SuperSaiyan4Godzilla wrote: Gojira-Fan wrote:
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.
Eh, I would disagree with that. Who's more interesting in Gojira, Ogata (the main character) or Dr. Serizawa? In Terror of Mechagodzilla, Biologist Sasaki ( the main character) or Katsura?
A well-developed, interesting main-character may be necessary in a character piece, but most of the Godzilla movies aren't those. The only Godzilla film I can think of that fits that bill is ALL MONSTERS ATTACK.
I don't find Serizawa to be that compelling. Sure, he has more dimension than the characters around him, but that's about all he has. I also don't find Katsura to be an interesting character. The characters I've seen in Godzilla films are a dime-a-dozen in science fiction.
And there's a key issue with your thinking: Thinking that Godzilla films are not character pieces. Its almost like you're excusing the horrible writing because these films are naturally inferior (or superior?) or different from any other form of story telling. Which they're not.
But, can you agree that Serizawa was more interesting than Ogata? My point was that the main character does not necessarily have to be the most interesting or compelling character.
Seeing as Sekizawa was one of the most prolific of the Godzilla writers, I think I will use him for my example as to why simple characters don't have to equal bad writing.
Anyway, the stories that Sekizawa wrote didn't require deep human characters. Why? Because these films are about LARGE problems. The problems present in his stories can affect a society as a whole. Monsters can destroy cities, and that affects a lot of people. So, the problems aren't very personal.
As well, the actions of the characters in his narratives are hardly ever personal. In MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA, the characters are there to be the champions of what Elias want, which is what Mothra wants. We get a muckracker reporter, a goofy but likeable female side character, and a scientist as our main characters. There easy to like, and the actors help sell the personality of each of these 3 main characters. We don't need to know what Ichiro Sakai (the reporter) personally wants other than wanting the egg back from Happy Enterprises (which is what the other 2 characters want). What else would knowing more about the main characters in MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA add to the story? The best thing about MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA is it's pace. The film wastes no time, and taking time to develop the characters is just going to bog down the pace, especially seeing as they are already pretty likeable.
There is also some social commentary in MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA that adds some depth to the narrative. Around the time of the release of this film, the Japanese Post-War economic miracle was happening, when private business was being liberalized from government regulation. MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA, like Mothra before it, was a criticism of the western model of capitalism that was happening in Japan at the time.
In the end, we get a straight-forward story with likable main characters, as well as some light social commentary that doesn't become preachy or bog down the film. The characters might be simple, but that's not a bad thing. Simple characters do not equal poor writing. And while Sekizawa probably didn't deserve an award for his writing, he certainly wasn't a bad writer.