Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

I you know me well, you know I absolutely love monster movies. Especially when its gigantic monsters destroying cities and wrecking havoc. I liked the 2014 incarnation of Godzilla. It was a lot of build up and following the humans and a little monster battle but I still thought it was engaging. When I saw trailer number one for this film, I thought we were going to get a beautiful epic. The score and visuals of that trailer made the hype so real. The film is a real mixed bag but overall it had every right to be way better than what we received.

The film takes place after the 2014 film and new titans (gigantic sleeping monsters) are awoken and immediately start causing chaos. The titans are led by King Ghidorah, which is a three headed alien and ancient being that uses electric sparks to kill and destroy. Enter our old friend Godzilla, a benevolent monster with a weird connection to human beings. Godzilla and Ghidorah battle, while the humans attempt to ensure that the titans that have awoken don’t destroy humanity as they know it.

I’ll start with the positives. There is more Godzilla in this and visually its great (albeit a bit dark). The monster fight scenes are amped up. There are more monsters now and just hearing them roar and battle is a fantastic spectacle to behold. That’s pretty much where the positives end unfortunately. Every human character in this film is a waste. What was the point of Millie Bobby Browns character, or anyone for that matter?¬† O’Shea Jackson Jr. is super underutilized here. The plot is not only thin but the reason for awakening the titans is sheer stupidity. There is no smart decisions being made by the humans and they not only conspicuously survive mass destruction but they just get in the way of everything.

Anytime the humans are on screen its dull, incomprehensible and most unforgiving of all, its beyond boring. This had the potential to be a monster movie for the ages but it whimpers. Which is a shame because the actual monster battles are good its just that its overlong and everything that doesn’t involve Godzilla feels like a waste. Super disappointed by this because I had high hopes. I’m not sure how I feel about Godzilla vs King Kong now as I think now that it can easily turn out to be awful.

6/10

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