Godzilla is one of the craziest film series ever made. Spanning 35 films over 60 years, we’ve now arrived at the most recent film: Godzilla: King of the Monsters. So how does it compare with the other films? Let’s find out.
Set five years after the 2014 Godzilla remake, the world is still left to grapple with the knowledge that monsters live among humans. After Godzilla returns to hibernation, three new monsters named Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah arise. With the world in danger, Monarch agency scientists Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler), Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga), and their daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) are left with one option: awaken Godzilla. Despite the dangers, Godzilla and the other monsters fight for the title of King of the Monsters.
I, for one, am not the biggest Godzilla fan. I’ve seen only two or three of the films, and I’ve been pretty indifferent about them. I found the 2014 remake to be pretty dull, and I wasn’t really sure what to think about a sequel. But when I heard it was going to feature all these monsters, I got pretty excited. The biggest issue with the remake was that Godzilla had no one to fight. But this film gave him that. Then the trailers came out, and it got me even more hyped. The final trailer might be one of the best trailers I’ve ever seen. The music, the visuals, and the monsters all got me really excited. And when I finally did see it, man, was I underwhelmed. I didn’t hate the film, but it was pretty darn disappointing.
So what was disappointing? Well, first off, the story is pretty bad. It’s not that it’s poorly told or anything like that, but it’s almost non-existent. Sure, the scientists want to free Godzilla to fight the monsters, but other than that, there’s nothing. It’s way too thin and weak to be considered a plot. Another problem is despite how little of a story there is, it’s surprisingly very complicated. I don’t know why, but I got so lost throughout most of the film. Also, the ideologies are completely irrational. Emma wants to bring the monsters back to create a new, better version of earth, but how could the logical death of thousands ever mean a better earth? It just doesn’t make any sense.
Even though the other characters agree about how ridiculous of an idea it is, it still doesn’t excuse how dumb it is. The writing is also atrociously bad. All the lines are either one-liners or just straight up bad writing. It gets to the point where you may end up cringing when a character speaks.
Speaking of the characters, they’re also really dull. None of them are necessarily unlikable, but you just don’t root for them. The majority of the film focuses on their survival from the monsters (which is BS because they’re kind of the ones that caused this), but I never once cared for the outcome. What I want from a monster/disaster film is not only to have cool monster action, but to also care for the characters in danger. I want to see them live from whatever threat comes their way. In this film, however, it’s quite the opposite. I wouldn’t feel any remorse if any of them died; I just wouldn’t care. The only character I cared about was the daughter Madison because she’s the only voice of reason. She knows that what’s happening is terrible, and she actually tries to stop the problem as opposed to just accepting it. None of the other characters even attempt such an action, which made me not care about them at all. Now, I’ve got to be honest. Considering the issues I have with this movie, I should be trashing it, but I can’t bring myself to hate it because of the good things that were done.
First, the action. This movie has some of the best action scenes I’ve seen all year. The last third, which features the final showdown, is beautiful. The pacing, the size, the scale, and the music come together to create everything I want out of a Godzilla fight. Speaking of Godzilla and the monsters, they all look amazing. The effects on the monsters are very realistic and grand, and the CG is very impressive.
Visually, it’s amazing. The worlds that these monsters live in are so cool to see. And seeing them fight in giant cities is a joy to witness. I think the best part of the movie is just the size of it all. It’s a giant movie with giant visuals. That said, I saw the film in IMAX 3D, so it may not be as huge as when I saw it. I highly recommend seeing this in IMAX because of just how big the movie is, though I’m sure it’ll look just as great on a normal-sized screen.
In spite of me previously saying that the characters are poor, the performances by the actors are good. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown are great as the family. In fact, this was Millie Bobby Brown’s feature film debut following her breakout role as Eleven in Stranger Things. Her performance, while nothing spectacular, was very good, and she has an incredible future ahead of her as an actress. So as boring or stupid as the story can be at times, I have to admit, it’s fun. There’s just something about it that I can’t help but kind of enjoy.
Is the film amazing? Absolutely not. But at the same time, it’s not terrible. It fails at telling a cohesive story with developed characters, but it succeeds in being an entertaining Kaiju flick. Godzilla: King of the Monsters isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but it’s also nothing to get as excited about as I did.
FINAL RATING: 6/10