Gojira VS Supesugojira (Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla) Reviews
Final Verdict- Besides having good action, there's nothing really interesting in this movie. I don't really recommend this movie to anyone except maybe for hardcore Godzilla fans. I give this movie a 2 out of 5 stars.
So bad It's Good Rating: 4 / 5
"Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla" might have some pretty cool monsters featured in it, but it just might be the second-worst Godzilla movie, besting "King Kong vs. Godzilla" only because the special effects are better. The plot is laughable and padded out but here goes: The film begins with G-Force, Japan's anti-Godzilla taskforce arriving on Birth Island where Godzilla and a grown-up Baby Godzilla (now called Little Godzilla) have made their home. Two different strategies to tackle Godzilla are being explored there: psychic Miki Saegusa (Megumi Odaka) is in charge of Project T (for telepathy), which aims to render Godzilla docile through telepathic manipulation. Project M, headed by the military component of G-Force aims to simply kill Godzilla with their latest giant robot: Moguera. When the mind-control solution fails, G-Force gets ready to take down Godzilla when a menace from space arrives. The appropriately named Spacegodzilla was created when Godzilla's DNA was sucked into a black hole, emerged through a white hole and mutated with some space crystals. This cruel monster is travelling to Earth to kill Godzilla and take over our planet. Can humanity and Godzilla set aside their differences long enough to tackle this new threat?
There is simultaneously nothing and a ton of stuff going on in this film. The beginning is filled with a bunch of plots that get resolved or dumped quickly, the middle is filled with scenes of monsters running amuck while Japanese citizens are seen running away over and over and then the end features a traditional showdown with all of the monsters and a callback to some of the more important ideas set up at the beginning. We have this plot about Lieutenant Koji Shinjo (Jun Hashizume) wanting to kill Godzilla because his buddy died in "Godzilla 1985". This guy is a real moron because instead of using some of the tried-and-true methods that stopped Godzilla in the past (like the cadmium missiles from 1985, or the anti-radiation bacteria from "Godzilla vs. Biollante") he comes up with these bullets that contain coagulant. He says that he just needs to hit Godzilla in a weak spot underneath his armpit and BAM! The monster is dead. Why he doesn't share this plan with anyone else and why he thinks these tiny, two-inch long bullets could possibly penetrate Godzilla's thick hide, I have no idea. This character is one of the most boring, most frustrating characters in the entire franchise. Not only is the actor terrible, but when he is given control of Moguera, he deliberately drops the mission that is assigned to him (which is to attack SpaceGodzilla) in order to get some revenge on the King of the Monsters. He jeopardizes the lives of everyone on the planet because of a grudge. This character stands out as particularly bad, but in truth not a single one of the human characters really come off as interesting. The co-pilots for the Moguera are bland, Miki does very little and provides mostly padding for the film. After her effort to mind-control Godzilla fails, she returns to her tent defeated. Later that night, she is kidnapped by the Japanese Mafia. The crime bosses reveal that they will use her to gain control of the kaiju and take the world for themselves. About five minutes later, their plan is foiled and we never hear from them again. What a waste.
When it comes to the monster component of the film, the characters look great and are ripe with potential, but they prove to be yet another disappointment because the film doesn't really do anything with them. The idea of an evil Godzilla counterpart from space has been done before (With Mechagodzilla I) but this time we get what is essentially an evil Godzilla from a parallel dimension. This creature has some some interesting powers which including crystal missiles, gravity manipulation and beams from its mouth. It can also fly and has a distinct personality since it appears to love beating up on creatures that are weaker than it is. Next we have Moguera (or M.O.G.U.E.R.A / Mobile Operation Godzilla Universal Expert Robot Aero-Type), which is actually an update of a monster from "The Mysterians". It's a cool callback for hardcore fans of the Toho films and it's actually a breath of fresh air to see a robot that isn't just a supped-up jet plane or the robotic equivalent of an already-popular monster. It can split into the separate vehicles, has a drill for a nose, spiralling missiles in its hands, lasers from its eyes, lasers from its chest, can fly, can burrow underground, it's got a bit of everything! Godzilla looks good as usual, but in this film you can clearly tell that the suit is getting worn-out. There's an infamous scene where the tip of his badly mangled tail almost flies off. The highlight in terms of monsters is actually Little Godzilla, who is truly adorable and even has its share of funny, memorable moments. Too bad this character gets kidnapped at the beginning of the film and doesn't appear or get mentioned again until the very end of the movie. In terms of design and look, these guys all look awesome but are thrown into some lackluster battles. Moguera basically gets itself nearly destroyed in every single encounter and never feels like a genuine threat to either monsters (really doesn't feel like a level up from Mecha King Ghidorah or Mechagodzilla 2). The first battle between Godzilla and Spacegodzilla is over before you can blink and the final fight is filled with developments that come out of nowhere. It's a big Deus Ex-Machina that leaves you really frustrated and even a bit confused.
