I'm old enough to have seen some of the early Godzillas at the cinema, including King Kong vs. Godzilla and Godzilla vs. "The Thing," and I've always found them incredibly boring. The effects are piss-poor and downright laughable, the characters stereotypical, and the dubbing--especially on that little Japanese Boy Scout--is incomprehensible. Every time he yells, "Godzilla!", it's obvious he's saying something else. Whacked-out.
The big budget Godzilla's have all been piss-poor, too. The first one, from 1998, turned him into a big monitor lizard. The second redo from three years back again changed his look. Tiny head, fat body, and too much "human drama" before the monster stuff begins.
So, I really don't understand all this love for those cheap, bottom of the barrel films. I can only assume it's the 70s generation, the ones who grew up watching this drek on shows like "Creature Double Feature" on Channel 56 out of Boston. There's no other explanation. Outside of the very first one, which again is incomprehensible in spots, there's no real social commentary and no real compelling backstory. It's boils down to monster shows up, fights with another fake monster, people watch and run, Godzilla wins, the end.
I've never found any of the original showa Godzilla films boring I like them all even the bad ones and just to let everyone know you can also post in the Toho Cinematic Universe board about Godzilla or anything related to Toho under the Popular Movie Franchises board too!
Ha ha. I love King Kong. And I love the later works of the men who improved on it also.
But I also love Godzilla. You should do your own homework. The original Godzilla is a fantastic parable about the dangers of atomic war and a horrific analogy of the end of World War II. Now that's some artistry right there.
I have found and truly believe that there is nothing so bad it cannot be made better with a story.