Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The monster, the myth, the mega-legend returns to wage war on an even-grander scale since we last saw him five years ago. This time, he fights monsters who seek to usurp his standing and claim to make a mark that will change the course of this world forever. Enter Godzilla: King of the Monsters!

Apparently, the events that occurred in the last Godzilla movie, kickstarted the plot of this feature. Godzilla’s appearance in San Francisco triggered an awakening of superspecies called Titans and they are making their presence felt all around the world. Scientist, Dr. Emma Russell, theorizes that mankind’s penchant for self-destruction, pollution and overpopulation is what started this Titan resurgence and believes that mankind’s greatest true chance at warding off extinction and planetary oblivion lies in awakening every Titan on Earth.

Her plan however depends on one thing: who the Titans answer to. For Godzilla to truly be crowned King of the Monsters, he has to contend with the presence of powerful monsters on his own level, including Rodan, Mothra and his arch-rival Ghidorah.

This movie had four of the most renowned movie monsters in history. This movie had dazzling visual effects. How could it become so boring? Aside from a chuckle here and there and a flinch or two, I was not enthralled or excited by the final product of this movie at all!

Director Michael Dougherty had a fairly promising premise that certainly brought in audiences but I felt that the plot was very stiff. The screenplay by Dougherty and Zach Shields was a monster-sized runaway train that had no clear idea where it was going.

I also felt that the movie was rather flat in how it was written. I ultimately believed that I could not get on board with the “saving the world at the expense of mankind” ploy and I thought that the visual splendor would ease my reservations about the film as it unfolded. I was wrong.

This movie had good players but the material they were working with ultimately doomed them and how they were utilized. In the last Godzilla feature, I felt that there was a lack of balance between the creatures and the human characters; this time, I felt that there was more of a balance but the humans were so dismal in the roles they played. There was no surprise. Also, I felt that unlike other creature features of this caliber, the monsters who headlined this weren’t given a proper chance to showcase their splendor.

Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobbie Brown, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Charles Dance, Sally Hawkins, Thomas Middleditch, Jonathan Howard, CCH Pounder, Bradley Whitford, all good actors who suffer due to a weak screenplay and story and their performances are left very wooden and blunt.

Bear McCreary’s music didn’t catch my attention truth be told, Lawrence Sher’s cinematography is hot and cold throughout, Roger Barton and Bob Ducsay’s editing is all over the place, Scott Chambliss’ production design has its moments but is ultimately forgettable, the art direction team does a fair job, Amanda Moss Serino’s set decoration was barely noticeable, and Louise Mingenbach’s costumes were drab. The only technical sell were the visual effects.

I wanted to enjoy Godzilla: King of the Monsters but the more I watched it, the more it wanted me to enjoy the monsters instead of the movie, while I felt that part of the movie was successful, the movie was a royal snooze. Maybe the next battle it was repetitively teasing throughout the movie, will be more entertaining.

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