Godzilla vs Space Godzilla : 2 of 5

I took a long break from working my way through the entire Godzilla movie series, so I was pretty excited to get back into the Heisei era with Godzilla vs Space Godzilla, originally released in 1994. Unfortunately, this movie is semi-famous for being one of the worst of the series, and I have to say I agree for the most part, although I still had a great time watching Godzilla do his thing again (even though I had to endure it in English on this DVD)! The big enemy this time around was created by Godzilla's cells that somehow got into space (as speculated by scientists with clips from other Godzilla movies) and possibly went through a black hole, creating a Godzilla-ish creature with giant crystals on his back. The characters (including the now regular ESP girl Miki) all work for G-Force, the government-run Godzilla task force, and while at first they are trying to kill Godzilla with a huge mecha called Mogera (or at least control him via an ESP amplifier), eventually they realize (with the help of Mothra's small ladies) they need Godzilla to have any chance of getting rid of Space Godzilla and saving the earth. While most of the special effects are nice, a lot of the scenes that should have been shot with miniatures have been cheated with matte work. The animation effects of Mogera's various weapons and Space Godzilla's mighty beam are really well done, but unfortunately 90% of the kaiju battles involve only beam firing, when I would much rather see some tooth and claw action! But while this movie definitely has its faults, I still really enjoyed getting back into the series, and I'm looking forward to watching the next movie (which I'll review separately) included on this double-feature DVD!

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