Interesting he cites GvMG and some 60s-era stuff as influences on him, when GFW falls prey to the follies of most (all?) of the post-70s Godzilla films: it tries to get SO epic (especially in the finale) that it becomes kinda unintentionally comical rather than FUN.
My two-year old is starting to take notice of the Godzilla things I have, and she's pointed to posters and played with toys and says, "Godzilla. I like it!" and dances to a video I made to BOC Godzilla with tons of Godzilla clips...
...so the other day, I figured I'd pick out a movie off the top of my head that had a lot of Godzilla action for a fairly extended time, and just randomly grabbed GMK. She CRIED. She got scared.
Today, I put on Son of Godzilla, and whenever Godzilla wasn't around (which wasn't too often, I chapter skipped a lot) she would ask "Where's Godzilla?" and she kept pointing out "Baby Godzilla" and loved it.
Keep in mind, I'm not really giving her the FULL experiences here, she's TWO, her attention span is kinda limited to pointing out Godzilla, and maybe another monster and saying, "Woah!" when things blow up. Just based on the aesthetics of the fight scenes alone, GMK made her cry while Son of Godzilla made her SUPER happy.
I feel like GFW has more scenes than maybe any other Millennium film that she'd be cool with (the fights against Kamacuras, Kumonga, Rodan Anguirus and King Caesar) where they're more fun and less "zomg! EPIK!" but that finale I think would scare her....
...so it's interesting to me that Kitamura says he's aping the 60s and 70s, when the climax of his film feels just as post-70s as any of the others.
Of course, being a toddler, she might have just been in a "mood" when I put on GMK, and might just as easily have been scared by Godzilla's Revenge at that moment, and all of this is moot.