Drewzilla wrote:Arrow wrote:The movie probably would've been better had Godzilla not been included. One of my issues with this film (added to dozens of others) is that this doesn't feel like a Godzilla movie. It feels like a Mothra movie with Godzilla tossed in. To be fair this is a problem with Mothra vs. Godzilla as well, though that film does a better job of balancing the two monsters. There's so much material that could've been explored had the filmmakers been allowed to expand on Mothra's character without having to give time to Godzilla as well.
I think the orriginal Godzilla vs Mothra worked better because Godzilla there had a purpous. In that film, he kind of returned to his roots fromt he orriginal 1954 film where he was Nuclear destruction in the form of a creature, and this is played upon with the villiagers that worsiped Mothra as they learned first hand what that destruction is like and view Godzilla as Karma of sorts. In the Heisei film.....they never really adress the fact that Godzilla is man's creation and he's there own terror reaped upon the, he shows up, it's "Oh shit, here's Godzilla" and the battle begins. Even in the "Save the Earth" message they push so heavily, they never adress him as one of the faults of man, it's Mothra beats him and "we need to take care of the earth".
You're onto something here. In the movie, the meteor is the main catalyst for the ensuing destruction, as it does three things; piss off a hibernating Godzilla and uncovers Mothra's egg in the storm, which in turn prompts the emergence of Battra. The meteor can't really be blamed on man (though the screenwriters try) because it's just a random universal occurence, but Akira Takarada's character (in the only dialogue the movie really gives him) talks about how the meteor is really some sort of bad karma for man's misfortunes. The big deal is the rekindling of the rivarly between Mothra and Battra over the fate of earth's people. Godzilla is just kind of an extra problem. In the end, his presence allows Mothra and Battra to resolve their conflict by taking on a more powerful, more belligerent enemy. So I'd say that Godzilla ultimately has a purpose in the story, but he's not the main focus. Mothra '92 stands out for being the only Heisei film that isn't really Godzilla-centric.