Godzilla: King of the Monsters – Movie Reviews by Ry!

Godzilla: King of the Monsters – Monsters and Mayhem of Kings

Consumed by the mantra of action, there is a name that brings about this definite kind of experience: Godzilla.  An icon of many generations, it rings the bell of big explosions, epic battles and a whole lot of power in between.  A sequel to the 2014 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters delivers in parts.  With ultimate fights connected by a story that is convoluted, this film just touches the surfaces of what it means to be the King.

The story takes place a few years after the destruction of San Francisco.  With the truth about titans coming to light, Monarch faces scrutiny from all sides.  As more titans awaken from hibernation, a growing threat to humanity becomes real.  With new obstacles in the form of the titans Ghidorah and Rodan, Godzilla must find a way to claim his throne and protect the world.   From the onset, the direction aims to create an experience that mashes together subtle hints of lore with style over substance.  The introduction to the human characters and their purpose is secondary to the growing conflict between Godzilla and Ghidorah.  Every Easter Egg, small exposition and overall introduction of lore is all pure fan service.  As much as this lack of development can take away from the aesthetics of basic storytelling, the irony is that it works in the film’s favor.  With no hinderance from forced explanations, underwhelming human drama and lackluster dialogue, these elements bridge the epic battles that happen between the titans. 

As Godzilla continues to struggle against Ghidorah, the aspect of their destruction becomes all too real.  The mounting deaths are hard to fathom, but there is no shying away from how merciless these monsters are upon the world.  From whole cities being wiped, people being crushed, eaten or burned alive, you are on the edge of your seat, driven by the perspective of no hope.  No matter how cliché everything is with the human characters, the direction always drives home that this film is about Godzilla versus Ghidorah; two alphas looking to take the reigns over all other titans.  Once everything leads into the third act, the small conflicts turns into an all-out brawl in the city of Boston.  From the bombastic destruction, the harrowing pitfalls and infusion of pure adrenaline like visuals, you are left with an amazing conclusion to their fight.  As the film ends within its own ridiculousness, the fandom is enough to fulfil the journey.  Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a film that fulfils its wish to bring the fans what they want.  I say it is worth seeing at the theaters, at most at a Matinee.   

Full Score – 3.5 out of 5 (Matinee)

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