Small step for Godzilla, giant step for mechas!
Beautifully shot over classy futuristic backdrops and photographically astonishing, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla lives up to the standards set by Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla. If we’re going to take the sci-fi route and have metal clash with scales again, we need solid effects, which we sporadically get. The CG is sloppy but the miniature work is remarkable.
You get a varied selection of monsters. Mothra and Mynia make an appearance and handle the softer audience while a new kaiju is introduced; a great visceral opponent to Godzilla and a bringer of destruction with cool psychedelic tricks up its sleeve. M.O.G.U.E.R.A., a mecha from 1957’s The Mysterians, also shows up for one of the most epic fights yet!
Meant as a breath of fresh air, a ridiculous subplot involves hunters chasing Godzilla around, on foot, without a drop a success. This is the least interesting part of the film and feels like nothing but a placeholder for obligatory filler. Regardless, there is plenty of action in this one. Events are fast-paced and the splendid visuals are worth sitting through the slow first act.