Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review

While I enjoyed 2014’s Godzilla, the chief complaint of many was that there wasn’t enough of the titular character. King of the Monsters tries to remedy that with plenty of Godzilla and plenty of monster fights. As an ecoterrorist attempts to save the world by destroying it with the help of more giant monsters, humanity’s last hope lies with Godzilla to maintain balance and order.

King of the Monsters throws a lot onto the screen somewhat haphazardly, both in the visuals and the story, and hope it sticks. There are a lot of storylines involving the human characters, most of which don’t make the slightest bit of sense. The family portrayed by Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown take up the most screentime, yet seem useless in the grand scheme of things. They are mostly there to move the plot along or come up with ideas that someone should have already thought of. You could have removed those characters, had a couple others pick up some of their lines, and you would not have lost anything from this movie except for a few minutes of the bloated runtime. Don’t get me wrong, those are all actors I like very much, and they are all fine in this movie. They are just wasted overall.

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With that said, no one that saw the trailers for this movie was expecting an Oscar contender for Best Screenplay. They came to see a bunch of giant monsters fighting. For the most part, the movie does deliver on this. The creature design and effects are spectacular. Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra all look great. You pick up pretty easily what abilities they have and what their weaknesses are.

There is a good amount of fighting in this movie, though not quite as much as I expected based on the trailers. The special effects during these are amazing, but some of them are shot in kind of a weird way. The camera gets way too close to the action and it’s hard to really tell what is happening. It’s not quite as bad a Transformers movie in that respect, but it would have been nice to be able to fully see the fights and be able to see the scale of these monsters compared to their surroundings. Most of the fights are filmed at nights, which also makes it harder to decipher what is happening.

Overall, this Godzilla sequel is too long, focuses too much on a convoluted story and contains way too many unnecessary human characters. However, as much as it seems like I’m hating on this movie, I came to see some pretty awesome monster fights and that’s what I got. I don’t love the way all of them are shot, but there was definitely no shortage of entertainment. I can’t wait to see Godzilla face off against King Kong next year. I think I might actually enjoy this a bit more than 2014’s Godzilla, or will at least rewatch it more often. If it interests you, see it on the big screen.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters barely sneaks into a Positive ROP.

Ratings from low to high: Felony, Misdemeanor, 10-4, Positive ROP, Golden Donut

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