REVIEW: Godzilla - King of Monsters

Let's start with a synopsis, shall we?

For the past 14 years the world’s giant monster security force, known as Monarch, has been tracking and studying potential threats known as Titans all over the world. This is to the chagrin of most governments as the Godzilla vs MUTO fight in 2014 destroyed literally all of San Francisco. Understandably, people want these creatures dead, not studied.

Meanwhile, Dr. Emma Russell of Monarch and her teenage daughter have developed a device that will allow them to control Titans by analyzing their vocal patterns. When Eco-Terrorists storm Dr. Russell’s facility, kidnap the duo, take the device, and start controlling monsters, Monarch must go after the fiends responsible, enlist the help of Dr. Russell’s ex-husband, and ask the question, were the governments right in calling on the army?

Now I will posit to you, dear reader, that this synopsis has a lot going on that I super-duper like.

We’re getting into some deep philosophical subject matter with this thing.

We’re talking about the worth of knowledge and its relationship to practical survival, we’re talking about our responsibility to each other as human beings, heck, we’re talking about whether humanity is worth saving or just a straight up hazard to all life.

That’s some collegiate shazz!

Quality conflicts!

Couple that story with some wicked special effects and great actors and I’d say you have yourself a fantastic feature film on your hands. A movie that’s a bit cornball, but poetic and action packed. A movie that not only holds homage to the classic Godzilla in visual style but in theming and tone.

The problem is…you gotta have the script to back it up.

And the script for King of Monsters does not live up to its ambitious premise.

Dialogue crashes into scenes with the bluntness of a jackhammer. Multidimensional characters are given no chance to develop earnestly. The pacing is really messy. Every surprise is met with 2 disappointments. It’s riddled with jokes that feel half thought out or fall completely flat. I didn’t care about any of the destruction because the stakes have the wind kicked out of them in 2nd act. Boston was a freakin’ boring place to have the final showdown considering the writers had all the world to choose from, INCLUDING TOKYO!

ANNNNND there’s an unneeded mcguffin that ruins the very nature of unstoppable monsters by, ya know, stopping them.

I dunno. I guess I liked the movie okay.

Ghidorah looks rad as always, Millie Bobby Brown and Ken Watanabe show the heck up to work, as always, and I fell in love with the more creative action sequences (that I won’t spoil because they’re the main reason to see a movie like this), as always.

This version of Godzilla could have easily subverted my expectations, and although it got close, King of Monsters still ended up being just a pretty good action flick.


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