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Do Human Characters Matter in Kaiju Films?

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Gojirafan2013

BaragonMember289 XPDec-11-2021 5:17 AMTeam Godzilla

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this heavily discussed topic. 

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Xenotaris

GiganMember3444 XPDec-11-2021 11:30 PMTeam Mothra

Ummmm depends if they are crucial to the plot like the Fords from 2014 or Emiko and Serizawa from the 1954 original

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Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPDec-12-2021 12:05 AMTeam Ghidorah

Xenotaris

Exactly. 

You could have a kaiju movie without humans and having it focus on the monsters and anthropomorphizing them.

It depends on what story you want to tell.

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4578 XPDec-12-2021 4:57 PMTeam Ghidorah

HinikunaGoji,
I guess if it's a Disney situation and they talk and sing. Otherwise, the furthest this concept could get as a viable storytelling piece is a short.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

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Mothra LarvaeMember16 XPDec-13-2021 6:02 AMTeam Ghidorah

Even though the movies mostly focus on kaijus, the human characters still count as well.  There are a few movies in which a human helps Godzilla defeat a kaiju. An example is Godzilla (2014). It would either be a short, mini movie or Godzilla would've been killed. 

 

 

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TitanosaurusMember777 XPDec-13-2021 9:03 AMTeam Rodan

*cough*invasion of astro-monster*cough*

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G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4578 XPDec-13-2021 10:24 AMTeam Ghidorah

^^^

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

sonictiger

RodanMember1983 XPDec-13-2021 3:10 PMTeam Godzilla

Listen, human characters feel rather forced and unjustified these days.  The only characters that I felt had a justified reason to show up were the Brodys and the Russells and even then they were largely unneeded.

"If You Expect Disappointment, Then You Can Never Really Get Disappointed."

Djdndnejwnwn

GiganMember3193 XPDec-13-2021 9:42 PMTeam Ghidorah

sonictiger

they felt a lot more natural in Singular Point, and I’m not sure I would describe it as forced.

I loved the first scene in KOTM

expecting the worst, sets you up for thr worst

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4578 XPDec-13-2021 9:47 PMTeam Ghidorah

Even when the characters don't work, I don't think having characters in a kaiju film ever feels forced--In fact it feels very natural. These stories are by and large about how people react to a world inhabited by monsters and what that means for them. That's about 90% of what the genre is right there.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."
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