Godzilla Movies

An Inherent Problem with Writing Human Characters in Kaiju Movies.

2,654 Views12 RepliesAdd A Reply

Gojirafan2013

BaragonMember321 XPDec-04-2021 3:55 PMTeam Godzilla

What makes Kaiju movies unique from other monster movies is that the human characters have significantly less agency. In regular monster movies like Alien, Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Predator, the human characters have to deal with human-sized threats ranging from great white sharks to dinosaurs and humanoid aliens. This makes it easier for the characters to have intimate interactions with the creatures, and thus making it easier for them to dictate the events of the story. 

In Kaiju films however, there is a significant size different between the monsters and humans. Since kaiju are usually over 200 feet tall, there are only so many interactions they can have with human characters in a film setting. These include the monsters briefly locking eyes with the humans, the humans being carried by the monsters, and the humans riding them. The humans are also usually relegated to being bystanders who have little bearing on the events of the story. The kaiju are the ones that move the story forward due to their immense sizes. Because of this, the monster side and human side of the story feel disconnected from each other. 

I believe this is what makes balancing human and monster stories and writing compelling human characters so difficult. How do make characters that can’t really be intimate with the monster compelling?

PICK YOUR TITAN
Godzilla wins 2021 Shirt
Godzilla Hoodie
Kong Wins 2021 Shirt
12 Responses to An Inherent Problem with Writing Human Characters in Kaiju Movies.

Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPDec-04-2021 6:03 PMTeam Ghidorah

Jack Capellini

I agree with you, one kaiju story I find gets around this problem is the Kaiju Nemesis from the Nemesis Saga

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst

Xenotaris

GiganMember3918 XPDec-04-2021 10:47 PMTeam Mothra

I feel Godzilla 2014 had some good human agency thing going on that the other MonsterVerse movies lack.

ALIEN VERSUS PREDATOR UNIVERSE

sonictiger

GiganMember2093 XPDec-06-2021 3:17 PMTeam Godzilla

Nah, everything sucks and human characters that are good are mainly shaped by the acting performances.

"Look at us.  We are not heroes."

Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPDec-06-2021 8:05 PMTeam Ghidorah

sonictiger

Human characters aren’t just shaped by acting performances, KOTM had good actors.

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst

Xenotaris

GiganMember3918 XPDec-06-2021 10:24 PMTeam Mothra

I really like all of the monsterverse movies but 2014 the humans and the kaiju were more or less linked. Ford pretty much saves Godzilla from the MUTOs by blowing up their nest and luring them away with the nuke. 

ALIEN VERSUS PREDATOR UNIVERSE

sonictiger

GiganMember2093 XPDec-07-2021 12:59 PMTeam Godzilla

HinikunaGoji

You basically proved my point about that.  Here's an example of my claim: Millie Bobby Brown managed to make a character who had mediocre writing into a really good character due to a performance that elevated a good chunk of her scenes.  So yes, KOTM had good actors.  But some of the characters were too far gone in the writing department to the point that acting couldn't save a bad character.

"Look at us.  We are not heroes."

sonictiger

GiganMember2093 XPDec-07-2021 1:00 PMTeam Godzilla

Xenotaris, yeah that was a bit strange and Godzilla seemed very nerfed in 2014 considering that he managed to get more hits in with Ghidorah.

"Look at us.  We are not heroes."

Xenotaris

GiganMember3918 XPDec-07-2021 4:08 PMTeam Mothra

SonicTiger

I think that was due to the Muto's EMP ability messing with Godzilla's atomic fire breath

ALIEN VERSUS PREDATOR UNIVERSE

Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPDec-07-2021 6:59 PMTeam Ghidorah

sonictiger

to be fair, Godzilla had two monsters attacking him at once in G14’

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst

sonictiger

GiganMember2093 XPDec-07-2021 7:47 PMTeam Godzilla

And you guys completely ignored my point about how acting can elevate mediocre human characters.  Any thoughts on that?

Also yeah, Godzilla was outnumbered so it wasn't fair.

"Look at us.  We are not heroes."

Xenotaris

GiganMember3918 XPDec-07-2021 10:58 PMTeam Mothra

sonictiger

I felt Ford acted perfectly for a military guy, that's just how military characters are supposed to be; stoic.

ALIEN VERSUS PREDATOR UNIVERSE

Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPDec-07-2021 11:37 PMTeam Ghidorah

sonictiger

what makes a mediocre human characters is a combination of acting and writing.

A quiet place 1 does an amazing job, there is little dialogue but the writing is still there and performances are outstanding. It’s not that writing was in there because it was. It’s just blended well

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst
Add A Reply
Log in to Post
Enter Your E-Mail
Enter Your Password

Stay Logged In
Godzilla & Kaiju Godzilla & Kaiju Fandom
Hot Forum Topics
New Forum Topics
Highest Forum Ranks Unlocked
G. H. (Gman)
G. H. (Gman)
96% To Next Rank
Gigan
sonictiger
sonictiger
42% To Next Rank
Gigan
Cool Godzilla
Cool Godzilla
99% To Next Rank
Rodan
Spider-Punk
Spider-Punk
84% To Next Rank
Anguirus
SasquaDash
SasquaDash
83% To Next Rank
Anguirus
The Game Point - UK Casinos not on gamstop
Latest Godzilla Fandom Activity
Gambling PRO Reviews non gamstop casinos
Minimum deposit online casinos - CasinoHEX
Non GamStop Site - Casino Wise

Godzilla-Movies.com is an information resource for fans looking to learn more about the upcoming blockbuster Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Providing the latest official and accurate information on Godzilla: King of the Monsters, this website contains links to every set video, viral video, commercial, trailer, poster, movie still and screenshot available. This site is an extension of the Godzilla Fandom on Scified - a central hub for fans of Godzilla looking to stay up-to-date on the latest news. Images used are property of their respective owners. Godzilla: King of the Monsters and its associated names, logos and images are property of and are in no way owned by Scified and its related entities. This is a fan-created website for the purpose of informing and exciting fans for Godzilla: King of the Monsters's release.

© 2023 Scified.com
Sign in with your E-Mail & Password


Log in to view your personalized notifications across Scified!

Alien Alien-Covenant.com
Godzilla Godzilla-Movies.com
Jurassic World JurassicWorld3.net
Aliens vs. Predator AliensVersusPredator.net
Predator Predator4-Movie.com
Latest Activity
Forums
Search Scified
Sci-Fi Movies