Director: Michael Dougherty
Writer/s: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, Max Borenstein, Zach Shields
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang, Bradley Whitford, Charles Dance, and more.
Give me big gargantuan monsters fighting and I am all in. That is exactly what we have in store for “Godzilla: King of Monsters”. Following his monster 2014 debut, the sequel is here for us to feast our eyes on and witness quite possibly the biggest showdown of 2019. Personally I have been floored by this film since its first trailer was released. The effects seemed immaculate and the action seemed incredible. I have been eagerly anticipating a theatrical experience with Godzilla, I hope to get exactly that.
“The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.”
Not going to lie, if you went to sit in an auditorium or watched this film on your personal screen for big monster fights, you will at least get that. Once the action kicks off, it truly kicks off. The thing is, I feel as though I had to suffer through the human character story arc in order to finally get to the monster action. The early phase of the film drones on quite a bit but the payoff is well worth the wait once Godzilla gets his claws on his enemies. From the action to the visual effects of the monsters, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is a treat of a monster flick.
Despite me just saying that the action in the film was well worth it, it suffers the same fate as the 2014 Godzilla film did. Not getting enough action but once it kicked off, it was enjoyable. Again, the film’s action is flooded and cut short frequently by stale characters and their story to save the world in their own eyes.
So as I have hinted to enough already, the one big glaring cyst on this film is the human involvement and story. From the start, we dive right into the human story of the film. This carries on for a solid 10 to 15 minutes before we even see a monster and even then, it is nothing too extravagant. The boredom sets in early for me until we finally get actual Godzilla action. While the stale story is broken up a handful of times to witness said action, we fall right back in line to following the righteous story of our heroes and villains and also the forced comedic hooks that do not land well from my perspective.
Sure, star power attracts viewers, there is no doubt about that. Here we have Millie Bobby Brown, most famously known for her role as Eleven in the hit Netflix series, “Stranger Things”. We also have the likes of Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring series, Bates Motel), Kyle Chandler (Game Night), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister of Game of Thrones) and so many more. These casting picks pull from all sorts of entertainment demographics to surely bring in audiences, only to be let down by weak characters and un-influential screen time. To top this off, other star power such as Sally Hawkins, Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and others all have minor parts yet eye-rolling painful moments. I understand that a film may not carry well with just our monsters but man, this stuff is hard to watch sometimes.
“Godzilla: King of Monsters” pulls off what it intends to do. Provide god-like monster battles for our enjoyment. What it still struggles with is giving us worthwhile human counterparts to actually be impressed with while still enjoying the monster action. For the sake of experiencing such a large scale special effects showcase, it is almost a must to catch this once in the theater. Otherwise though, the film is well worth the watch once you have the chance. Although, I think you will have to have at least a little interest in the film to actually take enjoyment out of it.
- My rating is teetering to a six.
- The film shows these unnatural phenomenons from the human perspective frequently and this was an awesome thing to watch.
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla ’14) and Kyle Chandler (Godzilla ’19) are one in the same. The smartest and most capable men in any room….
- These 3rd level supporting characters are excruciating to watch interact and deliver “comedic” lines.
- Too bad we couldn’t see Sally Hawkins meet one of these monsters……… ya know?
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