Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Review)

Godzilla, a giant prehistoric sea monster, paired with a whole series of newly introduced enormous kaiju, along with countless epic fights between these creatures … Godzilla: King of the Monsters appears to have everything going for it in order to create a fun and entertaining two-hour monster feature. Or does it?

Michael Dougherty takes the rains of this big-budget sequel which follows on from the events of the 2014 Gareth Edwards Godzilla motion picture. The former’s filmography includes horror films such titles as Trick r’ Treat and Krampus choosing this time to direct a monster picture instead. He had the heavy task of following up from Gareth Edwards’ work along with resolving the issues that were brought up concerning the prequel, such as Godzilla’s lack of screen time.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters introduces a number of new monsters to the 2014 movie. These include Mothra, a colossal moth, Rodan, a fire dragon, and King Ghidorah who is a three-headed monster who is commonly portrayed in the franchise as Godzilla’s archnemesis. The simple plot can be summed up as being a fight between the kaiju in order to determine the “alpha-male”. These kaiju are being brought to life by a group of humans led by Emma Russell. However, her intentions aren’t perceived as unanimous as the government-funded program Monarch attempts to stop her in her quest for human survival by all means necessary.

This film serves clear fan service by including weapons and monsters from the previous films. However, very little of this is developed and rather than merely being an amuse-bouche for the fans of the franchise. Instead they are presented as the main point of excitement. This just simply is not enough to save this movie especially once the atrocious dialogue is taken into consideration.

The human characters appear to be simply there to guide the audience towards the following kaiju fight. This creates a sense of boredom and worthlessness whenever these sequences occur. Do not expect any kind of substantial or worthy dialogue as Michael Dougherty’s script does not cater towards such. Even award-nominated actors such as Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga possess no room to shine with rather boring and sub-par dialogue.

The end result of Godzilla: King of the Monsters will suffice for someone simply seeking two hours of epic kaiju fights along with knowing further development in the MonsterVerse. Unfortunately, one must be prepared for such and not expect a great deal more than that.

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