I mean let's face it, the fights from the late 60's and 70's were the best. I think what the later Godzilla movies were lacking was fun. Back in the early movies, it's hard not to cheer when you see Rodan picking up Godzilla and they tackle King Ghidorah. I think it was wise bringing those type of things back, for the fans that haven't seen the older films.
You do realize that Invasion Of The Astro-Monster
came out in 1965, right? And not the Seventies?
If GFW invoked the 60s, then it might have been better. But the goofy 70s? Not so much. Hell, it might have worked to invoke the 70s, but if it attempted to do just that, it's almost impossible to tell. Outside of the filmmakers nodding to past Godzilla films, as Kane pointed out, it doesn't reference anything else to previous Godzilla films. That's not a "tribute" or anything like that.
Now I'm going to agree with you on Godzilla not being the main focus. I just think that the franchise has grown so much with its colorful monsters, that they wanted to go the "DESTROY ALL MONSTERS" route if you know what I mean.
If they wanted to go with the same route as Destroy All Monsters
, then they really screwed up along the way. In DAM, the monsters are integrated fairly well into the main story, by becoming the main bodyguards and puppets of the Kilaaks. In GFW, the monsters get pushed to the side, even by the Xiliens. Once they show up, they basically say screw the monsters and just take care of things themselves.
You're right, as a 50th anniversary, it could have been better. (It was too much in the late Showa era.)
...Except that the late Showa era was awesome, and GFW sucked. I would gladly take Godzilla vs. Megalon
or Godzilla vs. Gigan
over GFW any day.
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS was marketed as the "big thing" back then. It makes sense that they would market FW as "the DESTROY ALL MONSTERS for this generation."
Except that they didn't market it as the Destroy All Monsters
of this generation.
I was on the internet constantly when GFW was in the marketing phase, and I never ONCE heard Toho or any of the filmmakers compare GFW to Destroy All Monsters