shinmattiathekaiju wrote:Except Gojira,the 60's movies,the first three heisei movies + Destroyah,GMK and the Kiryu movies.
The 60s had spotty writing. You had films like Mothra vs Godzilla
with solid writing, but the following film rehashed the Shobijin plot. Even the hotel scene was rehashed. Godzilla vs Monster Zero
had an okay plot. The dialogue wasn't that fantastic. Some of the characters and relationships were poorly developed. Godzilla vs the Sea Monster
had good writing. The characters were interesting, Mothra's addition was an interesting twist. It was nice seeing the Shobijin not being kidnapped. Son of Godzilla
was good. Nothing to really add there. Destroy All Monsters
has long, boring streaks in it where the characterization was lacking and the plot turned boring. Godzilla's Revenge
is a good children's film and has good writing for one. My issues with the film is in its execution, not plot. The Return of Godzilla
and Godzilla vs. Biollante
are well written films. Godzilla vs King Ghidorah
is a slapdash film. Good special effects for the most part, horribly written plot. Godzilla vs Destoroyah
is well written, but most of it issues follow the previous movies' examples: poor spfx and movie knock offs.
GMK's writing is decent. It characterizes the monsters and characters in some new, interesting ways. However, characters like Yuki are just bad. She's too archetypal and feels like a cut-out character rather than an actual character. Her friend with the glasses was interesting. The people in the BS station were more interesting than her. Her father was more interesting than her. When your main character isn't compelling or interesting, we have an issue with the writing.
Will I say that the Kiryu Saga has the BEST writing in the series? No. Will I say its the best we've got recently? Maybe. The characters are interesting for the most part. They are a little cliche but they all mix well. Where the good writing lies is in the world. Godzilla films -and most films in general- tend to fail at creating a world around it. When you create a world around your characters and actions, you enter another level. In the lesser quality Godzilla films, the movies feel episodic and that these are isolated events. Monsters fight and the world goes back to normal. Nothing actually happens. In the films with good writing, you can see and feel the presence these monsters have. Mothra vs Godzilla
, you see the fear that Godzilla produces. In the Kiryu Saga, you can see the world's astonishment when another Godzilla appears. Something happens and you can see and feel it.
Sunnydale Syndrome works in some cases and fails in others. For the Godzilla films, it really detracts from the stories.