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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The U.S. cut has the Soviets intentionally launching a missile while the original version has the agent trying to stop it. Also Godzilla is portrayed a bit more fiercely, upon finding the source of the bird call he seems angry and moves to attack. Only for a maser cannon to fire and save them. The original cut has Godzilla calm and then its ruined by a maser attack.
  • Awesome Music: Unable to get Akira Ifukube back, Toho hired Reijiro Koroku to compose the film’s score, in what is arguably one of the series most ambient, suspenseful and all around entertaining scores out there. The title theme alone perfectly exemplifies the film’s darker turn from the superhero days of old.
    • The Super X theme, elegant as it is fist pumping.
  • Better Than Canon: While the Japanese cut is considered the superior version of the film by many fans, some of these same fans have admitted that the American cut using a medley of the film’s score was a better move than to use a pop song written for the movie as it avoided Soundtrack Dissonance.
  • Character Rerailment: Possibly the reason why Godzilla is a destructive monster rather than his Showa counterpart.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics absolutely despised the movie when it came out in the U.S so much Godzilla (As in the character himself) was nominated for Worst New Star. But fans themselves generally see it as a great movie, especially its original Japanese cut, and a worthy return of the King the monsters.
  • Moment of Awesome: Godzilla's showdown with the Super X; the airship is able to incapacitate Godzilla with Cadmium missiles - quite painfully, it seems. The beast is fully unconscious until the nuclear missile detonates over the city. The resulting radioactive storms revive and recharge Godzilla, who sees - and recognizes - the Super X, and what can only be described as a duel ensues; Godzilla's atomic breath versus the X's artillery (notably, they are out of Cadmium missiles at this point) with the city getting thoroughly trashed. The fight reaches its climax when Godzilla finally downs the airship with his atomic breath, then, literally, drops a building on it to finish it off.
    • Adding to the utter badassery of the previous and to punctuate his win, Godzilla then turns to the camera and gives a subtle, yet distinctive victory roar.
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  • Narm: In his design for this film, Godzilla's irises are set very high up in his eyes, meaning certain specific angles can make his gaze look rather derpy.
  • Narm Charm: The international dub features most of the same cast as Macross: Do You Remember Love?'s and has all of the same super thick mid-Atlantic accents, stilted dialogue, and hammy deliveries.
    • "Godziller is eating...his supper."
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Being a Godzilla film (but not directed by Ishiro Honda), nuclear weapons being used was the major issue and the whole point of the film, like in the original. But unlike the original film, where Godzilla was used as a living personification of nuclear weapons, it's the usage of nuclear weapons that drives the point of the film. The major debate was the usage of a small-scaled nuclear weapon that would only affect short portions of a major city, while the atom bombs in 1945 were city-wide destructive. The Japanese are still were affected by this, and the Prime Minister had to thoroughly convince the leaders of USSR and United States if they had to do the same despite civilian casualties. Unfortunately, this issue was removed in the 1985 cut in favor of presenting the Soviets as Omnicidal Maniacs, just to shoehorn a heavy handed pro-American aesop into the film.
  • Tear Jerker: The volcano scene, especially in the Godzilla 1985 reedit where Raymond Burr gives off what may arguably one of his best film quotes of his career.
    Nature has a way sometimes of reminding man of just how small he is. She occasionally throws up terrible offspring’s of our pride and carelessness to remind us of how puny we really are in the face of a tornado, an earthquake, or a Godzilla. The reckless ambitions of man are often dwarfed by their dangerous consequences. For now, Godzilla, that strangely innocent and tragic monster, has gone to earth. Whether he returns or not, or is never again seen by human eyes, the things he has taught us… remain…
    • The cues that play when Godzilla leaves Tokyo and enters Mount Mihara is surprisingly low key and somber compared to the more bombastic and gothic sounding pieces heard throughout.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: This is not a bad film, but not the kind most actors would go to the mat for. When the film was getting ready to be Americanized as Godzilla 1985, Raymond Burr was brought back to reprise his role from the Americanization of the first Godzilla film. He was told that they were trying to add a lighter tone to the dark, gothic film and that the writers had given him lots of funny lines. He turned them down cold, saying he took Godzilla's Japanese nuclear subtext very seriously, as it was portrayed in both the original and this film, and that he would only perform in a serious role. He likewise refused to help with any of the Dr. Pepper product placement in the film, note  and in the final product gives a deep, thoughtful performance at odds with much of the goofiness surrounding him, making him a highlight for many who prefer the original film to the recut.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Toho took out Godzilla's death cry on the Japanese home video releases as one executive at Toho said "Godzilla shouldn't scream."
  • Uncanny Valley: A certain closeup of Godzilla looked a bit... off. The scene in question is when the crew of the Super X were about to leave, it shows his face in an odd manner.


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