After the utter butchery of the franchise in 1998, Toho returned to the Godzilla franchise with yet another reboot: Godzilla 2000.
Safe to say, this was a huge breath of fresh air that my body desperately needed.
With this movie, people often theorize that this Godzilla is actually the Godzilla Junior who was revived in the previous film. It’s a solid theory, given his design. It does seem very close to what he looked like, only older.
This is, however, incorrect. In the plot of this movie, only two movies are canon to the Godzilla universe: this one and the original. Honestly, I do think this is a good call. To me, the Godzilla is a big multiverse story, with the Showa, Heisei and Millennial periods all being their own universe.
Aside from this though, the movie is pretty forgettable. It’s your standard Godzilla appears and fights another Kaiju (who comes from space) and goes back to the ocean. Really the only new thing this movie did was the monster himself: Orga.
His design is unique, and in a good way. He’s one of the only alien monsters in the franchise who actually looks like an alien. Or at least, the stereotypical perception of an alien. But what makes him cool is not his design, but rather what he attempts to do. Do you know what that is?
You’ll never guess, I assure you.
Here it is:
Yeah. The fucker tried to eat Godzilla. Whole.
Aside from that though, this movie is pretty forgettable. And honestly, that set the tone for the rest of the era for me. This saga of the franchise is easily my least favorite out of all of them.
Primarily due to the number of reboots it does. Seriously, very few of these movies are follow ups on each other. Practically all of them reboot the series all over again. As such, it becomes a lot harder to be invested in the series. The Showa era got us invested with a slim but present sense of progression, and the Heisei era had the overarching story of Godzilla Junior.
This series does not have such a connection, and that makes me incredibly sad. The movies in this era are still pretty good, bu they’re far more forgettable than any other film in the series.
Luckily for me, we’ll be done with it relatively quickly.