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Review Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II a.k.a. Gojira vs. Mekagojira (1993): A real blast!

genre: kaiju, action, adventure, drama, science fiction

It's my intention to watch and review all the Godzilla films, not necessarily in the right order. But, for whatever reason, some of the titles are real hard to get or rather expensive. So, I decided to turn to one of the copies that was available to me. And this was the one I felt like watching.

I was really surprised by the amount of action in this film. It almost is non-stop. And not going to lie, I freaking loved it. I seriously can't get enough of Godzilla kicking butt. And there is plenty of that. I am sure most people have this notion that films like these are pretty predictable. Well, if you are going to view and analyse films deeper, the majority of them are quite predictable. In this case, the films have some twists and turns you won't see coming. Perhaps not as shocking or devious as in dark thrillers, but still significant enough to add some spice to events. One in particular is even quite philosophical and social. Just when you thought the Godzilla franchise couldn't be cooler, they up the ante.

Godzilla and Mechagodzilla also look very impressive. Especially in combat. You don't need much to suspend belief. In that regard, this film is yet another example where practical effects are superior to CGI. Baby Godzilla might look a little goofy. Still, almost every one, monster or human, can't help but care for him. Although, it's obvious, only one is suitable to be the parent. It's funny, how these monsters are always portrayed as more human than humans themselves. In any case, the monsters look awesome and it's a real delight to see them in action. 

It's also remarkable, how this film, as well, is trying to appeal to an international audience. Instead of just Japan dealing with the monsters, it's the whole world, represented by the United Nations, who feel they need to stop Godzilla. One could argue, that the U.S. should be the main baddie, but they very wisely made this a global problem not to upset certain political leaders. You have Japanese actors speaking English while advancing inside a giant robot. Beautiful!

Overall, it was a real blast to watch a basically no-nonsense, almost non-stop adventure flick where Godzilla again proves he is king of the monsters!

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