Goji wrote:There were fifteen Godzilla films made in the Showa era, compared to the two made in the 80's, five in the 90's, and six in the 2000's (though technically G2K is a "90's" film). With 15 films under their belt made within only a 16 time span, not all of the Showa films were going to blow your mind with their characters, especially after things got super outlandish in the 70's.
When you have that many films in a series, some of the later ones are bound to suffer in quality. Most (key word here) of the Showa films still have the best characters in the entire series. Most of the characters seen in the 90's were extremely forgettable, outside of Colonial Shindo (who was played by a Showa veteran, mind you).
I find myself enjoying most (key word here) Heisei characters more then the Showa characters. But to be honest none of the Godzilla films exactly "blow our minds" with their human characters just some were/are better than others.
Then I would suggest you rewatch Mothra vs. Godzilla
, Ebirah, Horror Of The Deep
, Son Of Godzilla
and Terror Of MechaGodzilla
and focus specifically on the characters and how they're written.
Honestly, all four of those films show just how well human characters can be written for monster films. Compared to the Heisei characters, the Showa characters are written better in just about every conceivable way. Hell, even at the worst of the Showa era, I would still gladly take their characters over the bland, dull and one-dimensional characters of Heisei era. Give me Rex Dart: Eskimo Spy over Miki Sageusa any day.