I saw this recently – MonsterVerse Has Done Godzilla Better Than Toho’s Shin Godzilla: https://screenrant.com/shin-godzilla-monsterverse-toho-comparison-accurate-better/. Longer article, but here’s a small portion of it.
Legendary’s MonsterVerse has been more faithful to who Godzilla is and has handled the monster better than his owners, Toho, did in Shin Godzilla.
BY NICHOLAS RAYMOND 4 days ago
The MonsterVerse has handled Godzilla better than Toho did in Shin Godzilla. There have been two different live-actions versions of the King of the Monsters since Toho brought the franchise to a halt after Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004. After acquiring the rights, Legendary and Warner Bros. made what was only the second American adaptation of Godzilla, which released in 2014, and followed it up with a sequel in 2019. A third movie, Godzilla vs. Kong, is coming in 2021. Meanwhile, the renewed interest in their mascot caused Toho to make Shin Godzilla in 2016.
Shin Godzilla shifted away from the standard formula of Toho’s Godzilla movies. Instead of defending Japan from other creatures, Godzilla’s main enemy in the reboot film is humanity itself. After arriving on land, Godzilla’s destructive attacks forces the Japanese government to go to great lengths to defeat him. Over the course of the movie, Godzilla goes through multiple evolutions and causes a great deal of problems for the movie’s human protagonists. Nonetheless, Godzilla is defeated by the end of the movie. Though a sequel was teased by the ending, Toho has expressed interest in going in a different direction with its next Godzilla movies.
What is Kaiju?
As part of my on-again, off-again Godzilla/Kaiju series – https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/kaiju/, see also Trivia Question: Kaiju
I wasn’t aware of the term “kaiju” for a long time. For a simple explanation that is open to some debate among kaiju fans, we can go with Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiju.
Kaiju is a Japanese word meaning “strange creature”. In English, it has come to mean “monster” or “giant monster”, referring to creatures of a large size seen in movies from Asia. Many kaiju movies are made in Japan. It is a type of tokusatsu entertainment. … The most well-known kaiju is Godzilla.
In some cases, I see it translated as “strange beast” and in other places as “monster.” Some purists would argue it only applies to Japanese movies of a certain genre; I tend to take the broader view that it includes a lot of other beasts/animals/monsters, like King Kong and other giant beasts. Had I titled this blog post “Godzilla,” then thrown in kaiju, some would have gotten the reference.
Other uses of Tag: Kaiju