After anxiously watching the new trailer today for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong film from Legendary Pictures, I had a desire to se a monster movie. Yet, I could not find one that truly interested me. Then, I discovered something on Vudu that I had not expected.
A 2002 version of Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla.
I remembered watching a version of this when I was a kid and would go to the Sunday afternoon matinee at the local theater which would be playing old Godzilla movies. I loved that so much. I was nowhere near a kid in 2002 though so I did not know what this film was.
The film was a Japanese kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka and it was treated as a direct sequel to the original 1954 Godzilla film. In fact, the human characters in the film used the skeleton of the original Godzilla from that film to create their mechanized robot in response to the return of the King of Monsters. In a battle with the new Godzilla, maser-cannon technician Lieutenant Akane Yashiro (Yumiko Shaku) failed to stop the rampaging Godzilla, leading to the death of several of her squad. Her failure was able to help spur her on in the battle with Godzilla.
This Godzilla looked better than the original Godzilla, looking less like the guy in a rubber suit as many of the Godzilla films did. It had more of a Power Rangers feel to it though.
I have to say, as a huge fan of Godzilla, casting the giant lizard in the villain role, making me cheer for MechaGodzilla is not what I wanted. In fact, I found myself rooting for Godzilla in much of the movie. It appeared that Godzilla may be cast as the villain position in the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong film as well, so maybe I need to get used to it.
The dubbing of the English over the Japanese speaking characters was pretty well done. That usually irritates me, but this film’s dubbing did not bother me at all.
The design of this Godzilla felt more like the Godzilla we are getting in the most recent films from Legendary, looking solid.
The story is simple and the humans are kept at a minimum. The Godzilla/MechGodzilla fights are great and dramatic. This was good fun.