Godzilla 2000 (1999)
aka Gojira ni-sen mireniamu
Article 5678 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Takao Okawara
Featuring Takehiro Murata, Hiroshi Abe, Naomi Nishida
What it is: Kaiju
An underwater meteorite begins to exhibit unusual properties. Does this have anything to do with the return of Godzilla to Japan?
This movie holds a special place in my heart as the first real Godzilla movie I ever saw on the big screen. I should point out that when I say that, I don’t consider the monster in the 1998 movie called GODZILLA (which I also saw on the big screen) the real deal, and though there may be a special place for that movie, it’s not in my heart. That being said, the other three movies I’ve seen from the Millennium series have all been above-average Godzilla movies; this one is fairly ordinary. In fact, the dubbed American version plays it mostly for comedy, which I consider an unfortunate choice. There’s a few nice touches here and there, but most of the movie is in very familiar territory, and the characters aren’t particularly engaging. So, despite the affection I have for this one, I do have to admit it’s a little disappointing.