The seventeenth installment in the franchise Godzilla vs. Biollante picks up the ball from Return of Godzilla and runs with it excellently. It’s really the perfect follow up to the last movie and continues the darker more grounded feel of the new continuity. This was the first “monster vs. monster” film from this rebooted series featuring a new monster called Biollante. I also like that they came up with a brand new monster rather than rebooting the old ones. It also introduced into the Heisei series one of my favorite characters, Miki Saegusa played by Megumi Odaka. Mika Saegusa is a psychic and a recurring role referenced or seen throughout the rest of the Heisei series. I’ll say it right now if you haven’t guess I love the Heisei series and this one is easily, one of the more enjoyable Godzilla movies around.
The story is one of the strongest aspects of the film it builds fantastically and is both fun and exciting. Following Godzilla’s attack in the mid-1980’s on Tokyo, which caused the monster to tumble into the depths of Mount Mihara, some of Godzilla cells have been recovered for study by Doctor Shiragami then experiments on the cells with plants. But other people want the cells for their own purposes and in the conflict Doctor Genichiro Shiragami‘s daughter is killed. A few years later, a group of ESP trained children, taught under Miki Saegusa, predict Godzilla’s eminent return. Yeah it’s silly but come on it’s a school for psychics it’s pretty awesome. Miki Saegusa is an amazing character and I love the subdued performance by Megumi Odka. In fact I think I just love Megumi Odka.
This is getting too personal let’s get back to the movie with psychics and giant monsters. The organization becomes interested in the doctor’s work again, and dispatches agents to Shiragami’s laboratory to secure the research. While there, the two men come across Biollante, the unintended result of Shiragami’s experiments. Biollante manages to kill one of the agents. The half plant monster then makes its way to nearby Lake Hashi where it increases in size as he grows so does the tension. Leading to of course fights, action sequences, and a brilliant finale.
No kidding Biollante is one of my favorite Toho monsters I mean just look at him. He’s huge with giant awesome tendrils! Biollante is way taller than Godzilla and has a huge variety of attacks even spiting acid like a Ridley Scott alien. The special effects team must have had a blast putting him together and setting up the fights between the two monsters. Most of Godzilla’s enemies all look a little too much like a man in a suit where as this one is the first one to blow me away with its design. In fact all the special effects are notable. There is a retooled Super X 2 which is not as impressive as the first one but still is pretty well done. There is a scene where Godzilla destroys a whole city (I know shock, huh?) and it’s the finest example of miniatures yet. I really like this one, it’s so much 80’s awesome but there are flaws. There is little character development, and some of the scenes go on slightly too long but the story is well written, the acting is superb (I love you Megumi Odka!), and the special effects are excellent.
Best Moment of Destruction: Biollante swallows Godzilla. Terrible. Terrible. Choice.