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.
Alternative Character Interpretation: In the first two acts, Godzilla is destroying multiple boats, destroying a village during a typhoon, and attack Tokyo twice (but thoroughly destroying the city in the process). In the final act, Godzilla is... resting in peace. To him, it may be the fact that Humans Are Bastards and conducting nuclear tests which may have scarred him for life. His successors even sees humans this way.
Awesome Music: The escalating main theme perfectly underscores a unstoppable force of nature.
Nightmare Retardant: Despite the often primitive effects, the scary parts of the movie work remarkably well, except for... Godzilla's hand-puppet closeups. His unmoving, shriveled arms are in a constant "about to give a hug" position, and he has Fish Eyes. Combined with the low angles that sometimes make his mouth look like a smile, he looks like all he wants is to hug every building. In another occasion, he turns his head to the side, and ends up looking like one of The Muppets.
Older Than They Think: When people think of Godzilla, they refer to the Showa era films, only to overlook this film, which is made in 1954. And thus, any articles about this film will usually be referred as Godzilla (1954).
The famous "In Pursuit of Godzilla" theme stems back further in Ifukube's courier, as part of his 1948 violin concerto. This early rendition can be heard in the main titles of this film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NklvxiHk6sE
Old Shame: Ishiro Honda expresses that he lamented the fact that most people gained ire of the film because of its imagery. Now, it's one of Honda's best works of Kaiju from fans.
Special Effects Failure: A few scenes. Scene one: A military platoon attacking Godzilla, a solider oddly moves his head in a strange matter. Scene two: A window close-up shows Godzilla's tail. You can see the overhead wires near the tip. And scene 3: The Diet building is seen crumbling twice.
The use of toy fire trucks (manned by very obviously toy firemen) coupled with the sped up footage during the attack on tokyo scene is very, very obvious.
Vindicated by History: Prior to the debut of the film, the film received very negative reviews due to its Too Soon and Nuclear Weapons Taboo imagery. However like its American counterpart King Kong in Japan, the film was highly praised in America in 2004, where it gained two DVD releases by Classic Media and the Criterion Collection.
Awesome Music: Lots of it, but From Mars to Sirius generally seems to be the band's most highly regarded album.
Fandom Rivalry: With Meshuggah. Although it has been often regarded as the "Metallica vs. Megadeth" of tech-death, the bands' fanbases have both shades of rivalry and friendship.
Magnum Opus: L'Enfant Sauvage and the abovementioned From Mars to Sirius.