What I Liked;
- It serves as a great "bookend" to the series up to that point. The connections to the original film made it feel like an appropriate farewell. Even small touches like having Dr. Yamane's family be the focus again and working in the Oxygen Destroyer again (to that point, the only thing to ever successfully kill Godzilla, unless you could Super Mechagodzilla's short lived and undone victory in 93) were all nice touches.
- One of the best openings to any Godzilla movie ever and it sets the tone for the rest of the film. Godzilla appears out of freaking nowhere glowing red and destroys Hong Kong with awesome music and a fantastic title screen.
- Its a small thing, but is it weird that I am a Super X fan? That was one of those weird connective tissues in the Heisei films that I really liked. I remember being disappointed that there wasn't a Super X-III in Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah, haha. X-III isn't as good as X-2 (Fire Mirrors! Lol), but its still a nice call back to earlier films in Godzilla's second series.
- Destroyah is one of the coolest monsters ever designed for the Godzilla series. The final form looks like Satan, and the smaller forms are ugly little monstrosities. He was kind of the 90s version of Hedorah with all the different forms he took and the basic concept that all these smaller organisms combine to form a larger entity. If they ever went ahead and did "Godzilla Vs. The Devil" this is how I'd picture a kaiju version of The Devil to look.
- The Son of Godzilla FINALLY looks like Godzilla! Huzzah! Took us almost 30 years to get to that point, but we finally got a version of Godzilla's son that wasn't either goofy (Minilla), overly cute (Baby), or both (Little). This version looked like the heir apparent to the throne of King of the Monsters, and hey, the kid won against the smaller Destroyahs! Good for him.
- Most of the fights in the 90s were colorful spectacles, usually reliant on beam weapons, so it was nice to see more of a down and dirty feel to the fights in this one. Something like Destroyah spitting out blood after Godzilla attacks him was a nice detail.
- The whole concept of Godzilla being a walking nuclear reactor waiting to meltdown and take the whole Earth with him was chocked full of ridiculous pseudo-science, but they call it Sci-Fi for a reason guys (this movie also has Freezing Lasers, so there you go). What it does is give the film a sense of impending doom and huge suspense as they have to find ways to neutralize or kill Godzilla before that happens. The film feels like it just has a doomsday clock hanging over it.
- Godzilla's death scene is one of my all time favorite scenes in the entire series. It is ALMOST perfect (I'll get into how its not perfect in the dislikes). But the emotional farewell to our beloved titanic icon was very well done, punctuated to perfectly by Ifukube's fitting funeral dirge. And hey there are other emotional scenes as well, like Godzilla mourning his son's demise. Gets me right in the gut every time.
What I Didn't Like:
- As much as I love Godzilla's death scene, I really wish it was done without dialogue. Just let the music and the visuals carry the scene. Having the characters talk over it (whether it be in the original language or that terrible international dub) seemed forced.
- Not all the special effects scenes quite worked, like that bad shot of Destroyah carrying Junior.
- Like I said, I like the designs for the Destroyahs, but the extended jaw immediately made it feel like an Alien knockoff, which they didn't need to do.
- Did we really need to introduce a second psychic character for Miki to pal around with? She just seemed pointless. Miki didn't do much here either, but at least she has emotional ties to Godzilla, Junior, and the story as a whole.