Among kaiju-related websites, J.L. Carrozza of Toho Kingdom \"absolutely love[d]\" Final Wars, saying \"[it's] no masterpiece, but it is such insane fun that quite frankly it's hard not to adore it.\" Mike Bogue of American Kaiju said \"the film is flawed, but nonetheless entertaining,\" saying there are \"too many [Matrix-style] battles\" but that the film \"makes excellent use of its monsters\" and \"Kitamura keeps things moving at a brisk pace.\" Japan Hero criticized the \"[lack of] character development\" but concluded that Final Wars is \"a very entertaining movie,\" saying that \"Kitamura did a wonderful job making it an interesting and great looking film worthy of being the final [Godzilla] movie.\"
Toho got a lot of things right with this film. For a start (for me, at least) they maintained the feel of the old Godzilla flicks quite nicely. Next, even though the movie does have quite a bit of CGI, they stuck, for the most part, with men in suits for the monsters and miniature landscapes for them to destroy.There was also a nice dig (tastefully done) at the Hollywood version of Godzilla, who lasts about two second against the \"real\" Godzilla.The film does drag a little bit, though, with a little too much emphasis on the human goings-on in the story and not enough monster-time. However, the film is reasonably entertaining even when the world isn't being trashed by the monsters, so all is far from lost.The subtitling is also pretty good, with only a few dubious translations here and there.I can't say I was pleased to see Minilla though. Not having seen all the Godzilla movies (and not the ones that explain his presence, for sure) my only exposure to this mini-godzilla was from the cartoon Godzilla series where it was called Godzuki. I never liked it there and here it is just too cute and annoying to be of much use. Less Minilla and more Godzilla would have been nice.Anyway, I can't see any but the real die-hard fans being disappointed by this. Them, and the current generation of people that expect to see nothing but CGI in every film they watch. For them, I suspect the best thing to do would be to give it a miss. For the rest of us, Final Wars is a worthy addition to the franchise. 076b4e4f54