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The best Godzilla Monsterverse movie of the franchise

The best Godzilla Monsterverse movie of the franchise

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Chris

King GhidorahAdmin19081 XPApr-23-2021 8:06 PMTeam Ghidorah

Now that Godzilla vs. Kong has been out for a while and we've had time to process everything I think we can not objectively look at the Monsterverse as a whole and decide which Godzilla movie so far stands out as the best one.

Now, picking the best Godzilla flick isn't easy since everyone's opinion differs but I've listed off what makes each one the best in their own respective right.

For Realism - Godzilla (2014)

It's difficult to make any "realistic" sense of a giant, radioactive monster existing in our world. But of all the Monsterverse flicks, Gareth Edwards' perspective driven approach to Godzilla gave the film as realistic feel as one could expect from such a storyline. Not to mention, I feel like the most care was put into the film's finer details, including special effects and the marketing campaign. To me, Godzilla '14 felt like a more refined film, geared to a more mature audience.

For fan service - Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters (2019)

Without a doubt, Mike Dougherty went all in for the fan service in Godzilla 2 KOTM. Everything from the sheer number of classic Monsters, to using Godzilla's iconic theme song to introducing audiences to Burning Godzilla. KOTM dug deep into Godzilla lore and delivered abundantly. You couldn't help but geek out at every subtle nod and homage to the Toho originals. Godzilla 2 felt like a true Godzilla movie, from start to finish.

For mindless fun - Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

Godzilla vs. Kong is just plain fun. There was no sense of realism, in fact I would say of all the Monsterverse films, GvK is the most unrealistic with the most holiest of plots - but who cares - it was a fun ride! GvK is exactly what it was intended to be and using points referenced by GMan, the film in itself stems from a satirical representation of commercialism. Two giant monsters beating the hell out of each other for 2 hours - what's not to love! Sadly, there was no original Godzilla score, nor was there any jaw rips by Kong. The film misses a lot of homages and could have included more nods to original Toho material. But, it was its own movie and for what it was, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

To boil it down to 1 single best is difficult but if I had to pick, I would say Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters stands out to me as being the best Godzilla movie of the Monsterverse. Although I was very tempted to place Godzilla 2014 as my pick, but it's hard to beat the abundance of pure fan boy fun KOTM provides.

Do you agree? Let me know which Godzilla film is YOUR pick for best of the Monsterverse so far!

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21 Responses to The best Godzilla Monsterverse movie of the franchise

Xenotaris

GiganMember2523 XPApr-23-2021 8:55 PMTeam Mothra

Can't decide though 2014 has a special place in my heart above the rest

SarcasticGoji

AnguirusMember1421 XPApr-23-2021 9:03 PMTeam Ghidorah

Hmmmm... 
what’s the difference between fan service and mindless fun

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin3917 XPApr-23-2021 9:35 PMTeam Ghidorah

SarcasticGoji,
I think fan service can be done without mindless fun, but it does seem like a throwaway gimmick in most cases. Some movies and shows do it more tastefully and, perhaps more importantly, with more significance to the story than others.

Fan service refers to callbacks and homages to the franchise proper. Mindless fun is, well... Godzilla vs. Kong.

SasquaDash

BaragonMember185 XPApr-24-2021 7:29 AM

As much as I really like Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs Kong, I personally think that Godzilla 2014 is the best MonsterVerse Godzilla film.

sonictiger

AnguirusMember1243 XPApr-24-2021 9:08 AM

GVK is so much better than the other two, I'm sorry.

That was very cash money of you.

SarcasticGoji

AnguirusMember1421 XPApr-24-2021 9:27 AMTeam Ghidorah

I still am disagreeing, I’m gonna stay firm in KOTM...

 

RomanPort

Mothra LarvaeMember21 XPApr-24-2021 10:42 AMTeam Godzilla

I made an account to reply to this. King of the Monsters is easily my favorite of the four. I love the relationship humans and kaiju had in that film, and I really liked how it painted Godzilla as less of a monster and more just misunderstood. It hit the perfect balance of kaiju and humans. I've watched KotM again and again, and I still enjoy it more every time. I can't say I could do the same for Godzilla vs Kong.

KotM also has some of my favorite scenes throughout the entire MonsterVerse too. I could go on and on about them but I don't want to spam images. Some of my favorites are the scene where Dr Serizawa revives Godzilla, and this one of Rodan.

I hope we get another one like KotM so, so badly...

sonictiger

AnguirusMember1243 XPApr-24-2021 2:00 PM

Yeah, but KOTM had character issues, tonal issues, and a very bad script.

But then again, theses movies don't have the best scriptwriters...

But GVK had a focused direction, and it never wavered.

That was very cash money of you.

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin3917 XPApr-24-2021 2:20 PMTeam Ghidorah

King of the Monsters is many things, but tonally uneven is not one of them. That's one of the things I quite like about the film.

SarcasticGoji

AnguirusMember1421 XPApr-24-2021 5:08 PMTeam Ghidorah

sonictiger

I don’t judge KOTM just by it’s faults, it has many positives for me as well. To judge a movie by faults alone and not the things it did right is ridiculous. For me it’s pros outweigh the cons.

alamoido

Mothra LarvaeMember21 XPApr-24-2021 11:37 PMTeam Godzilla

KOTM is my favorite, it expanded so much the Monsterverse, with new monsters and classic ones, i found GvK disappointing.

sonictiger

AnguirusMember1243 XPApr-25-2021 9:47 AM

Oh come on---

That was very cash money of you.

SarcasticGoji

AnguirusMember1421 XPApr-25-2021 10:54 AMTeam Ghidorah

sonictiger
I know it has issues, but I still like it.

sonictiger

AnguirusMember1243 XPApr-25-2021 11:27 AM

I like KOTM too, but what the heck is wrong with GVK huh?

That was very cash money of you.

SarcasticGoji

AnguirusMember1421 XPApr-25-2021 11:37 AMTeam Ghidorah

sonictiger

I never said I don’t like GVK. I just like KOTM better.

sonictiger

AnguirusMember1243 XPApr-25-2021 4:54 PM

oh ok

That was very cash money of you.

monsterzero9

BaragonMember289 XPApr-26-2021 10:16 AMTeam Rodan

my favorites gvk

sonictiger

AnguirusMember1243 XPApr-26-2021 10:30 AM

YES ME TOO

That was very cash money of you.

TexanGodzilla

Mothra LarvaeMember75 XPApr-28-2021 8:25 AMTeam Godzilla

i like all

SarcasticGoji

AnguirusMember1421 XPMay-08-2021 9:14 AMTeam Ghidorah

it’s a little hard when the selection is small.

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin3917 XPMay-08-2021 10:09 AMTeam Ghidorah

SarcasticGoji,
I think it's much easier--Especially with the massive quality difference between each film.

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