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Review – Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner Bros.)

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

 

Starring: Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ken Watanabe
Director: Michael Dougherty
Producer: Thomas Tull, John Jashni, Brian Rogers, Mary Parent, Alex Garcia
Writer: Michael Dougherty, Max Borenstein, Zach Shields
Production Company: Legendary Pictures
Maturity Rating: PG-13
Release Date: May 31, 2019

Picking up a few years after Godzilla (2014), Godzilla returns to take on Ghidorah and Rodan in another blockbuster spectacle while Monarch follows him in an attempt to stop the remaining Titans that threaten all of humanity.

 

King of the Monsters is a summer train wreck

 

The third entry in Warner Bros. MonsterVerse features several visually pleasing sights for moviegoers but spends more time setting up the clash between King Kong and Godzilla. This explains why rising talent Millie Bobby Brown spends most of the movie crying and screaming. In fact, the entire human plot is grounded in idiocy and the movie tries to coast on fan service. While this film gives more screen time to the monsters, the audience is spending most of the film with the human cast. A cast that does its best to make horribly written characters interesting for two hours.

What’s The Story?

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (L-R) MILLIE BOBBY BROWN as Madison Russell and VERA FARMIGA as Dr. Emma Russell (image copyright Daniel McFadden/Warner Bros.)
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
(L-R) MILLIE BOBBY BROWN as Madison Russell and VERA FARMIGA as Dr. Emma Russell

A few years after the original reboot in 2014, Monarch has been hunting the remaining Titans around the world. The film stars Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Ken Watanabe. The performances in King of the Monsters are not the issue at all. Everyone gives it their all to make you want to relate to their horribly written on-screen persona. Sadly, King of the Monsters biggest issue is its human plot that is not interesting at all.

The story feels forced, and the character development is in short supply. Luckily, King of the Monster is probably going to be the most beautiful movie to watch in terms of visuals this year. Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah all look well designed, and the fighting sequences are everything you’d expect from a monster film. Where the 2014 film failed to capture the monsters in decent lighting. This new movie doesn’t allow the camera to rest on the giant monster battles. Once you think you are about to witness a grand spectacle, the camera shifts over to the stupid human characters.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters has a lot going for it, but it also has a lot holding it back. Michael Dougherty takes over as director this time around, he also returns to co-write. King of the Monsters probably should have received several more revisions. A plot device used against the monsters is said to not have an effect on one of them. Yet, this is forgotten as it then becomes a threat to the monster later in the film.

Monarch is also oblivious to the existence of a certain monster, which is impossible because of a scene in Kong: Skull Island. It really comes down to the fact that on yet another occasion the human plot is worse than its predecessor. Chandler is the only member of the cast that seemed to have been portraying a character with logical reasoning, and everyone else was an idiot. 

Final Verdict

While many will want to sweep the humans under the rug in favor of spectacular monster battles. They are still a crucial part of the film and a big reason why King of the Monsters is underwhelming. Still worth checking out to see the fights and witness Godzilla reign supreme as he prepares to do battle with King Kong next year. King of the Monsters is the weakest entry in the MonsterVerse but it is still watchable. 

 

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Eric Trigg

Fan of horror movies, supernatural series, and yes the old school is better than the new. I am a youtuber where i post movie news, and reviews the channel name is critical overlord.

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