A rose and its thorns...
Seventeenth film in the franchise and second in a new production era, Godzilla vs. Biollante is one of the better shot and written. It is a scientific procedural formatted like a horror film. Build-up benefits immensely from it. This is the first battle between Godzilla and another kaiju in the Heisei series, and it seems like history in the re-making!
Biollante is a plant mutation created from Godzilla’s cells. It’s a beautiful monster and the keen photography does it justice. Indirectly, the new monster makes us care about character exposition. Humans gave it life and are responsible for its backstory. That said, the movie relies too much on them as filler; nothing new but something some of us would like to get rid of, once and for all.
While the first half is on the slow side, things pick up at some point and we’re offered the same kind of carnage the previous film, Godzilla 1985, featured. You have to sit through mountains of dialogue, military gibberish, a lot of interrupted monster titillation that do not exactly lead the plot where it should have rushed to until the last minutes. The new monster is simply underexploited.