DVD Review: Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla (2002) (Godzilla Week 2013 Day 4)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Thursday, October 3, 2013 0 comments

Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla (also known as: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (in the US), Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla III (in Australia) and Godzilla X Mechagodzilla (in Japan)) is marked as a direct sequel to the original Godzilla film.  Godzilla keeps on attacking Japan and the Japanese government are getting very sick and tired of it.  Meanwhile a scientist comes up with some breakthrough technology that reanimates fossils by mixing it with robotic parts turning them into organic drones.  The government approaches him asking if there's some way of using his discovery to create a weapon to combat against Godzilla.  They manage to pull this off in a very insane way by recovering the bones of the original Godzilla and using them to create a giant killing machine that's half-reptile, half-machine, and all monster baby YEEEEEEEHAAAAWWWWW!!!  Mechagodzilla is born and he is ready to kick some ass.  But this leaves us with a problem... Who's going to pilot the darn thing?  Enter a female soldier that is struggling with her past due from a mistake that cost her crew their lives during a Godzilla attack.  She is looking forward to redeeming her damaged reputation and avenging her fallen friends by piloting Mechagodzilla and stopping Godzilla for good.  Now ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages... LET'S GET READY TO RUUMBLLLLLEEEEE!  *Ding ding ding* (Click "Read More" to read the full review).

After all the crazy stuff we have seen in the other films they tone it down quite a bit in this one.  That's not bad as the simplicity in this one acts a very nice breather to help you gain back some energy for the insanity that is yet to come in this series of Godzilla films.  Even though this film is toned down compared to the rest of the Godzilla films I must say that this film has one of the most insane moments you will ever see in this entire franchise which is scientist building a giant robot Godzilla out of the original Godzilla's bones (Damn).  This film is also pretty straight to the point as what you get is right in the title with very little side-story to distract you.  For what little side-story we do get though we have something that is very cheesy but there are some cool scenes of Godzilla squashing soldiers in a very brutal and awesome fashion.  The battles themselves were pretty decent with some exciting action that will keep you right on the edge of your seats.  I'm normally not the one to (purposely) put in spoilers but I'm going to have to spoil one thing but don't worry as it doesn't spoil how the movie ends at all. This film is actually part one of a two part series with part two being "Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)" (also going to be reviewed this week).

This film goes back to using computer generated models for certain scenes like in the first two films of the millennium series.  This is both good and bad as the good of this is that they only use it when it's appropriate to do so like the scene where they are transporting Mechagodzilla via helicopter, something you can't do with the traditional costumes.  The downside is that the three-dimensional models have aged a lot faster than the costumes and the CG in this has most defiantly aged but not to the point where it'll make your eyes bleed.  The rubber suits and scenery look very brilliant and they do hold up very well.  English dub is pretty crappy and horribly mismatched with the lip movements.  Normally this adds even more charm to the films but in this case it only adds half as there's some really annoying characters in this but not enough to ruin the film, the fights more than make up for it anyway.

Very slim special features with only the theatrical trailer for this very film.  Overall this one was a pretty decent installment in the series and it's got me very interested into seeing how this story arc ends.  Decent viewing.

That concludes day four of Godzilla Week and sadly I won't be posting anything tomorrow.  Don't stress as there will defiantly be something for day five.  For the fifth day there will be a review from our good friend The Gaming Beast (from the Beastcast).  So make sure to tune in tomorrow for another installment of Godzilla Week and I'll see you all again over the weekend.

Title: Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla
Director: Masaaki Tezuka
Starring: Godzilla, Mechagodzilla
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Running Time: 88 minutes
Distributor: Madman Entertainment/ Eastern Eye (www.madman.com.au)
Rating: PG (Mild violence, Infrequent mild coarse language)
Price: $39.95 (as part of the "Godzilla - Millennium Series" box set)
Recommended: Yes


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