Actually I quite liked the angle of Godzilla being more or less just a (very cunning and destructive) giant mutant animal, and having the central action of the film being about figuring this out and using it to unravel the crisis. In general I didn't mind the Emmerich film, within the parameters of relatively brainless popcorn-flickery, although I admittedly do like Cloverfield a lot better. Incidentally, according to some of the DVD commentary anyway, the premise of the Cloverfield monster was essentially supposed to be* really not too different in its own way from Godzilla '98. Spoiler: Is this spoilery? At least the designers said it wasn't meant to be malevolent so much as it was a confused and frightened giant alien baby (not really that different from "it's just an animal"). Which would account for some of its behaviour, like trying to eat people and spitting them out the way it does with Hud.