Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is the 24th overall films in the Godzilla franchise and the 3 millennium series. This one just like 2000 ignores all previous films except the original and Rodan. Not that Rodan is in this movie because he isn’t but some prehistoric dragonflies which were in that also made it to this one. I told you continuity is all over the place for these later movies right? Also I have officially reviewed more of these movies then James bond movies even exist so that should tell you what my movie collection looks like. As far as the millennium series goes this is a really good one. I am not a huge fan of the millennium series as a whole because they don’t really add much. But this one handled the normal formula with a bit of gusto and I found it surprising. the release of Godzilla 2000 proved that traditional Godzilla films failed to attract huge crowds of moviegoers, so plans to give any newer Godzilla films a wide release were scrapped a trend that continued for the rest of the millennium series.
An experimental satellite-based weapon that fires miniature black holes, called the Dimension Tide, opens a wormhole through which a prehistoric dragonfly enters the present and deposits a single egg before exiting through the wormhole. The egg, actually a mass of hundreds of eggs, splits up and starts growing when exposed to water, hatching into large dragonfly larva called Meganulon that come out of the sewer to feed. They flood a portion of the city and molt on the sides of buildings, becoming adult Meganula. Godzilla has reappeared in search of nuclear energy and encounters the anti-Godzilla team testing out new weapons and flying crafts. During the melee a million little dragonflies attack and take some of Godzilla’s DNA. The DNA transforms one of them into a giant able to take on Godzilla. The rest of the movie… can you guess? A three way fight for Tokyo between the monsters and the Japanese defense force.
The characterization is really good everyone feels like a real person and the sets look lived in, lacking the cheapness of the previous film. I like all the characters a lot Misato Tanaka as Kiriko Tsujimori and Shosuke Tanihara as Hajime Kudo are particular standouts and probably the most interesting pair to make it into these films in a while. There is a lot of cameos form people cast in old Showa era films in this movie that only a true Godzilla nerd would catch. The special effects in this movie are great. The soldier’s pilot a ship called Gryphon that looks really interesting. Godzilla has a redesign I find appealing although he does walk a little slow but I guess he is almost 50 years old at this point. The other monster looks a little cheap in comparison but their final fight is worth it. Remember all those people complain about Godzilla being killed in the Matthew Broderick Godzilla? Well Godzilla is also killed in this one by dropping a black hole bomb on him. It’s a really well done scene full of emotion. Oh yeah also almost all of Tokyo is destroyed it maximizes the audience investment by carefully showing all the devastation.
This one is definitely worth checking out in comparison to the other ones to come out of the millennium series. The effects are better than the last movie and even though continuity is all over the place random. The pacing is good you never feel out of breath but you never feel bored like some other Godzilla films. The music is compelling matching each scene perfectly. It strikes a good balance of brawl and emotion that monster films all strive for. Plus the final shot of Godzilla is heartbreakingly awesome.