Godzilla-thon: Heisei era (1985 - 1995)

The Heisei era is not perfect, but it was an improvement over the Showa era. It was a shorter series, but a shorter series is not a bad thing. It was definitely a good idea to bring Godzilla back to his original roots and it was cool how it grew from Godzilla being the villain to being more of an anti-hero. It is this series that sort of sets a new standard for future Godzilla films where Godzilla must either be a villain or the anti-hero in the movies. It even had a story that connected with each other somehow, which was another neat idea. It may never happen, but I would like to see another movie just to see what Godzilla Junior has been up to.


Like the Showa era most of the Heisei era really dragged its heel and the series wasn't really going anywhere. It's a shame though because the series really started strong with a serious story and then Godzilla vs King Ghidorah happened as if it shat a giant turd on the series with the time travel idea. Not even Godzilla And Mothra: The Battle For Earth made any improvements on making the story move forward. The story seemed to pick up a little bit with Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II when Godzilla adopts a baby Godzilla and his radioactive breath turning red. The series would continue to drag its heel again with Godzilla vs Space Godzilla and then when all hope was lost, Godzilla vs Destroyah turned everything around. It was like taking a breath of fresh air after so much sci-fi bullshit that was added into the series.

 

All in all, I find the movies to be candy movies. It has that sweetness to them that fans like, but like Twinkies this series is over-rated. It doesn't mean that I don't like the movies every time I watch them. Some times, I do go back to watch them again to find out that maybe Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla is not as bad or maybe Godzilla vs Biollante was worse than I thought. Either way I look at the films, the series falls short and it left me wondering why there is so much popularity over this series. I would have preferred that it stayed on course with the seriousness that the series started with, had characters that people can relate to through out the series instead of throw away characters, and left most of the sci-fi aspect out of the films.


Recommended:

Godzilla 1985

Godzilla vs Biollante

Godzilla vs Destroyah


Optional:

Godzilla And Mothra: The Battle For Earth

Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II

Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla


Skip It:

Godzilla vs King Ghidorah

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