Toho had such an eye for composition and color. I could always tell when it was a Toho product.

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

Note: Pluto did a big update recently, so I am giving it another try for content streaming.  Previously it was a dice roll to connect to their view on demand content. I tested this on Brave, Chrome and direct to app with no issues.  Firefox was being difficult. If you are viewing this on your smart TV, it won’t matter because you would look this up on Pluto directly. If you have any problems, our technician is standing by.  You can contact him via drone.

The year is 2000.  Here in the states we had just been exposed to Godzilla (1998). It was a re-imagining of Godzilla with American and French actors, done and distributed by TriStar.  In japan, they got Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.  Of the two I definitely prefer the Toho movies.  The Toho Godzilla films made in the late 90’s-early 2000s would be the last Godzilla films to have men fighting in suits.  Model and monster  making capability was at an all time high in the 2000s, due to the success of things we in the states know as Power Rangers. All of those camera techniques, story pacing and model making lessons went into making this Godzilla film.

This film has the usual absurd device that can obliterate Godzilla. In every movie the device never functions when needed.  Seems par for the course going back to the original Godzilla and the concept of the oxygen destroyer. Always there is some thing which might destroy Godzilla.  This time, the thing which could destroy Godzilla causes the problem it eventually has to solve. Hmm…. Could be an allegory for something

How many versions of Godzilla are there?  A ton.  This link to Wikizilla can enlighten those of you who never thought about it. Movies in the same group as tonight’s film include:

  • Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) – This kicked off a new round of movies with a new look and more serious tone. This is NOT the TriStar film.
  • Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) – Tonight’s film!  Vampire bugs suck the life from people, then become a collective to suck the life from Godzilla.
  • Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) – Everyone together now!  Both cool and slightly kiddie.  Mothra became a kid superstar around this time and had a number of excessively long movies.
  • Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) –  I think this is the one where a former dead Godzilla’s skeleton was used to make the robot.
  • Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003) – Quite long, had all the monsters.
  • Godzilla Final Wars (2004): After Godzilla Final Wars, there was not a live-action Godzilla film until Shin Godzilla (2016), where mostly CGI and a puppet were use for Godzilla.

If you do like tonight’s film, be aware that Pluto currently has a channel for Kaiju films and has all of the films mentioned above as view on demand!

So watch!  Or don’t! Everything is voluntary until a giant unstoppable monster shows up and destroys everything you care about!  Wow, you know that could really be an allegory for something….