Toho's first Godzilla after the '98 American debacle managed to bring a little lustre back to the franchise. A mix of old school suit effects with some CGI was never quite seamless but pretty darn entertaining. The plot? Well its the usual humans try to kill Godzilla, meet a greater foe and Godzilla proceeds to save the world. Why reinvent the wheel after 50 years? Good fun.
Nods to Jurassic Park, Twister, and Independence Day. Why are the aliens interested in Godzilla? They want to build their own empire through him. Seems like a metaphor for the failed attempt at the Americanization.