Movie Name: Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
Well, the special effects are good, at least most
of the time. Unfortunately,there are surprising lapses, and we've got
another cheesy monster on our hands. This time, some Godzilla cells
have managed to make it into space where they fell through a black hole,
emerged in another part of the galaxy, and mutated into an "evil"
version of Godzilla with telekinesis! Space godzilla looks just like regular
Godzilla, except he has some giant plastic "crystals" glued to his
back. Of course, he is filled with an uncontrollable urge to return to earth,
who knows how, and kill the real Godzilla. Considering how good
"Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla" was, it was really disappointing to
see the U.N.'s latest mechanized anti-Godzilla weapon, MOGERA ["Mobile
Operation Godzilla Expert Robot Aero-type"],in action. It looked and
sounded like the 12" model it was, especially when flying in space.
Plus, the "asteroid field" looked just like a bunch of styrofoam
balls suspended in front of a velvet backdrop! [NOTE -- I had previously
given this 2 1/2 "godzillas", but after watching it again I
downgraded it to 2 "godzillas". A large part of that, though, is
the sheer disappointment factor involved when comparing it to "Godzilla
vs. King Ghidorah", "Godzilla vs. Mothra" and "Godzilla
vs. Mechagodzilla". I mean, "King Ghidrah" had it's cheesy
moments, to be sure, but they were fun cheesy moments. There were too
many spots in "Spacegodzilla" which were just badly done! My
sincere apologies to Christian Dupuis, who has repeatedly tried in vain to
convince me what a wonderful movie "Spacegodzilla" is.]
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O.K. -- In response to the numerous people who have
e-mailed me demanding to know why, exactly, I thought the movie was dumb,
here are my top 7 reasons:
- The space battle scene in the asteroid belt looked like
styrofoam balls stuck to a velvet background!
- The space ship in the aforementioned scene looked like
a Pepsi Can [O.K. -- a Coors Light can] with wings.
- "Little Godzilla" looks like a cross between
the Pillsbury Doughboy and Barney! When he was first introduced in
"Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla" as "Baby Godzilla", he
looked like a juvenile mutant dinosaur, which is what he was. Now, however,
they've decided to make him look "cute". That would be fine if the
movie as a whole was intended to be lighthearted (a la "Son of
Godzilla"), but this is apparently not the case. Here, it's just
- The entire explanation for Space Godzilla's existence
was completely ludicrous. I mean, Godzilla cells somehow manage to make
it into space, accidentally fall into a black hole [regardless of the fact
that there isn't one within lightyears of here, if at all], then come out
of a white hole at the far end of the galaxy, mutate into a punked-out
clone of Godzilla who manages to find his way back across the galaxy to
earth, etc., etc., etc.
- The "crystals" on Space Godzilla's back look
like plastic ice cubes.
- Mechagodzilla was so well done, that Space Godzilla was
a huge disappointment by comparison.
And finally, the number one reason....
- Mogera looks like Woody Woodpecker!!!
Gojira tai Supesu Gojira [Godzilla vs Space Godzilla] (1994)
Kohji Shinjo..................Jun Hashizume
Chika Gondo................Towako Yoshikawa
Miki Saegusa...................Megumi Odaka
Kiyoshi Sato..............Zenkichi Yoneyama
Susumu Ohkubo..................Yosuke Saito
Commander Takaaki Asou..........Akira Nakao
Special Effects.............Koichi Kawakita
Running Time: 108 min.
Released direct to video by TriStar Pictures
Running Time: 108 min.
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