GojiDog wrote:I don't like to turn things into an "Us Vs. Them" fight. Politics, religion, video games, comics, movies and TV shows...it feels like everything turns into a gigantic group shouting match of South Park "Rabble Rabble Rabble" level proportions.
So I don't necessarily want to turn my nose at all critics, flip them off, or shout them down. They have a job. They get paid to give their thoughts and review movies, and their tastes might not be the same as mine. Sometimes I agree with the consensus (Planet of the Apes Caesar trilogy), sometimes I don't (Rambo 08).
They didn't like Godzilla? Hey that's fine. Doesn't change my opinion of the movie at all.
BUT, I am more than willing to politely response to the criticisms.
For example, the whole argument that the movie showcases the monsters and has weak characters...um...aren't the monsters characters in and of themselves? Maybe this comes with being fans of these creatures like we have been most of our lives, but I have a hard time saying that this film had weak characters when it gave me a hero that I loved (Godzilla), a villain that was legitimately intimidating and imposing (Ghidorah), and gave personalities to Godzilla, Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. Just because they aren't human and they don't talk like we do doesn't mean they aren't characters in the story. Hell, I might like the Transformers movies more if they centered the stories on Optimus Prime instead of Shia LeBouf and Marky Mark.
Adding to this:
1: There's a double standard for sure, as they seem to remember King Kong is a character and treat him as such. Not sure if it's cause he's an ape which makes him easier to relate to as he has more human traits or a western bias since he's "our" monster.
2: Human characters are needed to tell a story since monsters can't talk, monsters are needed to even have a story.
3: Not to pick on Transformers fans, but at least in these movies I can tell the monsters apart from one another.