Because Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla has been done too many times, I guess. It’s still a better title than the last and next films in the franchise.
Honestly, much like the Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, this movie doesn’t give me much to talk about. It’s another Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla. If you’ve seen any of the prior films, you’ve seen this one too. But credit where it’s due:
This Mechagodzilla, AKA Kiryu, has a pretty sick design.
Unfortunately, a cool design doesn’t save the movie. It’s not bad but, much like many Millennium era Godzilla films, it’s simply too derivative to give me anything to talk about. There’s nothing wrong with going with what works, but it’s so much harder to discuss a movie that doesn’t do anything new or interesting.
Still, while it doesn’t do anything of major interest, there are a few minor things that are pretty cool. Kiryu having the skeleton of the original Godzilla (yeah, the same one from the 1954 film) inside it as a power source is pretty cool, and watching it become possessed by the soul of the original kaiju is really dumb in all the best ways. While it ultimately doesn’t change the fact that the movie is another film where Godzilla and Mechagodzilla duke it out, it does add a little salt to make it taste a little more interesting than it could be.
I would praise this plot a whole lot more if it did anything that would change the franchise in the future. Unfortunately, the film following this one is a direct sequel that does almost nothing to separate it from it’s predecessor.
Unless you count the greater presence of Mothra, which I don’t.