Much like the previous two eras, this one is just as hit and miss. However, some of the series misses do pose as a consistent problem in most of these films. In all the other eras of Godzilla, Godzilla was always given some kind of personality for us to connect with him, as opposed to just seeing him as a giant monster. And while they give him an identifiable personality in a few films like "Giant Monsters All-Out Attack" and "Final Wars", he's boring and uninteresting in the majority of films that he's appeared in. As awesome and powerful of a monster that Godzilla is, it wasn't just his design and abilities that made many fans (including myself) adore this creature. It was the fact that he was usually given some kind of character and emotion to keep our interest in the creature himself. Whether he was portrayed as a neutral hero, a deviously smart creature, or a tormented animal in the franchise, there was always some kind of personality given to Godzilla for us to find him amusing. And the fact that we get very little of that in the majority of films from this era is disappointing. It'd be like taking away King Kong's confused and sympathetic personality. The scenes with him fighting monsters and climbing up the Empire State building are cool scenes, but it's the emotions surrounding the monster that hold our interest for how fascinating he is.
What also brings this era down is with the exception of "Tokyo S.O.S.", all the films are just stand-alone reboots. On one hand, since the continuity between the films in the last few eras hardly made any kind of sense, I can see why they went with this route. Plus I like that the majority of these films can stand out on their own, when in the previous era, you had to see the previous film by order to understand the film that you are currently watching, or else you'd be lost. But with the exception of "Godzilla 2000", all the other films give Godzilla the same 1954 origins, just with a few little tweaks here and there, and I'm sorry but I overall find that to be lazy and repetitive. Sure their attempt of changing Godzilla's origins in "2000" (that is if he even has an origins story) was lousy, but Toho seriously couldn't come up with a better idea of giving Godzilla a new background for why he exists in the later films? Well I'm not that surprised because the films not only mostly follow the same formula as many other Godzilla films, but they've also rehashed many of the plot elements and character archetypes that we've seen in many of their films. This series even rehashes the same order of classic recurring monsters from the "Heisei Era" by starting off with a few original monsters, to then having Ghidorah, Mothra, and MechaGodzilla appear in the following films. I'm not saying that other Godzilla films before these aren't as guilty of reusing plots and characters from their films because they are. The point I'm making is since we've seen all these stories and characters used countless times in the franchise before, it's now getting very tiring as if Toho is all out of ideas.
But as major as the flaws that are present in most of these films are, there's still plenty of good to them! There are many likable characters in the franchise, even if many of them aren't that memorable for how cliched and simplistic they are. The new monster Orga is a cool monster who I hope to see in later installments to the franchise. Some of the updated designs, back-stories, and abilities given to the monsters are cool and fit within this new age of Godzilla films. But the biggest praise that I have to give to the franchise as a whole is the effects and fight scenes! These are some of the best that the series has to offer for how grand they are, especially in the last 4 movies where they really shine. But that's not to say that they have their weak points too. The fighting in the first two films is boring, and there are still some clunky effects as well in all of these films. Ironically, even though the series has the most amazing use of practical effects, it also has the worst effect that I've ever seen used in a Godzilla film and that's the use of CGI! There is a few times where it'll look cool (like for Godzilla’s atomic breath), but for the majority of that effect being used in these films is plain dreadful. I mean as cheesy and fake as the practical effects can look in most Godzilla films (especially in the “Showa Era”), they at least feel there. The CGI here, especially for Godzilla, is so ugly, so video-game like, so uncanny, and so out of place with the rest of the effects used for these movies that it hurts my eyes for how much it sticks out like a sore thumb.
"The Millennium Era" has it's major problems like the previous two, but it's still has plenty of awesome entertainment value to it, where it really starts to kick in at "Giant Monsters All-Out Attack", as the two films before that go from fairly entertaining but slow-moving, to incredibly dull and boring with 1 or 2 good things that don't necessarily save the overall film.
And I am done with reviewing all three eras of Godzilla movies. Don't worry I still have a few other Godzilla related films that I plan to review in the future, so don't think that I'm officially done with reviewing these films yet.