Monday, April 24, 2017

Godzilla's Robot Buddy!

When Godzilla's next opponent reared up in the 1993 flick Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II there was little doubt that the battle would be ferocious, and it was. I'm a big fan of Mechagodzilla, really having enjoyed his original appearances in the canon in previous decades, and the rationale for his creation here is quite logical, to a point. I like that in this version he's actually bigger than Godzilla.

Godzilla's ongoing menace has prompted the creation of G-Force dedicated to his utter destruction. To that end they create Garuda, a gunship not unlike Super-X from the 1984 revival movie which kicked off the Heisei movies. They also use the technology from the defeated King Ghidorah (from a few movies past) to build the ultimate anti-Godzilla weapon, the Godzilla-like Mechagodzilla.

Meanwhile scientists find an egg on a distant plateau which is seemingly that of the flying Rodan. But it seems that actually Rodan has been fooled and the egg hatches to reveal a baby Godzilla. There is much battling and whatnot which proceeds from all this hectic activity, but in the end Rodan ends up helping Godzilla defeat Mechagodzilla while sacrificing his own life. The psychic Miki Sagura is able to bond with Baby Godzilla and even ends up influencing Godzilla himself to take the tyke under his protection and the movie ends as the parent and child head off into the ocean.

I was very much reminded of the classic British flick Gorgo by the ending. It does much to undermine Godzilla's status as a pure deadly monster and once again the movies begin the steady process of personifying him and to no small degree undermining his monster status.

More to come.

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