LSD Jellyfish wrote:One thing I really have liked about the Godzilla franchise, is while some monsters are literally worshipped as Gods, such as Varan, Kong and Mothra, (and even Godzilla in the 1954, it never has the audacity to tell you the audience that they`re either literal Gods, or that the monsters can do no wrong. Then there`s all sorts of protectors and guardian spirits and all sorts of things. But then we still have, giant insects, weird mutants, robots, aliens etc...Toho has always known not to broadly label or compartmentalize their kaiju. There`s also a great variety of monsters throughout the series.
Relegating Monsters to Gods, is damaging to the franchise, as it puts things out of control of the humans. KOTM is a fake environmental film, because it never actually addresses why the environment is skreeonked up to begin with, or how humans can change it. Instead its like,"Lol just let the monsters solve it, humans are powerless don`t you know?".
Okay, further thoughts: I feel there's still a pretty nice variety to the monsters in this universe, in terms of design. If you mean in terms of origins and motives and allegiances, perhaps so, as with the exception of Ghidorah they all seem to be naturally-born creatures who originated at varying points in prehistory (though the mystical implications surrounding Mothra do cause her to stand out somewhat); but even still a sizable portion of the Toho bestiary/pantheon are oversized prehistoric monsters themselves. Anguirus, Varan, Gorosaurus, Baragon, etc. It's also worth noting that while Toho has had nearly thirty movies to introduce new monsters and portray them however they wish, so far the Monsterverse has had only three
The movie never says the kaiju are literal
gods. It's pretty clear that they're still animals, albeit big, intelligent, indestructible, and incredibly powerful animals whose very existence has an effect on their environment; it only makes sense that ancient civilizations worshipped them as gods. Even in the modern-day setting, the creatures being compared to gods makes sense; humanity, having previously thought themselves the ruler of the world, has found themselves laid low by creatures far older and more powerful than themselves, atomic-age weaponry just as powerless as the spears and stones of their ancient ancestors.
As for humans being powerless in KoTM, that's patently false. Humans in this film do
take an active role in both dooming the world and saving it. It's a human plot that sets Ghidorah free, just as it is a human who (as much as you loathe the scene) carries a nuclear warhead to Godzilla's lair to revive him to help save the world, just as it was a human weapon that incapacitated Godzilla in the first place. It's human who lures the monsters into Boston for the final battle, and a human who distracts Ghidorah long enough for Godzilla to get his third wind and finally destroy the beast. If anything, the film shows that rather than being akin to ants scurrying to avoid being stepped on in a war between gods, mankind has the means and the will to take an active role in deciding the fate of themselves and their world.
I won't deny that KoTM is a deeply flawed film with a muddled message that misses numerous opportunities to give the film greater symbolic weight in regards to nuclear issues, climate change, and/or war, but some of your criticisms seem gross oversimplifications.