30 Days of Godzilla – Day 25: What Movie is the Most Overrated and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) Review
30 Days of Godzilla: Day 25: What Movie is the Most Overrated: Overrated seems like a negative term, I prefer to call it over-appreciated because I think this film get a little more love than it deserves. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. Though I can see why it may appeal to those who like it, I can’t help but watch the film and just feel mixed about the experience.
30 Days of Godzilla- Review: Gojira tai Megagirasu: Jī Shōmetsu Sakusen aka Godzilla x Megaguirus: G Annihilation Strategy aka Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000:
Despite the flaws, it’s an entertaining film for what it is. Not really a great film or some of Godzilla’s best but depending on the person it could provide some fun for those who want to check it out.
Even though the same suit was used, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus isn’t a sequel to Godzilla 2000 but rather another reboot that only continues where the first film left off. You’ll notice that besides Godzilla against MechaGodzilla and Tokyo SOS being connected, the films in the Millennium series are one shots, that have their own lore, universe, rules etc. and for the most part be self contained stories.
In this continuity, the Oxygen Destroyer didn’t kill Godzilla, he just went to sea after his 1954 attack.
Then later in 1966 Godzilla attack the first Japanese nuclear plant in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture. This resulted in Japan’s desire to abandon nuclear power and look for alternatives, also the G-Graspers, a section of the JSDF dedicated to fighting and stopping Godzilla was established. With the pursuit of finding new energy, clean Plasma energy came about and replaced nuclear energy in 1996. However that same year Godzilla attacked original plasma energy reactor, effectively banning plasma energy.
Now let’s get into something more ridiculous, the grand plan to stop Godzilla is to use the Dimensional Tide. What is that? It’s a satellite weapon that fires miniature black holes, sending him to another dimension…seems like the perfect weapon to try and stop Godzilla.
Not only that, during testing of the weapon, a worm hole opens which causes Meganula, a giant prehistoric dragonfly to come to the present day to lay it’s egg.
A boy finds the egg and brings it to Tokyo. Once the boy notices the egg started to ooze, he dumped the egg in the sewer where it hatched into many Meganulons. Meganulons were giant insect creatures that first appeared in the 1956 film, Rodan and now they’ve made their triumphant return.
Megaguirus is the queen of these monsters, and after the Meganulas absorb some of Godzilla’s energy to feed to her, she comes out to play.
That’s what you’re getting into folks, a very weird film with a rather ridiculous idea. Almost everything about the film is decent to average. The cast does their part maybe not the best cast around but could of been worse. Masaaki Tezuka’s directing was alright, nothing spectacular or noteworthy but is able to make the film feel competent enough, I guess.
Kenji Suzuki’s special effects were a mix bag, at times there were some wonderful things, like our lead character, Kiriko Tsujimori riding and getting on Godzilla and some of the underwater stuff, such as the underwater nest of the Meganulons. Other times such as some of the CGI shots were not as good. But it still looked nice to look out special effects wise.
That final battle between Godzilla and Megaguirus was wonderfully done in an amusing way. I also find that fight funny because Godzilla was after something completely different and Megaguirus was the aggressor.
Michiru Ōshima’s soundtrack was rather good. A nice blend of Akira Ifukube’s stuff with a modern twist. It provides some good atmosphere and does a nice job capturing the mood that the visuals sometimes lacked.
Godzilla was fun in this film, continuing on the theme of energy vendetta as those seem to be his targets. Also of interesting note, this is technically the first Godzilla, only no Oxygen Destroyer was around to kill him. He still has his mystique and wonder though. He’s a monster that’s just on another level, but doesn’t seem all the aggressive. He’ll defend himself, yes, but he’s not malicious in his actions.
Megaguirus and all her previous forms are relatively creepy and have some horror vibes to them in the same vain as Destoroyah. She and the littler forms, are vicious, even attacking people in vile ways. They were nice to see and her effects were some of the cooler stuff of the film. I especially like her flying stuff.
Overall this film could be a mix bag, depending on who you are. It kind of depends on what you want from these films and your tolerance level. On the production side such as cast, writing, and directing it’s probably not the best the series can offer and might feel lackluster if that is your focus (it’s still competent just not spectacular). If you’re looking for a good time and want to just kick back and enjoy a Godzilla film, this one isn’t a bad option. There are better ones yes, but it manages to provide amusing bits of fun. I guess it’s kind of like Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla in a way. Amusing but not really the best and feels like something derivative. Not awful but not great. If you ever do check it out, I hope you can enjoy it like I did. It’s weird but has its moments. Not my favorite but not one I’ll just ignore. It is what it is, nothing special but somewhat enjoyable.
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