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Godzilla vs. Magaguirus: Twenty-First Century Daikaiju,
This review is from: Godzilla Vs Megaguirus [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The first film to follow Godzilla 2000--the feature film that repackaged the famed atomic monster for the twenty-first century--Godzilla vs. Magaguirus improves on its predecessor in a number of categories and, ultimately, delivers just what viewers are likely to be looking for. Thankfully, it does this in part by dropping all pretensions. The science fiction plot is at times absurd, and much of the dialogue is inane. Nonetheless, Godzilla vs. Magaguirus is fun and never difficult to follow. The film features an abundance of ideas, set-ups, and action sequences that are inventive for the series. In many ways, this entry owes much to the James Bond series of films. Director Masaaki Tezuka makes an effort to reinvigorate the franchise with various techno-thriller aspects, although the results vary from engaging to outrageous. The Magaguirus is pedestrian as far as daikaiju go, nowhere near as potentially entertaining as the Meganuras swarms that precede her. Fortunately, Godzilla is just as he should be: wily, fierce, unpredictable, and an accidental hero. The all-important visual effects are mixed at best, though, and quite often integral effect shots are laughably poor by modern standards. Easily the most impressive element is the stand-out score provided by composer Michiru Oshima. Columbia-Tri-Star's DVD release of the film offers a widescreen format and, in a move that will satisfy any aficionado, a Japanese language track in Dolby Digital 5.1 in addition to the English track. All in all, the film does find a balance; diehard Godzilla fans will probably not be disappointed, and newcomers will likely find themselves perpetually amused, at the very least.
--Brian A. Dixon