Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Godzilla X MechaGodzilla from 2002 is probably the best Godzilla movie ever made, in terms of plot and special effects.
The film opens with Godzilla rising from the sea during a typhoon for the first time since 1954. (Toho Studios decided to reboot the series.) A young female lieutenant attacks Godzilla with a maser-tank, driving the creature mad and leading to many deaths. Fast-forward four years, the the Japanese military has salvaged the bones of the 1954 creature from beneath the sea to build a DNA-computer-driven MechaGodzilla to defend the home islands. The "metal dragon" has a new deep-freeze ray which may stop Big G. But the use of Godzilla DNA in the computer means MechaGodzilla goes out of control -- sending Godzilla back into the sea, but also destroying most of the cities in its path. As the military races to fix MechaGodzilla, Godzilla returns...
The plot hangs together fairly well, and the battle scenes -- almost all done in suits, not CGI -- are superb. None of the ponderousness or slowness of previous films. These are guys moving fast and violently!!!!
I also found the cinematography pretty decent. Most Godzilla films look as if they were made by high school students, but this one has actual, Hollywood-style cinematography!