Movie Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the sequel to 2014's Godzilla; as it features the same giant lizard, as well as of other massive monsters battling it out to find out who is King of the Earth. I have always been a fan of Godzilla and just in general monsters duking it out to see who is the strongest. But to me, this film was thunderously loud and overly long, but still had the continuation in the Godzilla franchise with some rousing monster fights (which is the main reason why I love Godzilla), but it's also got ruined by a jumbled storyline and blah visuals. Currently stands at 39% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film takes place in the present-day MonsterVerse, where people are still adjusting to the reality that god-like creatures exist. In the wake of Godzilla's San Francisco battle with the MUTOs, Monarch paleobiologist Emma Russell has developed "The Orca": a machine that allows for auditory communication with these Titans and could be the key to humanity's survival. However, when she and her daughter Madison (aka: Stranger Things: Millie Bobby Brown) are taken by an eco-terrorist group, it falls to Monarch and Emma's ex-husband Mark, who helped design The Orca, to rescue them. Before long, though, they realize the eco-terrorist have a bigger goal in mind - one that involves awakening King Ghidorah, a predator, and Godzilla's ancient nemesis.
As mentioned, though, the main flaws lie with King of the Monsters' humans and storylines. I wasn't a fan of the plot and the lack of. If it were two hours of per monster fighting … that would have been epic. But when the fights happen, King of the Monsters wastes little time getting to the thing Godzilla fans love most: the Titans wreaking the planet and fighting one another. These brawls are typically impressive, but to me, it failed a little short. When Godzilla finally gets to powering up, the end fight was a little rushed. After so much focus on the human story, Godzilla takes a backseat in this film, but he still does what he does best, keeping nature in balance.
Overall, King of the Monsters delivers on its promise of a bunch of monsters brawling it out and paves the way for even more to come in next year's crossover event, Godzilla vs. Kong. Which is one I can't wait for! As much as I didn't love this film, I am still a real fan of this franchise. I give Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3.5 out of 5 stars.