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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Reviews

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Super Reviewer
March 17, 2013
Keeping up with the effective Godzilla formula, this yet an amusing monster film that delivers effective thrills and is well directed and has a good script to boot. Fans will most likely appreciate this one and is packed with a bit of everything that has made the franchise really good. Of course the film is not without its flaws. And it mostly gives us good entertainment that is well structured and directed effectively directed by Massaki Tezuka. This doesn't cover new ground, but does include a few new elements. This is a very good movie for genre fans and Godzilla fans will surely enjoy it for what it is. The film lacks at times, but you can quickly forget its weak aspects due to its well thought out plot. That most certainly delivers from start to finish. Like others, I really enjoyed the film and I feel that since they rebooted the franchise, that it was rare that the films lacked, in fact there was only one film that I didn't enjoy. I surprised that they were able to keep the series going and fine new ideas to make them entertaining. Usually franchises would start to lack by this point, but that is not the case with Godzilla. The carnage that he creates on-screen is what it's all about and he is always worth seeing despite the sometime recycled ideas. The film is good and worth watching if you're bored. This could have improved, but like I said, it still is mindless fun that will entertain you from start to finish if you're a fan of the series.
Super Reviewer
May 21, 2011
Working on miniature black holes is the newest weapon to tackle the Godzilla problem. The film follows the antics of G Grasper. Realizing Godzilla is attracted to nuclear and plasma power, all such power is now absent from Japan, but as he returns, a small egg comes through one of the test black holes. It soon hatches into a big assed flying mosquito. This has parallel universes, spaceships, alien bugs, human drama, and lots of destruction. There's even more obvious CGI for the swimming scenes, but it's nice to see the tradition of Godzilla is celebrated rather than parodied. A satisfactory entry.
Super Reviewer
October 25, 2012
An utterly campy film with a dark concept that clashes so much with itself that this film fails on every front to find it's own identity. A complete mess story wise, with bad special effects, this new Godzilla film just has no punch at all.
Super Reviewer
February 6, 2008
This movie's one of those rare occasions where every aspect of the film is given an equal pace and even has a strong and interesting female lead. But it's undermined by a needlessly complex story.
Super Reviewer
April 18, 2007
Another fun entry in the Godzilla series. Megaguirus, despite being a flawed monster in terms of SFX, is still pretty cool and very nasty. Loved the bit with the dragonflies and Godzilla is great as always.
½ November 13, 2014
Godzilla vs a giant ass dragon fly and the Japs trying to stop Godzilla with a miniature blackhole. Starts a bit slow but good fight at the end.
July 15, 2014
There are some good ideas here but this one feels more stale than most Godzilla films which says a lot.
November 6, 2008
Quite possibly the first Godzilla film I've seen in its entirety (aside from the American version that everyone hates), and what can I say?

It was on cable, had bad effects and dubbing, the wife and I were fairly amused by it.

A good call for rental or cable.
August 18, 2008
Actually one of the best Godzilla movies I've seen! :) The special effects that the synopsis dubs as 'dodgy' weren't nearly as bad as the clearly visible strings hoisting Megaguirus aloft. But there are more than enough good effects in the movie to make up for the bad ones.
But the production teams are usually good about (at least attempting to) covering up plot holes, but this one had a big one. The first Dimension Tide opened up a wormhole, but the second and third ones did not.
Also a young boy can easily slip through the woods and onto a high-security research facility unchallenged by any type of barrier? Hmmm...
Anyway, it was a great movie and lots of fun! :)
½ July 2, 2008
THis was my personal favorite of the last Godzilla series. I also felt it had the strongest script overall; heads and tails over any other entry in the series
½ November 23, 2007
Although disliked by many, it's one of those rare occasions where every aspect of the film is given an equal pace and even has a strong and interesting female lead.
September 8, 2007
Same thing... Godzilkla comes to party up in Tokyo... Japanese people freak out... try to kill him... Big alien appears... rejected superlizard doesn't like another monster trying to claim his turf... if he can't enjoy the nihtlife in Tokyo... no monster will. So there's the obligatory awesome monster smackdown.
½ August 11, 2007
Hi-end low tech special effects and an exotic battle dance between the Big Guy and Megaguirus are the high points of this "just another Godzilla" flick.
July 29, 2007
This is one of the best Godzilla movies. There was plenty of monster action without too much human drama.
February 11, 2007
Cool monsters, but the story feels rushed and incomplete. And the sumo drop Godzilla lands on Megaguirus feels like something better left in the early seventies entries.
½ July 28, 2014
Not very interesting...
½ July 16, 2014
Not a perfect Godzilla movie, but a fun one.
½ May 22, 2014
How do you describe "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus"? well, it begins as a movie that's just so crazy and bad, it's awesome. Then it stops being awesome and just becomes bad. We've got another reboot here, no connection to the previous film, despite the same design for Godzilla. Basically, after the events of the 1954 film, an anti-Godzilla task force, the G-Graspers is created. They develop new technology to defend Japan (whose capital has been moved from Tokyo to Osaka) from Godzilla. Finally, they've come up with a weapon that shows some potential in the war against the King of the Monsters: a gun that shoots miniature black holes. Wait, what?! After testing the weapon and confirming that it will not accidentally destroy our solar system, a young boy finds a suspicious looking egg in the forest nearby. The egg begins oozing a strange liquid and he dumps it in the sewers. It turns out that the egg was actually a cluster and they begin hatching into hundreds of thought-to-be-extinct prehistoric insect creatures called Meganulon. After chomping on some stupid teenagers, they mature into full-grown, gigantic dragonflies named Meganula. When Godzilla shows up, the G-Graspers are ready to prove to the world that despite their ridiculous name, they can be a force to be reckoned with when they start blasting at Godzilla with their satellite-mounted black-hole-generating gun. Unfortunately the big G has got a whole other threat to deal with as well, the queen of the Meganula: Megaguirus!

