Feels like something was missing
I loved the new look and weaponry of Godzilla and poking fun at the government bureaucracy drew a few chuckles from me, but does anyone else feel like this film was missing a huge element of Godzilla and other kaiju movies?
Probably the most memorable images of Godzilla, at least when he's not fighting other monsters, is when he destroys the conventional military forces thrown against him. In 1954, we first see him use his fire on tanks. In 1984, we see him obliterate a harbor full of jet fighters, tanks and other armored vehicles with his fire and then topple a building on top of the Super X.
The Godzilla in this movie felt a lot more vulnerable. Yes, they showcased how bullets and missiles don't penetrate his skin, but he just stood there taking it like an innocent animal that had no idea what was going on. He didn't even fight back against the first attack against him. And when he did return fire against the stealth bombers, it seemed more like it was out of pain than anger. So, I almost felt pity for this version of Godzilla rather than being afraid of him. Instead of an epic battle against a godlike monster, it felt more like the humans were dealing with a beached whale.
Was that the goal here? I dunno, the tone of this film just had me scratching my head. I pretty much had the same problem with the 2014 American film. I'm still waiting for a proper modern "remake" of the dark 1954 film, in which, Godzilla is an unstoppable force of nature that elicits fear, in part, by showing how helpless the conventional military is against him.