The star of this film is actually Godzilla Jr. In Japan, there has been a resurgence of interest in the King of Monsters; a half-dozen new films in the franchise have been made since 1984. Then, to the surprise of loyal fans in 1995, after Godzilla defeated The Destoroyah, his body temperature reached 1,200 degrees Celsius, causing him to have a total meltdown and die. The high levels of radiation that emitted from his body posed another threat to mankind, but they were quickly absorbed by Godzilla Jr., causing him to evolve.
This explains why the current Godzilla is smaller and not as skilled in fighting. His lack of skill is most apparent when he starts biting Orga during the climatic battle. The original Godzilla knew he was a badass and liked to show off; he took pleasure in making a mockery of his opponent. The usual taunting was disappointingly missing from this fight. True fans will also notice that there are a considerable number of people in the city. When Godzilla arrived in the past, people scattered and by the end the film, there was nobody around except the main stars. This time, there were crowds of people gathered as though they were watching gladiators joust, thus undermining the perceived threat.
Like Godzilla Jr., "Godzilla 2000" has a long way to go before it lives up to its legacy. Starring Takehiro Murata, Naomi Nishida, Mayu Suzuki, Hiroshi Abe and Shiro Sano. Directed by Takao Okawara. Written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura. Produced by Shogo Tomiyama. A Columbia release. Sci-fi. Rated PG for monster violence and mild language