Review: Godzilla – King of the Monsters


Title: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Michael Dougherty
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown
Runtime: 2 hrs 12 mins

What It Is: Following the events of 2014’s Godzilla, there’s a monster loose. After finding out that perhaps there are other monsters scientist Dr. Emma Russell (Farmiga) has studied these monsters and figured out a frequency that could possibly control them. A terrorist cell run by Alan Jonah (Charles Dance) has found the head titan King Ghidorah. This sets up Godzilla to save the world from Ghidorah and its tyranny. But at what cost to humanity?

What We Think: So there are some cool parts to this. Visually it is a treat even if at times it can be hard to see. I feel as if speaking about this film in a narrative sense in kinda moot. The entirety of this film is supposed to work towards a huge battle. That’s what Godzilla is. A giant monster waiting to fight giant monsters. Take the humans out of it for the most part that’s something that this and the previous film continue to forget to do. For their part the humans are slightly less annoying in this one…outside of the normally good Farmiga who makes all the cliched idiot character moves.

Our Grade: C-, So this isn’t really that great a flick. It’s fun in places but overall it struggles when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of filmmaking. At least Dougherty showed Godzilla. Showed him being him and just destroying stuff. That’s a one up on the original. Having said that I don’t really recommend. Lest you want a mindless flick to throw on that the whole family MIGHT enjoy. If that sounds right for you then give the big lizard a spin, if not go ahead and skip it.

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