Honestly, I was looking forward to this one because the monsters seem to have a lot of potential but it was a big disappointment. When the best part of a movie called "Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla" are the scenes where Little Godzilla runs around being cute, you know its trouble. You would get a more satisfying showdown by selecting the principal kaiju and playing a free-for-all 3 player game of "Godzilla Save the Earth". The upside is that as a bad movie you can make fun of, it's pretty good. You can make some good penguin jokes at the expense of Moguera, there are so many scenes of padding where people are just running away from the monsters that it becomes laughable and the human characters are also easy to make fun of. If you include this one in your Godzillathon, make sure you put the subtitles on, watch the English dub and just laugh the whole way through. (English Dub on Dvd, May 10, 2014)
The battle scenes are spectacular, and the final battle is long, but it gets tiring after 10 MINUTES! The characters went undeveloped (you can barely know their names) and Baby Godzilla (highly marketed and cuter than ever) is underused. We also have a new machine, Mogera, a MechaGodzilla wanna-be that also has a few action scenes here and there. Not a very attracting monster, but a fine addition. The stellar new monster (SpaceGodzilla) is actually a pretty good monster: it's powerful, rude and nearly unstoppable. Great stuff. The music is forgettable and lacks the Godzilla theme by Akir aIfukube. I know, a lot of Godzilla movies never use it, but the Heisei series where constant on this. Well, not anymore it seems. But we have some crisp special effects and entertainment to pleasure your interior 10 year old.
This is a fine addition, but nowhere near the best of the series. If you want to spend some nearly 2 hours of your time, this is a very accessible movie to do so. Just don't expect the best monster movie ever.
Directed By Kensho Yamashita
Two Godzilla's for the price of one, the movie makes the price seem small. This is the fourth film in the second series of Godzilla movies,and one that has been given high praise by a lot of Godzilla fans,although I'm here to tell you it doesn't deserve a lot. They don't delve much into what happen to the movie before this which was another Mechagodzilla movie, but does give us some thing from past films.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, starts with Mothra floating into space and Godzilla cells combine with space to make a spaceGodzilla as to how the cells do that you'll never know. Their some characters (who are so bland when it comes to Godzilla movie characters at this point you should stop trying to care) that are doing a project to try and control Godzilla and one of the characters try's to kill Godzilla because one of his comrades died because of the kajui. One character can somehow has telepathic powers, something else you'll be asking during the movie because could you honestly just accept that? She has telepathic powers which they try to use with a machine to try and control Godzilla. Earlier in the film though she is told by Mothra's twin fairies that a space-monster will arrive on earth and try to destroy the planet, as to why this character didn't tell anyone earlier is beyond our comprehension. Because I'm pretty sure that if you were told a giant space-monster is coming to destroy our planet you would tell somebody. They see Godzilla's son along with space-godzilla arriving where there are space stones(that's what I call them) on the ground. Godzilla's son walks up to space-godzilla like he's his father something even though he looks nothing like him except the face(stupid Godzilla junior.) The two Godzilla's fight, the son is kidnapped in the end. The Telepathic character is kidnapped under no motive or good reasoning what so ever. Space-godzilla lands right in front of a tower that gives him energy. The characters get into the robot know as Mogera and help Godzilla stop his Space version.
This film has two goals it only obtains one,the other it tries but isn't near succeeding because of all the silly stupid things I noted in the plot. This characters are boring and the same types of godzilla characters like every other in this series. It has no memorable moments, except the fighting of course, that's all you'll get. You might even forget about this movie in I'm going to guess two or three days. I was looking forward to seeing this film because it was a new monster in a Godzilla which has not been seen through my eyes since well Terror of Mechagodzilla but this was utterly disappointing, so if you want to see this or are excited to see it here's some advice rent don't buy like I did. It's not worth much your time. I give Godzilla vs. Space-godzilla a two out of five.