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 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…
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.
Having now seen about ten of the 28 (!!!) Godzilla movies, and become acquainted with some of the characters in the... mythos, shall we say... I feel I can claim that this one is easily the most enjoyably Saturday morning cartoon of those I have seen so far. While in a couple of others I might've found this a bit annoying, minus the unnecessary presence of a disgustingly cute baby 'zilla it pretty much works for me here. Get this: what if a Godzilla cell found its way into a black hole (via the wings of Mothra) and from it emerged a COSMIC GODZILLA armored with gigantic crystal spikes? And this thing came to Earth just to claim it for itself...? Well, you're rooting for Godzilla, that's what. The plot is entirely simplistic and direct, formulaic for-kids monster mashing, but because of the thrilling action and effects I find it pretty charming this time. And SpaceGodzilla looks really cool.
A monster as cool as Spacegodzilla deserves a better movie than this. As it stands, though, this film is a laughable wreck that alternates between series high points and the lowest Godzilla has ever been. Positives include neat special effects, a badass villain, and some interesting fights. Among the many negatives are the ludicrous way the scientists explain Spacegodzilla's existence, the beyond shitty filler subplots, basically all of Moguera, and Miki being Miki. It's enjoyable enough despite the sheer stupidity, however, so that's good, I guess.
For years I had this movie in mind as being the worst of the Heisei era. But re-watching it now I feel like it's much more entertaining than Godzilla vs. Mothra … although one should never think about SpaceGodzilla's origin story.
But overall it feels like a Showa movie in the Heisei era and knows how to entertain.
A mixed bag of a movie, to say the least.
In the Heisei Era, Godzilla has been a force of destruction and is definitely the "bad guy" to Japan. Then, out of left field, the Cosmos Twins arrive to tell them that a monster from space is coming to kill Godzilla and if Godzilla is killed the World is doomed. Confusing, but we'll ride with it. Godzilla is basically a good guy for this film.
Space Godzilla is either one of the laziest or most creative creature they've come up with. The name sucks, but they give 2 elaborate explanations of how he came to be. One, when Biollante died and sent it's cells to space. Two, when Mothra left…
I've seen this twice now, once in English and once in Japanese, and I still don't have a clue what's happening in it. BabyGodzilla has become Little Godzilla, and has gotten cuter/more annoying in the process. Space Godzilla shows up to murder the little thing, but Godzilla isn't down with that.
Meanwhile, G-Force has scrapped Mechagodzilla and has decided to make a Mecha Mogura, the monster from The Mysterians. Also, the Japanese mafia attempts to control Godzilla to do their bidding and... okay I'm lost again.
Some good monster action, and despite how annoying Little Godzilla has become the scene where Space Godzilla attempts to destroy him is pretty good.
Perhaps the weakest of the Heisei films, GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA has the king of the monsters battling a space creature created from his own DNA. There are some nice moments here, and the final battle is pretty spectacular, but the overall plot, involving an attempt to control Godzilla through telekenesis, is pretty lame. Harkens back to the Showa series' sci-fi tropes, but not in a good way.
This movie is underrated in the sense that there's nothing egregiously bad about it, at least when graded on the Godzilla curve. Here are two reasons I can think of why it's considered one of the franchise's worst:
1. Pick a flaw, any flaw in SG: a similar one can be found in the other 90s installments. Some fans may be willing to overlook or ignore them in their preferred Heisei entries if those films contain enough elements they actually like. Which brings me to...
2. Nothing about SG stands out except for its cool new villainous kaiju; the rest is a flavorless mush of mediocrity.
The amount of hate this movie gets is sort of funny to…
It's practically impossible to watch Godzilla movies and take them even minutely serious. It's gotten to the point where all I can really do is continue to point out those things I find endearing and annoying. These movies are all basically the same so anyone of them that can distinguish itself from the others scores a few points. It just so happened that this was the last "Heisei" series Godzilla movie that I hadn't viewed. I will admit that the special effects are much better than those in the original series but the stories and characters are much more generic. The improved effects are really just a product of time maturing the technology so I'd say the original series movies…
Written by someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...
One of the few things I liked about the film was the mini-Godzilla (godzillasaurus). It's new costume is even more adorable than the previous incarnation. However, there was so much going on in this film that it was hard to follow every story. Despite that there were still long stretches which were boring and the movie dragged on towards the 108 minute mark. For some reason the humans were driving around in Grounder from Sonic the Hedgehog. The monster fight was okay, but it was a little long and it was shot very dark.
Another entry in the Heisei series that is a take-it-or-leave-it Godzilla film for sure. All of these films spend a lot of time on characters and exposition in fairly dull ways, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is a particularly onerous offender. The usual pay-off after all this hum drum drama are the giant monster fights but there's really not much of interest. The direction is uninspired and seems to lack any attempt to add any visual flair outside of special effects. But, I always find something to like in these films and in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla I was quite entertained by Akira Emoto as Yuki, a grizzled soldier who has vowed revenge on Godzilla for killing his friend Gondo. His vendetta clashes…
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It's a work in progress so leave your recommendations for this list.