Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

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Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
"Godzilla dies December 9th!" - Tagline
Genre: Action
Adventure
Horror
Monster
Fantasy
Directed By: Takao Okawara
Produced By: Shōgo Tomiyama
Written By: Kazuki Ōmori
Starring: Takuro Tatsumi
Yōko Ishino
Yasufumi Hayashi
Sayaka Osawa
Megumi Odaka
Masahiro Takashima
Momoko Kōchi
Akira Nakao
Shigeru Kamiyama
Saburo Shinoda
Cinematography: Yoshinori Sekiguchi
Distributed By: Toho
Release Date: December 9, 1995
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Box Office: ¥3.5 billion ($42 million)
Franchise: Godzilla
Prequel: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Sequel: Godzilla 2000 (Millenium continuity)


Godzilla vs. Destoroyah is a 1995 Japanese monster movie. It was preceded by 1994's Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla and later succeeded by 1999's Godzilla 2000.  

Why It Rocks

  1. Amazing special effects.
  2. Outstanding design for Godzilla's foe, Destoroyah. He looks very creative, interesting and scary.
  3. Phenomenal action scenes.
  4. The title of the movie, despite being cheesy, is still really cool. 
  5. Excellent soundtrack.
  6. The title screen is epic and awesome, definitely the best one in the entire Godzilla franchise.
  7. Great acting.
  8. The ending of the movie is incredibly emotional, and a fitting send-off to the Heisei-era Godzilla. Despite being a movie about a giant rubber suit monster, it makes you feel really sad that Godzilla died, even if his death ultimately ends up saving the day.
  9. Good pacing.
  10. Godzilla Junior makes another appearance in this movie, looking better than before. At the end of the movie, after Godzilla dies, all of his built-up nuclear energy flows into his son, who grows to full Godzilla size and effectively becomes Godzilla III.
  11. Great plot.
  12. At the end of the movie, the credits roll over black and white stills of all of the Godzilla movies that came before it, which actually manages to make you feel sentimental.

Bad Qualities

  1. It's really disappointing that Godzilla doesn't get to defeat Destoroyah in the movie. Instead it's the army that takes him down, despite the fact that they've never been able to defeat Godzilla, and Godzilla wasn't able to defeat Destoroyah. However, Godzilla did manage to defeat Destoroyah in the film's original ending.

Reception

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah has an 81% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.5/5 on Letterboxd, and a 6.9/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDb).

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