I've seen this topic a lot lately on Facebook and though it worthwhile to bring here. Be civil and you don't have to think of a treasure trove all at once. If something else hits you after you've posted, go ahead and post again. I'll kick us off:
- Godzilla's Revenge is an excellent coming of age film about the hardships of living in urban Japan during the late 1960s and 1970s and is a deconstruction of the Japanese nuclear family. It's one of Ishiro Honda's most true and honest movies and the kind of story we would have seen more of had he been allowed to direct more movies he wanted to make. It's not really a Godzilla movie which is its ultimate strength and the use of stock footage is far more intelligent than Gamera vs. Viras which inspired the 'technique'. The main character lives in a world where Godzilla is a film series, so it makes sense he would merely be reliving moments in the movies.
- The Heisei series is the weakest era of the Godzilla franchise. This is due to its slowly decreasing quality of effects (despite higher budgets and more resources), poor directors-for-hire and atrocious third acts which mostly revolved around main characters watching battles from the safety of a really big screen. There's more general laziness that irks me about the series, but ultimately it has aged much worse than any other era I can think of.
- As atrocious as Final Wars is, it's still watchable enough for the fact it at least looks/is shot like one of the more unique films in the series.
- Pacific Rim is Legendary Pictures' best giant monster film yet--It blows away both Godzilla '14 and Kong: Skull Island.
"But in terms of suits and atomic breath, Showa loses."
Funny that the atomic breath in the 90's heisei series didn't create explosions but 4th of July sparks. Koichi Kawakita had a much higher budget and failed at capitalizing on it. He used the Bandai Destoroyah toys...His effects were too sparky and glittery to be honest. Very rarely did we see the monsters with wings actually flap them. They looked like cardboard floating and gliding in the air. That's not using your craftsmanship to the fullest in special effects. Just because the suits may be better in terms of looks doesn't mean better effects.
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I think Godzilla and Gamera should be in a production together, and I think Gamera should win. I love the OG Big G, don't get me wrong, and I think he's gonna last a lot longer as a property than Gamera, but I feel that a movie fight ought to have the flying turtle win it out.
Not only does Gamera deserve a win for once, but spiritually, I think him winning would set off a chain reaction, potentially bring the Gamera property back into the limelight as a character on par with Godzilla.
Oh! I got one! Godzillla vs. Gigan is one of my absolute favorites.
Showa series is the best. It aged a lot better than the Heisei series IMHO.
Godzilla Final Wars is super enjoyable. They went completely overboard with it, and I love it.
Godzilla 2000 and GMK were pretty dope, but Megaguirus and the Kiryu movies seem like they tried too hard to be cool.
I still have no idea what's going on with the timeline in Godzilla vs. Ghidorah (not really an opinion, but if anyone could explain it to me that'd be great lol) Also I have to say, I love all the different opinions expressed here. It's really cool to see how other people see these movies!
^ Essentially, the time travel in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah didn't change anything. By moving the Godzillasaurus off Lagos Island in 1944, the Futurians allowed it to be exposed to a nuclear submarine crash in the 1970's and turn into the Godzilla from The Return of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Biollante in the first place. The Futurians didn't know the 1954 Godzilla was a different individual from the Heisei Godzilla, so they assumed they could erase Godzilla from history by moving the Godzillasaurus off the island before 1954.
For a better and more complete explanation of the time travel from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, I recommend reading this article.
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Besides GMK, I didn't like the Millenium series. Final Wars felt too jumbled and all over the place and the others weren't memorable or exciting.
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I think Godzilla Raids Again is really good, and Ebirah, Titanosaurus, and Megaguirus are all awesome.
I also think that Shin Godzilla was a good movie, not amazing. It's too ambitious and really long.
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