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TALKBACK #24: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

Discuss the millennium era of Godzilla films! From Godzilla 2000 Millennium to Godzilla Final Wars, these films comprised a wide variety of styles and topics!

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Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:44 am

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Postby Gohi » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:31 am

Man, Godzilla's spiky dorsal fins look dumb as hell in this movie.
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Postby briizilla » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:06 pm

Worst. Godzilla movie. Ever.
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Postby DannyBeane » Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:23 pm

I would seriously rather have each frame of G vs Megalon tattooed to my retina than be forced to watch this film two times in a row. I mean I can still watch this movie, just once every 5 years.


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Postby MekaGojira3k » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:27 pm

I still watch it at least once a year, but that's because I usually marathon the entirety of the series at least once a year.

It's definitely not one I pick out just to watch something.
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Postby Hybrid Gojira » Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:35 am

When I first watched this movie....I was utterly disappointed by it. The whole "Megaguirus POV" thing is just stupid and doesn't work. I actually liked the swarm scene, but overall this movie fails on about every facet.
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Postby klen7 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:12 pm

while snapping a shot of the behind the scenes for a different thread, i couldnt help but feel the need to post this as well... Megaguirus fighting a Pterodactyl


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Postby Dr Kain » Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:55 pm

After having a nice break, Toho brought Godzilla back with a strong intro into what became known as the Millennium series. Unfortunately, its second entry it less than stellar. The biggest problem with this movie is just that it is flat out boring to watch. Everything about the movie is boring from its plot to its characters and even to its nemesis for Godzilla to fight. There was so much potential here, and yet, the execution was poor.

First off, the plot is just so bland, but I have a feeling it is more because of the way this movie’s story is told rather than the plot itself. The movie starts off with a recap of Godzilla attacking Japan in 1954, then jumps in time to another attack, then explains the concept of Plasma Energy and shows Godzilla attacking in 1996. Then it jumps to 2001 and we are introduced to the G Graspers without any back story on them outside of the stupid “Search, Study, Shelter” and they are there to hunt Godzilla. The movie excels in giving us a lot of exposition, but not in the sense that we need it. There is simply too much information missing from this universe to fully grasp what is going on with it. It just seems overly complicated. In fact, the whole Plasma Energy plotline really goes nowhere as even though it is supposed to be disposed of, it isn’t, but nothing comes out of that notion outside of the boss man getting punched in the face. Then there is the whole subplot with the child that was there none other than to serve the purpose of finding the Meganulon egg. He was such a useless character that they had to give us an “ending” to his story after the credits of the movie.

Secondly, either the actors were bored out of their minds when the movie was being filmed or they are just one dimensional characters. Either way, I am unable to determine which character I like least, as they are all pretty unlikable. Tsujimori is so emotionless that any time she smiles it feels forced. I wonder if Misato Tanaka is Japan’s equivalent to Keanu Reeves because I was just waiting for her to do the infamous Keanu “whoa!” line when she was climbing onto Godzilla’s back. Kudoh is no better and I’m not even sure what he was doing there. I get that his former teacher is working for the G Graspers, and that he is great at electronics, but that is no reason for him to suddenly become an instant member of the group. Again, I feel there is some back story missing to his character just as much as the movie’s universe is missing story. The rest of the characters are pretty much just background noise, so I won’t even bother talking about them.

Now we come to the monsters and how boring they are. Godzilla’s design is quite solid, but that is also because it is the same design seen in the previous movie, just a little bit greener with more pinkish dorsal fins. There are no complaints to be had there. I also did think the scene in the water when Tsujimori hung onto Godzilla’s fins was pretty awesome too and it was just incredible to see the scale difference from an alternate point of view. On the other hand, I’m not exactly sure what is going on with Megaguirus here. He sounds great in concept, but again, the execution was poorly done. There was a lot of potential that could have been done with the meganulons, but instead, they just became horse flies for Godzilla to swat at with his tail and toast. Megaguirus himself is laughable. The costume looks terrifying when it isn’t moving, but that is about it. In fact, the movements look fake as he glides more than his wings flap and there is not much you can do with a monster that has no legs. This is something you can say about Mothra too, but the fight in the 1964 movie felt natural, here it just looks like a toy being used in whatever way possible. This is probably the movie’s biggest short comings as the big battle is just as stale as the movie. The flooded city is also a joke as I doubt the city could be THAT flooded and not have a single building collapse. How did it even get that flooded to begin with? There could not have been that much water in the sewers. And why are people just evacuating now? You would think people would start evacuating the moment the water got more than a few inches deep because someone had to have known something was going on.

Overall, this movie sucks! The only thing that is not boring is its music, as Ohshima’s new Godzilla theme is well done and the music fits with the movie. It is a shame that the second entry into the Millennium series ends up being the worst of the era and gets a disappointing 3/10.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:52 pm

I loathe the way this movie ends, btw. Absolutely HATE it. A ton.
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Postby XvGojira » Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:21 am

So then I must be the only guy who actually likes this movie then?
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Postby klen7 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:01 am

I like it alright, I definitely find it more more watchable than a number of Heisei films, but its probably my least favorite of the Millennium series due to some rough effects work and bizarre story choices (honestly, if they hadn't gone the flood route and instead just gone with a meganuron infestation, i would like it A LOT more)
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Postby Reaper G » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:29 pm

I like it too. There are some good, original ideas in this, even if they weren't always well-executed. It did make me interested in what Tezuka would give us in future films. Unfortunately, that led to the retread-ness of "Tokyo S.O.S."
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Postby eabaker » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:27 pm

Tokyo, a smoldering memorial to the unknown, an unknown which at this very moment still prevails and could at any time lash out with its terrible destruction anywhere else in the world.
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Postby eabaker » Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:27 pm

Tokyo, a smoldering memorial to the unknown, an unknown which at this very moment still prevails and could at any time lash out with its terrible destruction anywhere else in the world.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:07 pm

I rewatched this one. I still find it to be the weakest of the Millenium series by a pretty wide margin, but I didn't hate it with the fire of a billion suns like I had in the past. I got some ironic enjoyment out of it, but I wish the script were a little bit better and some of the stuff had a better payoff...like the magic satellite bullet, they should have used that at the end to lock onto Godzilla.

I also really hate the ending, and though some of the CGI is semi-okay, some of the really lazy stuff like explosions and water spouts that could have been done with practical effects irritate me.

It's a bottom 8 or so film, but not number one most awful...
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