HayesAJones wrote:I adore movies that don't take themselves too seriously, but I'd really like to see a Godzilla that's a real force to be reckoned with, a beast that sides with no one, man or monster.
Haven't we seen this version of Godzilla constantly since '84? I personally think it's time for a Godzilla that doesn't need to play the exact same role he's been playing for twelve of his last thirteen movies (not counting GINO). I'm not rejecting the very possibility for an anti-hero Godzilla, but should they go this route I'd hope they introduce some sort of change for his character. A one-dimensional, mindless monster who's role is to do nothing but move the plot forward got stale a long time ago.
I'd want this Godzilla to be taken seriously, by both the character and the audience. Of course Godzilla's very existence isn't realistic, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be handled realistically.
That's the thing. He has
been taken seriously. And I think the argument can be made that the movies and the character suffered quality-wise simply because the movies focus so much on trying to make Godzilla "realistic" (I personally think "believable" is a better term to use) that they forget to be entertaining. In order to succeed, the movie doesn't need to be "realistic" it needs to be entertaining.
The Dark Knight and the Heisei Gamera trilogy both dealt with similarly unrealistic characters, but they were handled seriously. And all four of those movie are just top-notch.
I'd say those four movies are top-notch because of the writing and talent of the people working on them, not because of how they treated the central character in question. Gamera is still a giant turtle. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
isn't so focused on making the movie "realistic" as it is on making it entertaining. Gamera 3
introduces mythical monster who bonds with a schoolgirl. In the first two movies, Gamera is linked to Asagi via a magical stone. There's tons of unbelievable stuff in all three movies, but they all manage to be entertaining despite that. Personally I think the LP Godzilla should take a page from the Gamera movies - focus on the entertainment, not trying to validate an unrealistic concept.
But besides that era, Godzilla's been either a villain or an anti-hero.
Which is exactly why I wouldn't object to a more heroic Godzilla. It'd be a fresh concept for an all new reboot that wipes the slate clean.
From Gojira to Mothra vs. Godzilla he was a villain. From Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster to All Monster Attack he was more heroic, but still a dangerous force. And then from Return of Godzilla all the way to Godzilla: Final Wars he shifted between villain and anti-hero. With it really comes down to it, Godzilla is a very anti anti-hero.