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Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994).

April 20, 2010

The Scoop:
When done right, the films from Toho’s early-1990s Godzilla revival more than live up to the legacy of the first wave — better effects, but the same charm. Fortunately, this is one of the few that is done right.

The story is generally beside the point with Godzilla films, but here it is anyway. A giant asteroid threatens Earth, so Mothra flies into space to destroy it and save the planet. However, through a really elaborate and ridiculous string of circumstances, this results in some of Godzilla’s DNA traveling through a black hole and becoming Space Godzilla. Naturally, S.G. (who looks just like Godzilla, except with crystals growing out of his back, and laser and flying powers) decided to head to Earth to confront the original himself. So, Godzilla teams up with Little Godzilla and a giant robot named Mogera to repel the invasion.

It’s still cheesy (just witness the scientist’s explanation of Space Godzilla’s origin), but the climatic fight scene is actually exciting. The plot winds up being pretty convoluted, but if you can shut that part of your brain off, “Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla” actually becomes fun. It’s easily one of my all-time favorite Godzilla films, despite the fact that the title is really pretty silly when you think about it.

Best Line:
“You know, too many stupid meetings can change a man’s destiny.”

Side Note:
The role of Mogera was originally intended for MechaGodzilla, but it got changed for reasons that haven’t been fully explained (nor really matter, probably).

Companion Viewing:
The old-school Godzilla films.

Million Monkey Theater.
The evolution of the Godzilla suit on History Vortex.

Take a Look:
Sci-fi special effects throwdown!:

Rise and shine!:

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