Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Movie Review)
Oscar Rendon | June 4th, 2019 | St. Louis, MO
Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, and Aisha Hinds. After the events of Godzilla (2014) we follow Dr. Emma Russell played by Vera Farmiga and her husband Mark Russell as they encounter the Titans as they begin to awake. Among the great creatures is Godzilla who is set on a collision course against his biggest rival, King Ghidorah.
In 2014, Gareth Edwards reintroduced the world to Godzilla. In 2017, King Kong rose to dominance in Kong: Skull Island and now we awaken the Titans in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Fans didn’t love the subtle and few glimpses of Godzilla in his first outing and in this summers sequel director Michael Dougherty throws all that out for the monster clash we have been wanting and waited for since the idea was proposed of Godzilla being a mega franchise introducing all his major foes. The story is a tad bit convoluted at the beginning but what it lacks in linear story telling it more than makes up for it in the fun twists, revelations and bombastic action. The character beats are there with the new cast of humans in the Godzilla story, you understand the actions of each character and for the most part make sense. Vera Farmiga as always does an incredible job, her character was tougher to ground with the story she was given but it pushed a lot of the human story forward. The human characters are almost secondary, giving a voice to the monsters and to help the audience differentiate between them. Let’s get away from the humans because the film is called GODZILLA after all. The creature design is incredible for all the monsters. The CGI is a home-run as the creatures are brought to life for the very first time in this new blockbuster era of filmmaking. The fights as well are incredible and with extra attention to detail.
The story behind this film is that these “Titans” are awakening and will bring upon the end of the world. Some here to keep balance and others to rule. Of course, we have the atomic breath firing Godzilla on our side but he has to go up against some of his legendary foes in Rodan and King Ghidorah. Mothra is also introduced in the film as an ally to Godzilla, among many more surprise Kaiju monsters from the mythical lore of Godzilla. Overall, I liked the story when it came to the origins and myths about the creatures. That part of exposition along with certain fun scenes give the weight of the monsters much more meaning. The human element while flawed and almost unnecessary still gives us a great deal to work with for the following sequel which will pit Godzilla against King Kong and the Monarch story arc continues. The creature design and rendering is great from just a visual standpoint to the action. The action between the humans is fun and the acting is good.