REVIEW: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Director: Michael Dougherty Screenplay: Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe

SPOILERS AHEAD

I have a question for you, dear reader. Are you looking for a deep, thought-provoking story that has complex characters and a plot that tugs at your inner-most emotional core? If you said yes, then I regret to say you need to stay as far away from this film as possible. However, if you happen to be shopping around for 2 hours and 12 minutes of a film that feels like the Book of Revelation is being played out while Dimebag Darrell rips a nasty guitar riff, then I have some great news: Godzilla: King of the Monsters may be a lovely summer treat for you.

Our tale begins 5 years after Godzilla (2014) with Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) and her daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) living in a forest in China while Emma is working at the site where the Titan known as Mothra is about to awaken as a larva and cocoon itself for its final transformation. Emma has been working on a special communication device that can be used to communicate with the Titans. After Emma and Madison are kidnapped by eco-terrorists who want to awaken the Titans with the device to restore balance to the world, Emma’s estranged husband Mark is contacted by the crypro-zoological group Monarch from the 2014 film in order to help find his wife and child so they can also gain possession of Emma’s communication device.

The only human conflict within this story occurs when we find out that Emma actually shares the same views of the eco-terrorists and is compliantly working with them in order to fulfill the same goal. Although this reveal should feel shocking to the viewer, it really is not. While some characters have their moments, their story lines just don’t seem to have the same heart that the main characters of Godzilla (2014) did. There definitely could have been a stronger utilization of Millie Bobby Brown, who seems to steal the spotlight in everything she is in.

However, after the small amount we get of human story line, the movie starts to quickly look like this…

Picture courtesy of Foreign Policy Journal

And I must admit…. it’s pretty awesome.

Although the movie is lacking in a rich story-line, it is what it is: a crazy monster movie overflowing with gratuitous action that will either have you cheering in your seats or searching for the nearest exit. When you think the film has shown you all the power that is possible from the monsters in this film, the big, bad villain of the story (Monster Zero/Ghidorah) is revealed to be able to regenerate its body parts or Godzilla turns into a literal walking nuclear bomb. It’s freaking awesome. Isn’t that what anyone would want in a summer monster movie? It may be lacking in complex characters and a rich plot, but hey…. it’s freaking Godzilla, for crying out loud. That’s not what you came here for.

Official Score: 7/10

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