One of my all-time favorites. This is definitely a great rebound for the series.
My only real complaints about this one are the visible wires showing up ALL OVER THE PLACE (though I otherwise love the presentation on Sony's DVD) and the unfortunate cutting short of Anguirus' role. I would liked to have seen a little more of him than a brief scene at the beginning and then getting trashed
by Mechagodzilla. Poor guy. He's such a scrapper, but he still gets the p!ss knocked out of him.
Answer me this: is the implication that he dies or that he retreats to see another day? Oh yeah, and Godzilla's entrance--WTF? :goofy:
Aside from those quibbles, I absolutely love this movie. You'd think the alien invasion plot would have completely run out of steam, but it works just fine here. With all the mythology and INTERPOL stuff going on, not to mention giant monsters, everything stays fresh and exciting. It's great to see Hirata and Koizumi back, and I think Goro Mutsu shines as the alien leader. But my favorite character here is definitely Nanbara. I mean, who can deny that he's just...well, awesome?
Godzilla comes across very well here, looking a little more "serious" both in appearance and body language. Mechagodzilla is an impressive creation and truly menacing. King Seesar's is also very memorable, and even though he spends an awful lot of his time hiding from Mechagodzilla (can't really blame him), I think he works well in the picture.
As I mentioned earlier, the visible wires really bug me, but aside from that the effects are a nice step up in quality. The monsters, miniatures, and especially the explosions are quite nice to behold. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Masaru Sato's fantastic score, which works beautifully in the film and showcases the composer at the top of his game.
One of the very best films in the series, if you ask me.