If there is one thing that Godzilla movies do, it is letting the audience know exactly what they are in for and in this case, it is the big green behemoth fighting off an extraterrestrial version of itself. While SpaceGodzilla might be the main villain, viewers can also expect Toho to throw everything they possibly can into the film including Little Godzilla – because he is not a baby anymore, a giant mech, The Cosmos, a psychic and more. After hitting it out of the park with every feature before this, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla would end up being the first stumble in the Heisei era of films.
Overlong and lacklustre, the movie would begin with the creation of SpaceGodzilla who would soon make its way to Earth while on Birth Island, the UNGCC would try once again to bring Godzilla to heel. Eventually the monster from space would arrive and makes its presence felt, first by attacking Little Godzilla and then the original, defeating them easily. It all leads to a showdown in Fukuoka between the creatures and with a little help from a new mech called M.O.G.E.R.A., Godzilla manages to bring down his slightly more monstrous mirror image in a fierce and brutal battle.
Written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and directed by Kensho Yamashita, the pair would pack this film with everything imaginable and thus make it one of the more uninteresting pictures featuring Godzilla yet. It would not be the creatures that would hamper the film as they always bring the money, but that which would tie it all together including the UNGCC and their ineptitude which was played out by this point, Miki the psychic, the plotting and scheming, the Yakuza for some strange reason and the Cosmos who seemed to be in the film just to pad it even more. There was so much going on that it took away from the main plot which was the menace of SpaceGodzilla and his eventual battle with his earthly counterpart. The human cast was a little bland, the characterisation in the movie being weak and would gain no empathy from the audience as they simply seemed to be there to fill a role. Where before, they were a necessary element of the story, in this film they evoked no feelings from the viewer, one way or the other aside from indifference. On the plus side, the creatures looked great, SpaceGodzilla being incredibly imposing and monstrous – exactly what was needed as Godzilla always excels when facing someone larger than himself. Little Godzilla was a little cartoonish and more than a little childish, obviously added to the picture for the younger crowd, but when being attacked by the much larger monster from space, one had to feel a little sorry for the miniature creature.
Altogether, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla was decent fare, but a step down from the last few movies. The monsters were great, but were hampered by everything else surrounding them and in the end, it was simply not enough to satisfy.
3 out of 5