GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS. Directed by Michael Dougherty, with Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Millie Bobby Brown, Ziyi Zhang, Bradley Whitford, Charles Dance
THERESA SMITH reviews
Murky creature feature seems an apt way to describe Godzilla King of the Monsters – a not at all scary monsterfest. All the monsters we remember from Saturday morning Godzilla movies are here.
In fact, here’s a little trivia for you – the film has the same kaijū line-up as the 1964 film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.
This film is filled with references to other films, in creature design and even something as random as the fact that Kyle Chandler (who plays Mark Russell) was also in Peter Jackson’s King Kong (2005). Of course this one is supposed to be a follow-up to Godzilla (2014) and Kong Skull Island (2017) is also referenced.
All the references as background though is as much as you are going to get for context, and you had better be good with huge info-dumps because that is how the scientists in this one talk.
Mark Russell (Chandler) is approached by crypto-zoological agency Monarch to help figure out just what has triggered a huge wave of monsters appearing from the depths.
As Mark, Dr Serizawa (Watanabe) and Dr Graham (Hawkins) from Godzilla fly around the world trying to catch up to Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah, various monsters destroy cities and chase each other. The wind blows, the rain falls, monsters roar and people scream but monsters fighting each other in sun-less conditions makes it a tad difficult to really parse what is going on.
Tons of monsters duking it out
Even when the monsters are several stories high, no amount of people swearing when they see them is going to make you scared, because for a monster movie this is a surprisingly un-tense, limp affair.
While we do see Mark interact with his family and we certainly hear the scientists try to figure out what is happening, the audience never connects with anyone because there is just no story here. Things happen, people shoot guns and argue some more, and eventually you end up rooting for Godzilla or any kaijū to wipe everyone out so the plants can grow again.
There are lots of people in the movie, whether the plots needs them or not, and tons of monsters duking it out. But, this is only going to work if you loved watching the other 32 movies and want to watch a 33rd in which make-believe monsters duke it out because … monsters…
Godzilla King of the Monsters South Africa release date is 31 May 2019.
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What: Godzilla King of the Monsters review
Genre: Action, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi
Godzilla King of the Monsters running time: 132 minutes
Rating: 13 LV