Just finished GRA. Like Varan, I decided to watch it because it's one of the least watched Toho titles I have.
This too, is somewhat under-rated IMO. Godzilla's suit isn't as good as the last time around, nor are the special effects as consistently good (some are good, some are definitely not). But the battle, odd sped up moments aside, was lengthy and engaging, the score was excellent, and it's well paced. The on-screen kaiju moments don't feel as coordinated and cookie-cutter, somehow. It's flawed, though. In addition to the above issues, the score really the only part that successfully recreates the darker, more brooding atmosphere of the original. The characters are comparatively forgettable in regards to G54, although they are surely par for the genre otherwise. The movie itself is more standard fare giant monster stuff, rather than the politically charged commentary that was the first movie, but again if that's par for the genre at the time then it's not a big issue. It's better than I remember, and actually moves up the meter of Showa Godzilla films. I'll have to watch this one more often and see if that changes.
6.5/10 (previously it looks like I gave it a 4/10)
한국, 일본: 친교
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Ian Maclaren