Woah... this movie. It begins on the wrong foot right away by establishing itself as yet another new continuity. There's no real reason for this change either. This could have easily been a sequel to "Godzilla 2000". Actually, this film is filled with changes to the franchise that just don't make much sense. Why the alternate universe where Osaka is the capital of Japan? Why the G-Graspers? The film has a few interesting ideas, but goes on to completely fumble the ball. So let's talk first of all about the new threat to Godzilla. If you remember your Kaiju history, you might recognize the Meganulon as the insect creatures that terrorized a small mining town in "Rodan". Bringing back these creatures with a new design is actually a really cool idea. It rewards the fans of the franchise who will get the reference and those monstrous insects had a lot of potential for future films. The creatures even get amped up by giving them a bigger "boss-level" mega-monster and by having them in numbers so great that they can square off against Godzilla himself! Unfortunately, the insects are very poorly created. The hundreds of smaller creatures are all brought to life using CGI and it doesn't look good at all. It's downright laughable actually. Megaguirus itself doesn't fare much better either. The idea is that this creature is so fast that it can attack Godzilla before it can throw even a single punch, but it still never feels like a genuine threat. It just sort of flies around, biting and slashing with its tail and claws and Godzilla looks annoyed as he tries to swat it out of the air. Seeing the creature on-screen is downright embarrassing at times too. There is more than one scene where you can see the strings holding the creature up. I can forgive some of the seams showing in something like "Godzilla vs. the Thing" because that movie was made decades ago. This movie has computer effects readily available and could have easily edited those out if someone had been paying attention. Speaking of "Godzilla vs. the Thing", Megaguirus is really sloppily operated. It just sort of hovers around, slowly flapping its wings in a way that isn't at all convincing. Megaguirus ends up feeling like a knockoff of Battra from "Godzilla and Mothra: Battle for Earth".

When it comes to the human plot, it's just as bad. A big part of the original Godzilla film was that the people facing the monster had very conflicted thoughts about destroying Godzilla. If a weapon can kill the seemingly unkillable monster, what will happen when humanity no longer has a common enemy to use it against? Will we simply trade one threat for another, even deadlier one? It made a really good point about the escalating nuclear arms race and how maybe it shouldn't have been started at all. Throw all of those ideas out of the window now because we've developed one of the deadliest weapons ever, a gun that can shoot black holes, from space! Suddenly, if anyone is bugging the G-Graspers about their stupid name, they can point their death cannon at any location and then reduce it all to a big crater! Even worse, this weapon is revealed to be the very thing that ended up creating Megaguirus! So not only can it kill anything, but it also mutates animals into giant kaiju?! Don't even get me started on the non-science in this movie either, it's through the roof. Going back to the actual humans, they're not interesting at all. We get the inclusion of an annoying, stupid kid that accidentally unleashes a monster onto the world, a love plot that's forgettable, a scientist that fails to find decent work or impress anyone despite developing revolutionary technologies and a military leader with a tragic back story you've seen a million times before. The best part of the human plot is when we see two teenagers get attacked by Meganulon early in the film. Their dialogue is so stilted, so badly acted it becomes hilarious. It's like you get transported into a totally different movie set simultaneously on Elm Street, the campground by Crystal lake and in the middle of an invasion of C.H.U.D.s. Ironically, that scene give you a bit of hope. Maybe the whole movie will be this crazy and fun! We've already got Black-Hole guns, killer satellites, giant bugs and teenagers getting bumped off... maybe Godzilla will start dancing again and aliens from another dimension or crazed mafia members bent on taking over the world will show up! Unfortunately any "so bad it's good" moments just end about halfway through the film and you're just left with bad special effects and a lengthy, but not particularly exciting monster climax.
As a special kicker, this is the first Godzilla movie to end with a cliff hanger, hinting at a super-awesome sequel! Unfortunately someone at Toho actually saw the film, realized how bad it was and ensured that it was not followed up on. Not that it's a terribly big loss because the teaser at the very end of the movie doesn't even make any sense. "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" has some charm if you're looking solely at the monster designs and some of the fights and the titular villain has some cool powers but it's a serious contender for "Worst Godzilla Movie". (English Dub on Dvd, May 19, 2014)
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