Godzilla 2000 review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Movie Information 

  • Director: Takao Okawara
  • Producer: Toshihiro Ogawa, Shogo Tomiyama
  • Japanese Release Date: December 11, 1999, by the Toho Motion Picture Company. Running Time 107 minutes.
  • US Release Date: released by the motion picture company TriStar Motion Picture Company. Running Time 99 minutes.
  • Taglines: “Witness! The New Godzilla Century!” “Get ready to crumble” “This year forget the Y2K bug… Prepare for the G2K bug… Coming to theaters on August 18th” “Earth’s most powerful monster fights a beast from outer space.” “Godzilla returns – destroying the city of Nemuro in Japan.”
  • Alternative Titles: Godzilla 2000, Godzilla Millennium, Godzilla 2000 Millennium

Synopsis

This movie would mark the turned of what he should have been a great movie for the Americans. Godzilla 1998 was a complete failure to fans as well as the box office, and the Toho Company decided to bring Godzilla back for that very reason.

The movie starts with a person in a light tower looking on only to find a boat floating by the window. This person versus out of the lighthouse and starts running away only to be called to by the both falling out of Godzilla’s mouth, and while he’s walking my tower falls on top of him missing and completely but scare the crap him.

Godzilla heads towards the power lines and destroys them in a matter of seconds. Meanwhile a new discovery is found within the depths of the ocean, so they bring it up and it does strange things and eventually comes to life. Meanwhile the Japanese army is trying to stop Godzilla in his usual stomping patterns on the country of Japan. The ship eventually faces Godzilla they both fire on each other to a major damage to each other.

What this shape wants is to find a form that he can take shape to, and it found it in Godzilla it is called regenerator one. So the ship is destined to take what it needs from Godzilla, so he keeps fighting with him until he gets what it wants. And it gets what it wants. Then it takes on new form.

His name is Orga, and now the fight is a totally new fight for Godzilla who has to fight an alien like creature that resembles a very deformed Godzilla 1998 and it does have some slight resemblance to that Godzilla if you look closely at the face. Anyway they fight and Godzilla keeps blasting Orga and it does some major damage to Orga.

Orga keeps coming back for more punishment until he finally tries to swallow Godzilla, but Godzilla is not going to have that. Godzilla decides it’s time to fry this baby from the inside and he doesn’t precariously, blow toward a completely in half. Godzilla that approach is a building with the people at and takes out Kataguri who has been a pain all to the movie.

Godzilla is seen incinerating and burning everything in his path, and he’s like a kid in a toy store.

What I Think about This Movie

Well let’s just say when the Shinsei Series of Godzilla movies came into view they took a completely different approach to Godzilla and I have to say its good and bad. So let’s just keep that in mind. I don’t like some aspects about the movies, but then again I do like some aspects about the movies. And here they are 1st Godzilla’s design definitely a good thing I especially like the spines and how they shaped and colored the one thing I don’t really like too much but it does grow on you is Godzilla’s head his mouth seems very large but it does change throughout the Shinsei Series. On a positive note that have improved on the special effects when Godzilla 1st uses his radioactive breath it somehow lingers in his mouth like a big fiery ball and then explodes shooting straight out this is an awesome site. Orga on the other hand he takes some getting used to.

He 1st starts out as a millennium monster which looks like a squid like monster they call Millennian the computer-generated imagery for this monster it was okay but he couldn’t that about a job. When you do actually see Orga is a well deformed I don’t know what kind of monster he is what he has a big huge hands. The one thing I like about Orga is when Godzilla fires his breath upon him in certain scenes if you notice Orga is feeling because of the regenerator 1 cell that he consumed that he took from Godzilla he has the healing practice because of that when Godzilla fires on him and he feels if you notice it does resemble Godzilla 1998 in the facial area I thought that was uncanny.

Trivia

  • The older monsters Angilas and King Caesar were both considered as possible foes for the movie.
  • The producers responsible for the American localization of the film originally intended to have Yuki’s boss say, “Jesus Christ!” when he sees the UFO instead of, “Great Caesar’s ghost!” but decided against it, fearing it would be disrespectful to followers of the Japanese Shinto religion.
  • Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995) was intended to be the last Godzilla movie until the 50th anniversary of Godzilla (1954) in 2004, allowing TriStar to make a trilogy of American Godzilla movies in that time, but the poor critical response to Godzilla (1998) caused TriStar to abandon plans for a second and third film and Toho to bring back the original Godzilla sooner than planned with Godzilla 2000.
  • On 15 July 1999, Toho broadcast two hours of the film’s production on the Internet. The scene being prepared and filmed was where Godzilla smashes his way through Shinjuku (probably in the scene where he prepares to fight the Gigantic UFO). This was also the first time people got to see the new Godzilla suit, just a day before the press presented more official photos of it.
  • According to books and press material, the squid-like alien that became Orga is called the “Millennian”. However, neither monster was referred to by name in either version.
  • The first of the Toho Godzilla films to feature a full CGI Godzilla, particularly in the scene where Godzilla swims underwater.
  • Not only Godzilla’s 45th Anniversary film, but also the first film in the third Godzilla movie series (or the “Millennium Series”) is called the Shinsei Series.
  • The first film in which Godzilla is actually green.
  • Four Godzilla suits were made for this movie, and the main suit had an animatronic inside the head to make Godzilla’s head and mouth move. There was also an oxygen hose that can be attached to part of the tail so that actor Tsutomu Kitagawa could breathe. But Kitagawa stated that despite these advantages, “playing Godzilla is not for someone who is claustrophobic.” Kitagawa, a veteran Japan
  • The English language dubbing contains homages to other films. For example, “I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed,” is from Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and, “like crap through a goose” is from Patton (1970).
  • This was the first Godzilla film since Mekagojira no gyakushu (1975) (and the first Toho tokusatsu film since Wakusei daisenso (1977)) to be shot in the classic 2.35:1 (CinemaScope) aspect ratio. Previously, all films from Godzilla 1985: The Legend Is Reborn (1984) to Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995) (which made up the VS/Heisei Series) were shot in 1.85:1 (VistaVision).
  • A couple of months after filming was done in Tokaimura (the setting for Godzilla approaching the nuclear power plant), there was a real-life nuclear accident there on 30 September, and much of the area was contaminated by radiation. This was widely reported in the news around the world. However, Toho decided to keep the scene as a caution against nuclear energy, in the same manner as the original Godzilla (1954).
  • This is the last Godzilla movie to be released in American theaters since Godzilla 1985: The Legend Is Reborn (1984).

Closing Statements

All in all I have to say the actual storyline of this movie doesn’t impress me in the least however when order shows up the movie some have got interesting after that there are some wall scenes it didn’t really make sense but that’s the irony of Godzilla movies. They still use the actual Godzilla theme Akira Ifukube that was a positive thing. Like I mentioned before about the Godzilla suit along the way his spines just stick way out the color of them are pretty cool they do go back to Godzilla’s original suit collar in the next couple of movies I believe they were Godzilla against Mechagodzilla and Godzilla Tokyo SOS. Orga was a different kind of monster and yes he is part of the Kaiju series now not the worst monster I do like him. And on the very last night I like the part where Orga is finally destroyed and Godzilla goes on a rampage burning down the entire city that scene is very realistic it is cool to watch that part.

Written by Barney Buckley

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