April 5th, 2015 Movie – Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla II

godzilla 20 - godzilla vs mechagodzilla 1993So here we are with the 20th Godzilla movie. Are you all getting tired of them yet? Today’s movie happens to be my favorite of the Heisei series of movies. The funny thing is that even though this movie was made in 1993, it was marketed as the 40th anniversary film. But Mechagodzilla wasn’t the only monster costarring in this film since this movie happens to have the most monsters out of all the Heisei films, 5 or 6 depending on how you look at things. So let’s get on with today’s movie, Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla II

The plot: Salvaging the wreckage of Mecha-King Ghidorah, the newly created G-Force begin constructing weapons to battle Godzilla, first a flying gunship called Garuda and then Mechagodzilla, a giant robot modeled after Godzilla. While the final touches are being completed, an expedition team on Adona Island has discovered a large dinosaur egg. However, the egg emits a strange glow which attracts both Rodan, a mutated pteranodon, and Godzilla to the island. While Godzilla battles, and defeats, Rodan, the expedition team manages to escape with the egg. Back in Kyoto, the egg hatches to reveal a baby Godzillasaurus, but the frightened baby winds up attracting Godzilla to the area. Mechagodzilla is sent to battle Godzilla, and seems to get the upper hand, but an energy pulse from Godzilla winds up damaging the robot and Godzilla continues onto Kyoto, but unable to sense where the baby is, Godzilla soon leaves. The JSDF and G-Force decide to study the baby Godzillasaurus, nicknamed Baby, to try and learn a weakness to use against Godzilla. They discover that Godzilla has a second brain in its hip which they plan to destroy in order to paralyze Godzilla. G-Force plans to use the Baby as bait but a revived Rodan grabs the container and carries it away. Garuda and Mechagodzilla are sent to deal with Rodan and Mechagodzilla manages to deliver a mortal blow, but not before Rodan knocks Garuda out of the sky and damages Mechagodzilla. Godzilla arrives and begins to battle Mechagodzilla but when Garuda combines with Mechagodzilla, the supercharged robot gets the advantage. Mechagodzilla manages to fire it’s “G-crusher” cables into Godzilla’s hip, allowing psychic Miki Saegusa to destroy its hind brain. As Mechagodzilla prepares to finish off Godzilla, Rodan briefly manages to revive itself, but Mechagodzilla blasts it again, causing it to fall on top of Godzilla. As Rodan dies, his body begins to disintegrate and the resulting radiation manages to not only heal Godzilla, but super charge his powers, which it uses to destroy Mechagodzilla. Godzilla finally locates Baby and, after Miki uses her powers to convince Godzilla to take Baby with it, the two monsters head out to sea.

This is my favorite movie out of the Heisei series (and usually rotates with the original Godzilla for the #3 spot in my top 5). The story was pretty original and well written. The designs for all the monsters were great. I liked the redesign of Mechagodzilla and loved the fact that Baby looked a lot more like Godzilla than the Showa era’s Minilla ever did. The model and suit used for Rodan was didn’t look as good as the other monsters, but they were still well designed. The special effects during the monster battles were some of the best that Toho Studios has done. Simply a great movie to watch.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5


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