very amusingly modern, with its slow burn reveal of the monster, a twist-heavy script (you mean the giant grubs these miners dug up are just food for something even bigger? say, what do you think's in that enormous egg?) and endless scenes of military and scientific "experts" explaining stuff to each other before you can get to the good parts.
as a step forward for Toho's miniature effects, though, this can't be dismissed. they're much more elaborate, and although this doesn't have GODZILLA's stark, grainy texture, the color added to the gorgeous, bright academy ratio photography lends a level of detail that wasn't quite present in that film's inky black & white. Honda crowds unfussy setups and dolly shots with harsh angled lines, far more compositionally dense than the rest of his kaiju work, which was from here on out always in scope, and where i think he sometimes struggled to fill the frame even given the guys in rubber suits.