2.08.2009

Godzilla vs Destoroyah : 5 of 5

It's incredible that Godzilla vs Space Godzilla was combined with Godzilla vs Destoroyah on the same DVD, since the former is one of the worst Heisei era movies and the later is certainly one of the best! This 1995 film has so much to enjoy, including awesome battles with one of Godzilla's most fearsome foes, classic Ikufube music, and a fantastic story tie-in with the original 1954 Godzilla. The plot is really fascinating, since it reveals that the use of the Oxygen Destroyer (which killed the original Godzilla) has caused the creation a new species of creature which happens to have the same oxygen destroying properties that can get rid of Godzilla. The timing couldn't be better, since Godzilla's nuclear cells have begun to meltdown - his skin literally smokes for the entire film, as his new lava-like body burns with atomic energy! Godzilla Junior (who is much more grown now and looks a thousand times better than he did in the last film) is reluctantly lured by ESP-wielding Miki as bait to get Godzilla and Destoroyah to fight each other, and the battle is truly brutal (lots of contact and oozing fluids!). Along with this amazing storyline, the special effects are pretty incredible (excluding the scene with the man-sized creatures who are totally ripped off from Alien, right down to the second inner set of jaws!) and the characterization of Godzilla himself is better than any other Heisei film. Although Godzilla is normally a raging beast during the Heisei era, his failed attempt to protect Junior is really heart-wrenching. Now I'm ready to move into the home stretch of Godzilla films (the Millennium era), and I'm still a kaiju fanatic!

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