I really wanted to like Godzilla...but geez did that movie fall flat on all parts. Not even the last 10 minutes made up for it. :-\ Think most of my complaints have been voiced but to toss in a few extra sub-comments.
Looks like generally spoilers are being done here but still consider this tagged as...
-What's sad is the reason for all the 'no-fight' fake outs is not suspense. It's because even the writers/directors knew the M.U.T.Os were really, really crappy opponents. No threat in power, side, speed, or even maneuverability (that tail whip was one of the slowest Godzilla's utilized in his combat history) and most sinful of all was the lack of any special powers. You can cry 'realistic approach' all you want but this was pretty much plucking two average joes off the street and pitting them against a mixed martial arts champion. Boring, one sided, expected out come. That why there were the double fake outs and so many cut aways is because there was no way possible to stretch that fight out at all.
And what burns even more here is the had SO MANY OUTS.
*Creatures feed on radiation? Use it to grow?
Then let the damn bomb go off! Kill one M.U.T.O, bomb explodes, remaining M.U.T.O mutates (further driving home your anti-nuke theme) and guess what? Suddenly you have an equal level fight. Which is pretty par for the course for any Godzilla era from Showa, to Heisei, to Millennium. Helll even freaking weaksauce Rodan got fire breath to be a legitimate threat.
Nope, can't do that. Gotta play 'real American hero' with Snores Mc Military.*Big nest of creatures growing an accelerated rate? (Which, by the way, did we really have to rip off '98 Godzilla of all things by making the 3rd act 'kill the eggs!"?)
Then let the eggs hatch and make it a swarm/horde vs Godzilla. Even if individually their ability to take him down doesn't exist in such large numbers they can still be a viable threat against Godzilla.
Nope, can't do that. Snores Mc Military needs another RAH moment. ~_~;
-If '98's Godzilla earns the title 'Zilla' for not living up to the legacy. Then 2014's is what I would call Demi-Godzilla. He's not bad but so far he really leaves a rather weak first impression. To begin with this Godzilla gets knocked over by a light breeze comparatively. How much of that last fight was just a M.U.T.O going '*weak punch* -> *DGZ falls*'? And then a building falling on him knocks him out for well over 4-5+ hours? Holy crap this Godzilla has no endurance what so ever.
Additionally the Blue Spiral Ray...now that almost made me cry. I loved the new sounds, the build up was fantastic. DGZ opens his mouth and then....it's a flamethrower...a blue pixie dust flamethrower... Fault goes to the animators for this one. But DGZ's BSR just left no 'impact' in both figurative and literal senses. Watch ANY movie from the Heisei or Millennium era and you can instantly tell the difference. Sure, the actual 'effect' is of lesser caliber. But because of how they animate it, both in terms of delivery and how things/monsters react to it, you can tell it has more of that chest thumping 'BOOM' to it.
In comparison, someone told me they build a modern era Blastoise and told me they were going to show off it's ability to use Hydro Pump. The old guard did it just fine. The '98 version couldn't even bring a water pistol. 2014 tried to pass it off with a fire hose.
-Major personal opinion here...but Godzilla really shouldn't be a protagonist. This movie very much took the Showa era route, which is one of my least favorite eras. Bad/boring human sub plots + Godzilla as zero threat = no tension. The only reason the Showa era lasted as long as it did/worked with this approach is because of a variety of factors.
*It introduced all new monsters at the time that were actually on par with Godzilla.
*It wasn't afraid to do silly/goofy things to make up for the boring parts.
As much as I hate the second half of that personally, I admit it's very much what gave the Showa era any teeth at all. Sitting there bored after an hour of watching hippies dance and a rather lack luster slime monster stalemating against Godzilla for another 20? ...let's make Godzilla fly.
Just these on top of so many other problems... As much as I want them to have a second chance to make another one...the fact that people actually applauded in the theaters over some of these scenes means they'll likely just do a rehash of the same. Kinda like how we hoped Bay might not screw up the other Transformers movies and instead gave us zoom-in CIA hairy butt and Devastator scrotum in response. XP Can we just leave G-movies to the Japanese now?