He Gets Sh*t Done
Probably the most common complaint about the new Godzilla is that there’s not enough Godzilla in it, but it makes sense. Most of the movie is one long kaiju chase scene leading up to a single battle, because there was never going to be more than one battle. Godzilla is the super super super heavyweight boxer throwing the craziest, heaviest blows possible. He gets his business done quickly and decisively.
Also, the way Godzilla dispatches the second MUTO is cooler than everything in Pacific Rim combined.
He’s Charmingly Reptilian
I’m a reptile guy, having kept turtles and tortoises as pets for most of my life. People tend to think of reptiles as cold and kind of vacant, but they actually have interesting little personalities. They’re very single-minded — they decide they want something and pursue it relentlessly regardless of what’s happening around them or what’s in their way.
If I had to criticize something about the original Japanese Godzilla, it’s that he often seems a bit too human. Too thoughtful about things. The 1998 American Godzilla was also too clever for his own good. 2014 Godzilla on the other hand, is essentially a tortoise going after a piece of lettuce. Godzilla keeps his sights stubbornly set on the MUTOs, not becoming distracted by the US Navy, inconvenient Hawaiian islands or anything else that gets in his way. 2014 Godzilla isn’t a person in lizard costume, he’s an animal, one driven by instinct and his own kind of intelligence.
He’s No Glory Hog
So, Godzilla saves the day (hey, I told you there’d be spoilers). Then, after playing dead for a bit, he just gets up, stomps his way back to the ocean and swims away. End credits. Perfect. No soaking up the adoration, no reality TV shows. He did what he needed to do and got out. Take a lesson from Godzilla, all other celebrities.
See you again soon, buddy.
There you have it — Godzilla 2? Bring it on. I’d watch a dozen more movies starring this loveable gargantuan scamp.