The giant reptilian creature that terrorized Japan is back, and this time he’s battling an enemy that takes inspiration from him: a mechanized, technologically advanced robotic version of himself that’s supposedly stronger and faster than he is.
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Godzilla's 26th outing is once again a sequel to the '54 original that ignores all the films in between (a common theme amongst the series). The studio again decides to resurrect the Mechagodzilla character and with Tezuka's capable direction updates it to modern effect standards. Nothing too out of the norm for the series results in passable entertainment but a comedown from the previous couple installments.
In contrast to the relatively tame Honda films, Tezuka's Godzilla is a cynical, horrific vision. Tokyo's a nightmare town: subject to the musings of madmen and the serial killings of protectors disenfranchised, with the only fighters left sacrificed for propagandistic soothing.