Terasawa wrote:I thought it was awful. This one offers nothing for me that I haven’t already seen in a previous Godzilla movie. There wasn’t enough monster stuff and what was there wasn’t good enough to overcome the movie’s other glaring flaws. It’s incredible that a script this bad was allowed to go before the cameras.
MikeSTZillak wrote:Personally, I thought it was awesome. It was pretty much a post-DAM Showa film with a bigger budget. Was the script bad? It had a few clunkers of lines. Was it stupid? Sometimes, yes. But so was some of the other films like Megalon and Gigan. I felt that the positives of the film overweighted the negatives. The effects for the monsters were absolutly amazing. Right up there with Gamera: Revenge Of Iris. I thought the acting, especially from Ken Watanabe, was pretty good. The score was (as expected) amazing. No matter what your opinion of the film may be, you have to agree that the score was the best part of the movie.
All in all, it was everything I was hoping for when it was first annouced. Now bring on Godzilla vs. Kong! (just please don't mess it up with the reshoots Legendary)
I think this pretty well sums up what we see with the critic/audience split as the film had some major issues even though it also had some nice monster action.
Plainly speaking, it makes some pretty weird and wholly disconnected decisions with the story and despite monsters being shown on more regular intervals, there really wasn't
that much substantial shown in a lot of instances and similar to 2014, we often cut away from monster battles just when they get started. Rodan's fight with the jet squadron was great and we got to see him in all of his glory but as soon as he comes up against King Ghidorah we cut away and really only see about 15 or so seconds (chopped into two or three scenes) of it. Same with Rodan v Mothra, same with many parts of Godzilla v King Ghidorah. Actually seeing more of the monsters do their thing would've done well to cover up a lot of the other issues with the film such as the script, generally terrible humor, and just plain weird overall messages with how we need to "live" with these giant monsters somehow.
But on the other hand, all of the classic monsters looked incredible. Ghidorah's heads having personalities was an excellent idea and in general, monster characterization was played very well. The human characters were generally better than the first film and had more of a reason to be there.
That said, one of my main concerns, is that the wrong lessons will be learned from this and that things will be worse for it. That critics shouldn't be listened to (because the film did have major issues) or that the audience doesn't know what they want (the movie was just an OK film---nothing great but not the worst thing ever seen). In fact, a deeper issue may be that some of the criticism that I've seen from the "film critics" seem to be made from a typical, disdainful approach to these types of films in general while on the flip side a lot of the praise I've seen for the film sometimes emphasize things that were either not actually there or barely in the film (the aforementioned tendency for monster on monster action to still
be cut away from instead of shown in full).
Honestly, I'm not that hopeful for Kong but.....I guess we'll have to wait and see.