Movie Review: ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

June 4, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

If you like watching giant monsters fighting each other and wrecking cities, then Godzilla: King of the Monsters delivers. Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah all get some serious action in this movie as they fight each other for dominance of the world while all the tiny humans run for their lives or get smashed to pieces. But there are humans in this movie, and they do get a lot of screen time. Thankfully it’s a great cast of memorable B-list actors who keep the entire film entertaining and interesting. Don’t expect a super intelligent, deep movie, however, if you’re here for fun, you’re in luck.

One thing I liked about Godzilla: King of the Monsters is that it builds off of both Gareth Edwards Godzilla movie and Kong: Skull Island. There’s no erasure of the previous films and they’re all integrated into one narrative universe. This film even builds on the story to setup the next film in the franchise, King Kong vs. Godzilla. While you only get a glimpse of Kong in this movie, there is plenty of screen time for the other monsters, even some of the monsters other than the big four who get top billing. They integrate the whole Monarch group whose monitoring and studying the monsters with the idea of a hollow earth theory, and the idea that these giant monsters somehow help bring balance to the planet despite all the destruction they cause. By using those other films to help develop the story, it adds some serious momentum for the world their building. And as a fan of all three films, I’m really enjoying what they’re doing.

The four primary monsters look great, and the film has some fun doing some great scenic shots of the monsters. For instance there’s a great shot of Ghidorah on top of a volcano with a giant cross in the foreground. Little elements of the cinematography like that really make the visuals pop. There’s tons of action and fight scenes between the monsters and the humans, and the monsters fighting each other. It all builds up to a big fight between all four of them.

When you’re not enjoying massive monsters smashing things, there’s a couple subplots with the human cast. There’s a father trying to rescue his daughter, the Monarch team trying to stop the monsters, and an eco-terrorist group who is trying to unleash the monsters on the world. With some good humor and enjoyable actors, they all manage to keep it interesting despite us all wanting to see more of the giant monsters bashing each other.

In the end, if you like Godzilla movies, you should go see this one. I loved it and thought it was a lot of fun. Make sure to stick around after the credits for a bonus scene, and there’s a lot of neat headlines shown during the credits that reveal where the story is heading next. I give Godzilla: King of the Monsters a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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