YMMV: Godzilla 2000


  • Awesome Music: Takayuki Hattori provides a rather nice music score. While it isn't as exciting or memorable as the works of Masaru Sato or Akira Ifukube, Hattori's score is quite serviceable. The track End Title: Godzilla - Dreaded God is particularly good, with its vocals giving a sense of awe for the title character. One thing that is nice is that the American version of the film placed Godzilla's roar at the end of the track, making it sound even better.
  • Foe Yay: Kataragiri while wanting nothing more than to destroy Godzilla, is awed by seeing him face to face and up close. Godzilla kills him though.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: This line from Yuki after hearing that Godzilla is making his way toward a nuclear power plant. About twelve years after the film's release, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster happens following the real-life Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
    Yuki: Oh, that's just lovely. Another Chernobyl.
  • Narm: The silly-sounding roars of Orga in the original Japanese dub. It's no wonder the later dub changed it to something that sounded legitimately creepy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The manga adaptation. After the Millennians restrain Godzilla, the main characters and Godzilla see what appears to be Millennians assimilating people, as seen here.
    • They were growing bodies of their own, which makes their faces all the more horrifying when they start mutating into one horrific being.
    • The Japanese cries of the Millennian alien are oddly more abrupt, piercing and scary than the sounds in the U.S. version.
  • Special Effect Failure: The movie experimented a lot with Chroma Key to project Godzilla onto real-life footage instead of having him trample over miniature environments all the time, and while some shots pull it off, there are many scenes where the colors and shadows don't match up, or where he appears blurry while the rest of the shot is crisp — worse, in one of the shots, his feet simply disappear into the ground for no reason.
    • Many scenes with the CGI version of the Millennian ship, thanks to its incredibly flat texture. At one point, it is shown reflecting the city lights on its underside, which makes it even more obviously fake when the camera pans to its non-reflecting top.
    • For several effects shots that required the film to be sped up digitally, grossly unprofessional frame ghosting rears its ugly head.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Though Katagiri jumps off the slippery slope when he tries to blow up a building that he knows Shinoda is in, he initially has a fairly reasonable position: Godzilla must be destroyed because he always causes massive damage when he shows up.
  • Take That!: Many fans saw this film as Toho returning fire against the 1998 remake, though it makes for some strange irony when you consider that Toho basically allowed the same studio who made the 98 remake to distribute Godzilla 2000 in the U.S.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When Io thinks her father is dead and starts breaking down in Yuki's arms.
      • For the audience, when Akira Ifukube's theme starts playing prior to the final battle, this brings tears of joy.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After the failure of Godzilla (1998), this film suceeded doing so for the American audiences.
  • Woolseyism: The U.S. looping team handled writing very well and changed some questionable terminology from the Japanese script (Organizer G-1 becoming Regenerator G-1), and entirely overhauled the exceptionally poor original export dub they were given to work with.