I have no frame of reference for how most Godzilla fans received this final film in the Heisei series, but I can honestly say this was one of the most awesome films I have seen to date. Though the plot doesnt progress the series or stray from the standard Kaiju formula in any way, it takes all of the most successful elements and expands them into a huge blockbuster that is a worthy bookend to the second film era. After a nuclear explosion destroys Godzilla's island, he becomes over-powered with radiation levels that threaten a meltdown. While the Japanese G-Force works to stop the potential destruction of Tokyo, a new beast reveals itself in the form of Destroyer, who has been created from the radioactive fallout of the oxygen bomb that stopped Godzilla in 1954. This episode is more jammed-packed with action, violence, and even gore than most other entries in the series. It also serves as a direct tie-in to the original film, with ancestors of Dr. Yamane and the original Emiko present in the cast while the Oxygen Destroyer is rebuilt according to Dr. Serizawa's original designs. Destroyah brings forth an enormous, devastating, and spectacular new villain, with one of the greatest costume designs and an array of new powers. The direction and editing allow for the audience to suspend disbelief now more than ever, with much of the credit due to Toho's artistic genius of design in the costuming and stunning miniature work. The extended battle sequence that pits Godzilla Jr and Sn against this monstrous new foe ranks among the greatest monster showdowns to date. GvD represents some of Toho's finest work, and it is unfortunate that it is the last film for this particular incarnation of the king lizard.
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