For the record, I don't hate the Heisei series. It has it's ups and downs, and there are films that I really enjoy, such as Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II. Aside from GFW, there is at least one thing I enjoy about every single Godzilla film.
If you want my overall feelings on the Heisei series, here they are from the "Discussion: The Heisei Age" thread:
I'd say that the Heisei series in general is a disappointment. I don't hate it, nor is it that bad. But it could have been so much more than what it was. Made at an age when the special effects were better than the 60s and 70s, with bigger budgets and a company more willing to help out than in the past. Yet, the results weren't impressive. Not even close to what the Showa series was.
The Return Of Godzilla: Outside of the atmosphere of the film and the music, its a pretty boring film. It doesn't take any chances that any other Godzilla film has taken, therefore it doesn't feel special or memorable. Godzilla's attack on Tokyo lasts most of the film, and gets old pretty fast. The characters aren't memorable and one-dimensional, yet most of what happens throughout the film happens to them. For that reason, I don't care about the characters or the action itself. Overall, there are a few nice things about it, but its not a good Godzilla film.
Godzilla vs. Biollante: Probably the best of the Heisei series. A story that stays interesting, even when Godzilla's not around, characters that are interesting and complex (especially Dr. Shiragami), and it manages to intertwine the human story and the monster story together very nicely to make it feel complete (rather than most of the Heisei series). The action scenes are fun to watch, last long enough to the point where they don't become stale and feel very reminiscent of the Showa era, which is always nice. Not to mention the music is very atmospheric and pumps new life into some scenes.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah: A pretty good film, at least the second half of the film is. The plot is a typical time travel scenario, and gets old, if not a little confusing, at certain points. The film doesn't get interesting until Godzilla finally shows up to fight King Ghidorah, where it then becomes awesome. The fight scenes between Godzilla and Ghidorah are what all of the fights in the Heisei series should have been like, but usually failed. The effects could be bad sometimes (like King Ghidorah flying), but I'm more willing to accept those bad effects if what's going on is interesting. This one really feels like two different films, the first half coming off like a combination of Invasion Of The Astro-Monster and Back To The Future, while the second half feels a bit like the best parts of Godzilla vs. Biollante.
Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth: *sigh* This is the worst film of the Heisei series, by far. Its uninteresting, uninspired and just an overall bad time. My main complaint is that there is nothing original about this film. Everything about it is stolen from at least one other source, especially Mothra and Mothra vs. Godzilla, both of which are WAY better films, so why not watch those films instead? On top of that, why is Godzilla even in this film? Godzilla offers up nothing to this film, and could have easily been written out. All he provides is someone for Mothra to fight, which could have been done through Battra. It's just not a good film.
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II: It knows exactly what it wants to be: a daikaiju film that has Godzilla fighting MechaGodzilla. It sticks to that, and keeps my attention for its run time. The effects are pretty good, the fights are pretty damn cool, if not a little slow, and I really like the ending. The story is uninteresting, as are the characters, but the film knows that the audience isn't here to see characters talk, and packs in as much action as possible. So, I like the film for at least knowing that its here to have a bunch of action and effects, with as little story as possible.
Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla: The final fight is fun to watch. That's the only good thing that I can say about it. Other than that, the effects suck, the story is uninteresting, the characters bland or cliche, and is just all around Heisei badness. But, once it finally gets to Godzilla and MOGUERA against Space Godzilla, that's when the film begins. Its pretty bad, but not the worst.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: For the death of Godzilla, it's a pretty boring film, much like The Return Of Godzilla. The opening attack is pretty standard Godzilla-fare, and then its becomes about the blandest characters imaginable. My main complaint with the film is that the characters we follow know that Godzilla is dying, and for most of the film, believe that his death will lead to the end of all life on earth. Yet, they seem unaffected by this. These characters just don't seem to give a damn that the world could be ending at any minute. These people should be losing their nerves, breaking down in cold sweats or tears, trembling while doing the simplest of things, cracking under the pressure that they face (being the ones to have to stop Godzilla's meltdown). That would have made for a more interesting film. Instead, these people don't do a damn thing, and make for uninteresting characters. Since we follow them for most of the film, that makes the film uninteresting. However, I will say that the last 10 or 15 minutes of the film are amazing, and some of the most powerful moments in the entire Godzilla franchise. It saves the film, but not enough for me to say that it's one of the better Godzilla films.
When I first watched the Heisei series as a kid, I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the Showa series. But, as I grew older, I started to appreciate the Showa series for its story and characters as much as I did for its action scenes. I can't say the same for the Heisei series. I feel like most of the entries in it were quick cash-ins for Toho, especially after Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth. Entries that have no thought put into them, and built only with the intention of pleasing the audience for an hour and a half, and making some money in the process. These films could have been better than most of the Showa films, which is why I'm so disappointed by them. What could have been something great and awesome, became a mixed bag of a few good films and some pretty bad disappointing ones.