11 Responses to Is the Millennium Series Underrated?
I too am in the minority in that I prefer the Millennium series to the Heisei series, and think it's underrated. The Heisei films had a staleness to them, whereas I think there was far more variety and creativeness to Millennium. I think as a series it is far more interesting. I'm also a fan of G Vs. Megaguirus - again in the minority.
Moving forward, I'd love to see each film have a new director and creative team, so that each has it's own uniqueness and vision.
Some films in the series I feel are underrated for sure, but as with all movies it boils down to what you enjoy. I love G2000 and Megaguirus, but Megaguirus especially gets hate and I never understood that, it is one of the more original films in the later years and tried to do some new things, and on the flip side the Kiryu saga is to me two of the most boring movies in the whole series period, and young fans especially adore those. But it is what it is, the series has a lot of highs and lows, I guess I just tend to get more genuine entertainment value and enjoyment out of some of the lows than the more critical fans.
Overall I agree the Millennium series gets the short end of the stick, but not because it's overall a great set of movies. They struggled to do something different and I admire the attempt, even if they didn't quite succeed. I do think they've aged better than the Heisei series which becomes increasingly more difficult to sit through.
Check it out when you've got time to kill. I think you'll find some interesting information regarding the films as a whole:
Gman, I actually joined this forum because of those posts. It is one of my favorite articles of this site. They definitely inspired me to write this. I really just wanted to gauge the feelings of the community towards the Millennium series, as well as try to hopefully get people to see that they're actually "okay" films.
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For me, in the Millennium series, there's only one clunker that is hard for me to sit through. That's Final Wars. Quite honestly, I can't say that about Heisei or Showa for that matter. There are more than half of either of those eras for which there are movies I'd have a hard time sitting through at this point in my life.
I probably have 12-15 total that would be my favorites and I would watch regularly.
I read through all of your articles and I commend you for your thoroughness, most were very enlightening and full of a lot of interesting information I wasn't privy to before. I didn't agree with some of your assessments on the quality of some of the movies, indeed I thought you gave some of them (especially Megaguirus) too harsh an overall judgment, but tastes are tastes and I'm not gonna fault anyone for preferring some films to others, I just thought it was funny at the time (I was only on the visitor's comments at the time) that someone informed me Megaguirus was terrible because you had sufficient sources in your article to prove it was awful :P I dunno, I just remembered that clearly because I thought it was so funny, as if cited sources on a film's history was enough to "prove" that it was terrible, but I digress.
I think what I liked most about your reviews was that it gave me even more appreciation for Masaaki Tezuka, I met him at G-Fest and he was very pleasant and approachable, and it made me curious how while I loved Megaguirus I wasn't really at all enamored with the Kiryu films, but it was nice to know he seemed so passionate about all of them. Overall the Millennium series is my "least" favorite of all Godzilla series, but that's not at all to say I don't like it, there's no G-Film I genuinely hate or even dislike, but it's all in degrees of liking.
Megaguirus on the other hand--You'd be hard pressed to get me to say anything positive about it. I don't like ranking the series, but if I did it's easily in the top (bottom?) 5 worst of the series.
GMK is my second favorite Godzilla movie and the 2002 suit is my favorite Godzilla design, so I agree with the Millennium series being underrated.
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It's fine, unlike too many fans I don't experience butthurt over the movie preferences of others, I just like fans to be more mature and not write off movies as trash because they don't happen to prefer them, I don't care for that kind of extreme broadbrushing. All the films have pros and cons, and I'm sure some fans would throw a conniption fit over the fact that there are 5 Toho Godzilla films I enjoy less than GINO in my overall ranking. But who cares, right? They're movies, everyone will have a different ranking and preferences. I'm sure it won't keep you awake at night if I said Megaguirus is in my top 5. Neither of our positions makes us any less "legit" fans. Anywho, keep up the good work.
Well I think the response consensus seems to be yes, however for me it's a hard no.
Granted I'm someone who runs off nostalgia so even if I don't like a movie later on in life having fond childhood memories of the movie tends to bump it up a few points for me, hence movies like Godzilla Vs SpaceGodzilla, and Godzilla vs Mothra: BfE I tend to get more enjoyment out of them most of the millennium movies.
I like Godzilla 2000, but big surprise this is the only movie of this series I saw when I was under the age of 12.
Godzilla vs Megaguirus I have no love for. It's probably one of the Godzilla movies I've watched the least in life, and never really convinces me to look at it in another way.
GMK A lot of people love this movie and view it as the standout movie for this series, but I never liked it. Granted my opinion of it has improved but it still is lower middle of the ground for me at best
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla Characters really just never made sense to me. They're like better version of the vs Megaguirus cast, but I was glad we didn't see them much in the sequel
Tokyo SOS I like this one, had a lot of fun with it and probably would rank it higher than every other installment in the millennium series than G2000
Final Wars Don't really know how to describe it, but it's like if you showed a western viewer that knew nothing about godzilla only this movie it seems like it has every laughable cheesy thing that they would negatively assume with Japanese movies.
So for me the millennium series did hit as the low point. It has individual movies that I prefer of some installments from the other 2 but it's easily the last if I was asked to rank them.
I think one thing I particularly enjoy about the Millennium series is the look and tone of these movies never get stale. Their ideas might, but an Okawara movie doesn't look like a Kaneko movie, which doesn't look like a Tezuka movie, which doesn't look like a Kitamura movie.
It also helps that these films had four different effects directors across six movies. It certainly helped Tezuka's films since he worked with three out of those four. (And pretty much torpedoed the career of one of them, but I digress.)
After a decade of Koichi Kawakita's eye level beam spamming, sparks and glitter, it was a welcomed change of pace regardless of whether or not the new effects always worked.
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