Dec 28, 2008

Godzilla vs. Biollante

Of all the Kaiju films I've laid my eyes upon, of all the monster mashes I've been subjected to, none has been as story driven as Godzilla vs. Biollante. Following up the events that transpired at the end of The Return of Godzilla, we find that Godzilla is still sealed in the volcano and while scientists excavate what's left of Tokyo, they find a sample of Godzilla's ultra-radiated hide. This sparks a battle between corporations and mercenaries which will stretch across 5 years time making this a Godzilla epic.

When the dust settles, a scientist has eventually combined the DNA of both rose and Godzilla. This seems like a great idea so the scientist is a little bit surprised when the plant eventually turns into an aggressive plant that escapes into the ocean and develops a "large" problem. That being said, Biollante is possessed with the spirit of the Doctor's dead daughter, Erika. Soon the Godzilla genes take over and Biollante challenges Godzilla to a brawl. Being a tentacled acid-spitting evolutionary beast of burden, Godzilla has some trouble in this one and even becomes scarred by the excreted venom. The Biollante is a creature of applaud. A dentist won a contest hosted by Toho and created a storyline featuring a plant creature. This venture proves to be a breath of fresh air from dinosaurs and other lizards. At least Rampage and Primal Rage had giant apes.

Godzilla vs. Biollante features an infamous versus set up or match/rematch. While many films have the similar pattern, none explore the possibilities of setting up the rest of the film without a confronting obstacle. Just when you mistakingly convince yourself that Biollante is in fact dead, the creature exacts its own instincts and archaic survival methods, thus resulting in a pseudo-photosynthesis allowing the creature to reach 100% final form and becoming more monster than plant. This battle becomes more thrilling than the last and becomes one of the greater destructive forces in the Godzilla library.

Being the eighteenth film in a franchise is no easy task. Godzilla is truly its country's mascot. Being able to still be able to sell well over a million tickets way past his prime, but there's the beauty; there is no prime for Godzilla. Godzilla is eternal. If Uwe Boll were to make a Godzilla film, I'd gladly watch it and enjoy it. While some entries aren't needed, they aren't necessarily horrible. Then again, I haven't gotten to Godzilla vs. Megalon as of this moment. The definition of a popcorn flick should officially altered to read "Godzilla". Plain and simple.

Godzilla vs. Biollante is much more than a destruction derby with rubber suits - it's a thriving character drama that almost focuses more on the stars than our lovable lizard and various cohorts. While many of the exploits of the tiny people of Tokyo border on creeping slow and bland, it's more than most Godzilla films can say. That being, them incorporating mysterious tiny Island representatives, faeries, and the like. Godzilla vs. Biollante features a psychic but I'm not letting it get to me too much. Godzilla vs. Biollante isn't much of a departure from the original sequel formula, but contains enough zest and creativity to mold an unexplored environment for you. There's no fancy space gizmo's and gadgets in this film. Although, Biollante's spores form the soon coming villain, SpaceGodzilla. Hrm...


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