Godzilla Raids Again ('55) was fairly on par with the '54 original and featured another creature. Rodan ('56) is hands down one of the most frightening films, and actually features several monsters.
That Toho decided to pander to kids to increase box office totals was in large part due to Columbia Pictures' involvement and decision to distribute Mothra in '61. That was their biggest-ever studio partner, and changed the entire landscape. The horror was gone, and comedy and fantasy embraced.
But we know this. The same digression doesn't have to be part of every reboot, but every American ever involved in every reboot attempt has Saturday "Godzillathon" matinees on the brain. They're indoctrinated in thinking that's where all the money is and it's not, or else the early films would have bombed as they don't fit the mold. The funny thing is they were hits.
Shin Gojira showed in large part that can happen. It's the most seriously-taken film in years.
I dont like the petting scene either, I'd rather he'd be a bit feared. He's a big fucking rizard, fer christ's sake. He does damage, just by walking the earth. Don't portray him or treat him like he's your family dog.
Toho has plans to make their own version of a Monster Cinematic Universe starting in 2021. If you're a fan of Shin Godzilla and hate the Legendary films, just wait a couple years and it will all be over. I thought Godzilla 2014 was really fun. There were some issues with the human characters - I think @Neon and I rewrote their characters in like 45 seconds and made it work better, but the Godzilla part of the movie was aces in my book.
Anyone not looking forward to Kong vs Godzilla is a communist.