It’s been five long years, but Godzilla is back on the big screen. Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Charles Dance, and Ken Watanabe.
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Now being a fan of the first film released in 2014, I was hyped for this next installment of the MonsterVerse, and my quick summation is I absolutely enjoyed it. I thought it was great. I don’t understand the hate it’s getting. Yeah I know the story is a little bit lackluster, but who cares? It’s a kaiju movie about giant monsters fighting each other, what else did you expect?
I personally don’t want a long drawn out story about humans, I want to see some straight kaiju action, and I got all of it!
Godzilla himself was great. My boy looks like he’s been hitting the gym. He’s mad thick in this movie, looking like an absolute snack. I also loved how they finally included King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan in a major theatrical-released film.
I thought each of them had great screen presence and Dougherty took his time fleshing out the creatures. No spoilers here, but there’s a scene where Ghidorah displays his regenerative abilities, and it was epic. The Godzilla/ Ghidorah rivalry was built up very well, and their climactic fight was so grand and such a great homage to the classic Godzilla films.
Now let’s get move on to the main complaint with this film: the human character’s storylines.
I’ll agree, the story is a little bit underwhelming and some of the characters make ignorant decisions, but we need them to so we can get to the kaiju action!
Millie Bobby Brown was fantastic. She wasn’t given much to work with, but she still held her own. She is very good at projecting the right amount of emotions to hit you in the feels. True talent right there. She’s going to have a long career.
Also, Charles Dance aka Tywin Lannister. It’s so great to see him back on a project. His talents are beyond incredible. He’s the type of man that when he speaks up in a crowd, everyone stops and listens. Yeah his villain character was just a tad mediocre, but Dance still excelled in his performance.
Ken Watanabe and Kyle Chandler were also great, and lastly, Vera Farmiga, regardless of how incredibly dumb her character was, brought a solid performance to the table as well.
Overall this film had everything I wanted from it.
Kaiju action from start to finish, incredible visual effects, epic cinematography, and much more.
I can’t wait to see what they do with Godzilla vs. Kong next year, also being a fan of Kong: Skull Island. I highly recommend going to see this movie, especially if you’re a classic kaiju monster film junkie and you want to see Godzilla tearing things up.
It’ll blow your mind. I’m gonna give this film a 7.5/10 and I’m gonna go see it in IMAX.