I'm definitely a "start a the beginning" kinda guy. So I started with the original Godzilla. And... you're right. It'a a very well made.
I guess I was expecting it to be even more campy than it is. It was fun. Godzilla came off a little silly, but I was still invested in most of the characters and their drama.
A good movie that I'll probably start recommending to people. Good enough I jumped right into Godzilla Raids Again.
Which...I think I probably liked better that the first. I was way more invested in the human characters in this film. It had an even more silly monster for Godzilla to fight, and possibly because it was just a shorter movie. The first was great, but did drag a little in a few places.
And, because I didn't have work today, I also watched King Kong VS Godzilla. This one I was a little excited for, because I love me some King Kong. However, not a super great portrayal of Kong. His movements kept distracting me, like, very obviously just a person in a particularly ugly gorilla suit. I disliked most of the human characters in this one, which is not a bad thing, I was still very invested in their story, just negatively.
I did still enjoy the 3rd Godzilla movie, but my biggest issue was actually the color.
So i'm kind of obsessed with black and white things, and I loved a lot of the cinematography of the first two movies, and that mostly had do to with the fact that it was black and white. I think a lot of early color movies and television ignored lighting that could have provided good depth. And by "ignored lighting" I mean, everything was lit as brightly as possible so the colors would show through and everything just kind of looked flat. Plus the actually flat backdrops, model miniatures and monster costumes just looked more fake.
In all the films I found the fight scenes pretty fascinating. In modern film, if there is a monster/giant or generally massive moving object, it's movements are generally slowed, which gives the sense of mass and weight behind huge monsters. All three of the first Godzilla movies have sections in the middle of fight scenes that have been sped up slightly. I don't think this ruined anything, but I found it interesting as we don't seen that type of effect for those types of scenes anymore.
Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first encounters with Godzilla. Tomorrow is Mothra!
Also, wtf, the 2014 Godzilla was directed by Gareth Edwards and has Bryan Cranston in it?! How did I miss that? That one I REALLY want to watch, but I'm considering going through the other 26 films that come before it.