Godzilla: King Of The Monsters has finally stomped it’s way into theatres after 5 long years since the first MonsterVerse Godzilla movie back in 2014. While the first was extremely mediocre, boy have I been dying to see more of that big angry lizard. This movie is full of exactly what you expect from a Godzilla movie, it’s not in anyway an extraordinary movie but it’s enjoyable at the very least. Despite my excitement going in, I left the cinema with nothing but mixed feelings. While yes it was that big monster frenzy that I was excited to see, I couldn’t help feel the movie just fell short of being something so much bigger.
A Bland and Boring Story:
‘Members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species-thought to be mere myths-rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.’
While the synopsis of the plot is very exciting, what we’re actually given ends up being pretty dull. The movie only becomes something to enjoy because of the HUGE battle’s and impressive visual effects. It truly is a sight to see, the build up to each monster being revealed is extremely tense and to see the destruction that each one of them cause was very well done. Compared to the first Godzilla movie the monsters do get a lot more screen time and we get to explore each of their individual features in much more detail. However, my main issue with Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is that the only positives I can find are the big monsters and the impressive visuals. Story wise it was very weak with some unnecessary family drama used as an attempt to push some sort of narrative rather than just big monsters fighting. (Which to be honest: is the only thing we really need).
The performances by Milly Bobby Brown, Vera Farming, Charles Dance and Kyle Chandler were strong but they really weren’t given much to work on. They did the best with what they were given and the rest of the cast seemed to flop, Other cast members were given cheesy one liners and their performances felt more like cameos instead of feeling like actual important members of the cast. The thing with the characters is that you don’t really care much for them, they fail to evoke any emotions and connect with the audience and that’s a shame. All in all it seems to me that you could strip away all the human parts of this movie and you’re left with a much more interesting result: big monsters battles.
As expected they really were incredible, each Titan’s designs were beautiful and their scenes in which they were revealed on screen were mesmerising. Every single moment a monster appeared on the screen was seriously impressive and you could feel a really good sense of scale, your eyes will be glued to the screen. Not once during this movie did there feel like a choppy CGI moment that ruins your immersion, this movie has arguably the best visual effects I have seen in a movie, and that’s saying something. Seeing these Titan’s fight on the big screen in IMAX was a brilliant way to witness the movie. People aren’t lying when they say the bigger the screen the better. However, the constant dark tones and colours made the fights almost scene repetitive and on the verge of being too dark and dreary. Kong: Skull Island embraced using bright colours and the fight scenes were still arguably some of the best that I’ve seen in a monster movie so it’s a real shame this movie didn’t do the same. Because let’s be honest, bit of daylight really could have helped the movie become more of a pleasurable experience.
Will You Enjoy:
If you’re going for an interesting well driven plot with beautiful cinematography, fleshed out characters that you emotionally connect to and enjoy every moment that their on screen, then I hate to say it chief but this is not the movie for you. This of course, is a Godzilla movie. The human elements are completely uninteresting but the monsters are very much the opposite. It’s loud, it’s big and you’ll be blown away at every moment Godzilla and Co are on screen. The ending also clearly set’s up Godzilla v Kong and the future of the MonsterVerse so it’s not something you want to miss. (Pay attention to the credits and stay seated for a post-credit scene).