth another watch for anyone who blindly dismissed it.
Seriously, is no one going to explain why the mafia wanted to control Godzilla? No one at all?
There is an exception to all of the glowing things I said about the Heisei era, and it’s this film. It sticks out like a sore thumb among the others.
There isn’t a lot positive to say here. There’s no story or even consistent through-line. The pacing is atrocious. Little Godzilla looks butt ugly again, curiously bringing back the awful baby-esque features from the Shōwa era despite ostensibly being older than in the previous film. Fortunately, his role in this film is largely marginal, serving as a “damsel in distress” -esque motivation for Godzilla to fight SpaceGodzilla. And his appearance will improve dramatically for the next film, don’t worry.
Really, the only good things I can say about this film…
A Christmas classic for the ages.
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