C'mon really, how many directions does this thing have to go in after 20+ movies?
Well, they've said they're trying to go back to the seriousness, social commentary, and character-driven approach of the original film, something few of the sequels have done, or at least done well. Almost all the movies from '84 onward tried to play it straight with Godzilla as a villain rather than the goofy hero he'd become in the '60s and '70s, and a few of them tried to have a message (most notably, GMK was an anti-war allegory and a critique of a Japanese society that had forgotten or papered over the crimes their forebears had committed before and during WWII), but nothing's really lived up to the power of the original film. After all, that film was made just 9 years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the psychological and cultural impact of those events is all over the movie, which makes it all the more powerful when you realize that. (Only if you see the Japanese version, that is; the US version with Raymond Burr glossed over most of that for fear it would seem anti-American.)
Actually it's hard to see how any Godzilla film made in modern times could come close to the allegorical and historical weight of the original. But if they can give us a strong character-driven film with some interesting ethical dilemmas like the original, that could count for a lot.
At least PR has a new angle and also seems to have a strong and identifiable human element.
How can you say PR has a new angle when a giant robot fighting a giant monster is a core aspect of many Godzilla movies?
True -- we've had five Mechagodzilla movies in three different continuities, plus MechaKing Ghidorah in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
, plus Moguera in the dreadful Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
, plus various specialized kaiju-fighting aircraft in films like Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
and G vs. Megaguirus
. Not to mention Mechani-Kong in King Kong Escapes
But that doesn't mean the film doesn't have a new angle in how
it tells the story, how it uses the pre-existing trope. And the same can be said for the new Godzilla