I ultimately enjoyed King of the Monsters more because I’m a long-time Godzilla fan and that film was grown in a laboratory specifically to pander to people like me. It has a great many flaws, and honestly just as many as Godzilla '14, but I found the positives out-weighted the negatives. Same with Godzilla '14. I also enjoyed that film immensely. That said, KotM is half the movie Godzilla '14 is. Edwards knows how to frame and shoot film. He knew how to give the audience a sense of scale with these titans and put in neat visual cues or flares in scenes to reflect the mood.
Both suffer from military depiction, though. The military is and should never the focus of any of these films. They are a foil for Godzilla. They exist as a response who swing their paper sword at this creature before being obliterated. I didn’t like the fact that they were the central characters we followed around or were a constant presence around said characters.
I think it’s hilarious that a titan, who brings balance to the world, is working side-by-side with the world’s biggest polluter. But that’s just Hollywood being an arm of the military and pushing that propaganda on us.
And for the record, I think Shin suffers from this too. But it’s not military, it’s politicians. While in that film the main character and his colleagues are framed as underdog misfits, the black sheep young’uns of the political process, they’re ultimately more reactionary than the older, status quo politicians who take a “wait and see” approach. What I took away from the film is that Anno wants decisive politicians who uphold the status-quo more than he wants revolutionary politicians to change it.