These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Godzilla (2014)
Broken Base: When this leak of Godzilla himself was posted online, fans were split. Many believe he looks like he should and that he retains most of his most notable features. On the other hand many don't like the more "human like" eyes of the design, his small teeth, the sauropod-esque feet, and the gills on the side of his neck. Not to mention the mightily revampedsound of his roar....
When word came that Toho had seen the film before release and thought it was great, fans were split on whether that praise amounted to anything. Some fans thought that it was proof that the film would be great if the original makers of Godzilla thought it was so, while others pointed out that Toho have also put their seal of approval on lesser Godzilla films like All Monsters Attack and even (initially, at least) Godzilla (1998).
Fandom Berserk Button: Saying that this is a remake of the 1998 film doesn't sit well with Godzilla fans. Same thing goes for when journalists or critics say that the '98 film was "the last Godzilla film" until this one, out of apparent ignorance of the Millennium series.
Fan Dumb: There are some fans that aren't willing to accept that Godzilla will be rendered in CGI for this movie... despite the fact that CGI was used in Godzilla films plenty times before (certain◊ shots in the Millennium movies, usually underwater ones, utilize CG for Godzilla, and Always Sunset on Third Street 2 renders Godzilla in CG for his brief cameo. There's also the 1998 remake, if you wish to be somewhat generous).
Several fans think that characters like Rodan and Mothra are in this film because of the monsters in the trailers, even though the director has stated that Godzilla will be the only returning monster from the Toho films.
The fans constant leaking of the trailer despite Legendary sending several cease and desist orders. Last time fandom did something like this, a DVD release nearly was delayed.
After some random Lebanese news website claimed that the second trailer would release either the week before or of Valentine's, Godzilla fans lashed out at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. (who never made any such announcement along those lines) when that turned out to be untrue, with accusations of Invisible Advertising being bandied about.
While there's nothing wrong with fans disliking the addition of gills to Godzilla's design, there are fans who claim that Godzilla doesn't actually have gills, despite the fact that this leaked image of Godzilla and other images very much confirm that, yes, he does indeed have them.
Harsher in Hindsight: In the earliest stages of the film, Toho required Gareth Edwards to have the film take place mainly in Japan. Edwards says that the Fukushima plant leak, which happened after this stipulation was given, made it where the team had to be extra careful in being respectful to the victims of that leak.
Hate Dumb: In parts of the globe where the Japanese flicks never quite made it but the previous US remakegrew popular, many movie fans already decry the movie on the grounds that it tries to hearken back to the franchise's Japanese roots, giving the monster a design closer to its classic appearance, rather than going with the "Zilla" design again, which they see as a superior update. This of course ignores the fact that creating an adaptation more faithful to the source material was one of the main reasons for the movie's production, likewise that Zilla has since become to be regarded as a distinct character from Godzilla.
There are people saying that America will never get Godzilla's socio-political metaphors right, and that Godzilla is only Japanese.
Others still maintain that giant monster movies can be nothing but empty-brained trash-fests. While Godzilla has certainly become an emblem of such films, the '54 original, which this movie tries to stay true to, is not such a film. The movie is in general receiving lots of flak from those unfamiliar with the original, because some think it's a reboot/remake of either the 1998 movie (whether they loved or hated it, with fans of that movie still mad that this isn't its sequel) or of the cheesy but more widely knownGodzilla movies of the '70s.
Back in 1985, Warner Bros.'s Pee-wee's Big Adventure featured a brief scene where Pee-wee rides through a film set where Godzilla is fighting King Ghidorah. 29 years later, WB is now making an actual, full Godzilla movie.
This◊ image making fun of the 1998 film with Snickers' "You're not you when you're hungry" campaign is funnier now that there is an official Snickers commercial made to promote this film.
Godzilla's feet are rounder, sauropod-like and with relatively short talons, which is what they were like in Bambi Meets Godzilla.
Just Here for Godzilla: It does star the Trope Namer himself, after all. The first official teaser trailer leans on this heavily: all it really reveals about the film's plot is that Godzilla's in it, he causes loads of destruction and this upsets and frightens many people (i.e. the simplest, most basic elements of a Godzilla story). This was tantalizing enough to shoot the trailer to more than 10 million Youtube views in a week.
Similarly, most fans didn't expect Godzilla: Smash3 to be particularly good when it was first revealed, but the game was still closely examined because it gave the best yet view of the new Godzilla design.
Among non-fans and even people who actively dislike Godzilla, Bryan Cranston has become enough of a draw for them. Jeremy Jahns mentions this in his review of the teaser:
"Yeah, that was Bryan Cranston. Okay, well... I'll watch the movie. I was on the fence with the big lizard tearing shit through a city, but you bring in Heisenberg and — alright, I'm there."
Already in the comments section for the trailers there are loads of comments on how Walter White/Heisenbergwill face off against Godzilla, or defeat him using Meth and Ricin. Hell, there are even tons of comments theorizing that Walter White escaped to Japan and created Godzilla to kill Skylar!
This GIF◊ of the very end of the second trailer, which shows Godzilla being viewed out of a door that is closing, has spread across the internet with various funny comments, usually along the lines of Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
The Twitter hashtag "#demandtoknow" has been repurposed for some quirky contexts. ThisCinema Blend article, for one, says:
"At best, this is a legit scary movie. At worst, this is a borderline traumatic experience. Forget about WB and Legendary Pictures gambling with a hefty budget: is Godzilla gonna have to give us some therapy? #demandtoknow"