Toxic Toast wrote:
Anyway, this is my favorite of the Heisei series. I actually like the quality Arrow mentioned, where both sides are presented somewhat sympathetically instead of one being flowers & love and the other pure dagnasty evil. I also like how this Mechagodzilla lets humans fight Godzilla as personally and on as equal footing as possible (though it was really Mecha-King Ghidorah that did this first in the movies).
This. I like that neither Godzilla nor the humans are all good or bad. Shades of gray. Godzilla does cause some massive destruction, but he was looking for his kid that was jacked by some greedy/curious humans. Miki winced when it came time to fire the G-Crusher because she knew deep down that it was a terrible thing to do. I think this movie fits well with Honda's quote that a monster is a monster because he was born too big, too ugly, etc... imo, the top brass at G-Force probably appeared the most villainous throughout the film.
After some reflection, I'd say that this is my favorite Mechagodzilla film, just edging out Terror of Mechagodzilla. As for the general series, I'd say that this has some of the best pacing. It didn't make us wait long for the monsters and it spaced the action sequences out well. I liked pretty much all the fights in the film. I don't even mind Godzilla being...stockier...in comparision to his leaner appearences in prior films. Tiny Rodan gets flack, but I like him. He's a tough, determined little bugger and he gives the other monsters some fine fights. Also, Rodan's revival of Godzilla is a great scene that calls to mind their friendship in the original series. This is also my favorite version of Mechagodzilla probably: in '74, he was an evil robot, in '02 he was a superhero robot...here he's just a cold, emotionaless, neutral implement of destruction. I also like how he evolved out of Mecha King Ghidorah AND the Super X series. Human character-wise, I liked the gawky lead (a descendent of Tatsuo (sp?) from Astro-Monster, i think, and a character that would be resurrected somewhat in the Millenium films) and I'd count this as one of Miki's best appearences, along with Biollante and Destroyah. Everyone else was fine, but not particularly memorable. The absence of annoying children and tacky monologues (a big problem in the Millenium series) helps. The "cosmos" cameo was great. Overall, I like the story a lot and would it consider it one of my favorites.
A few scant complaints: Baby Godzilla movies too much like a guy in a suit at times and is obviously one of Toho's more cynical marketing constructs. That said, I think his character was well written and a great way to introduce a "minya" into the 90s films. Also, while I don't mind G-Force piloting Mechagodzilla personally, it does reek of Power Rangers.
Probably a Top 10 for me and, imo, the unsung hightlight of the 90s films.