Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review


 

 

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Now this Godzilla movie was one that I enjoyed. The special effects and action sequences were visually stunning, the other creatures besides Godzilla served an important purpose to the film’s conflicts, and I felt like I was watching a Godzilla movie for the first time. That is due mostly to the fact that what grabs the attention in a Godzilla movie is the destruction and battle scenes that do take up lots of this film.  In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the scenes of danger and suspense go on throughout the movie. On top of that, the graphics for Godzilla and the creatures alone are top-notch and creepy in an intriguing way. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a thrill ride. I saw this in IMAX and the clear imaging combined with feeling the loud sounds made the experience captivating and memorable.

In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the story is fresh in its plot. The focus is on a crypto-zoological agency Monarch that comes to the realization that Godzilla and many other giant monsters are around in the world and going to cause destruction. The other giant monsters are Mothra and Rodan, but Godzilla’s biggest enemy is the three-headed dragon monster King Ghidorah. The characters that find themselves in a crisis with these creatures and that serve key roles in finding ways to survive are Mark Russell (played by Kyle Chandler), Dr. Emma Russell (played by Vera Farmiga), Madison Russell (played by Millie Bobby Brown), Dr Ishiro Serizawa (played by Ken Watanabe), Dr. Rick Stanton (played by Bradley Whitford), Dr. Vivienne Graham (played by Sally Hawkins), Jonah Alan (played by Charles Dance), Sam Coleman (played by Thomas Middleditch), Chief Warrant Officer Barnes (played by O’shea Jackson Jr.) and Admiral William Stenz (played by David Straithairn). All of them are placed in this crisis scenario and have different beliefs as to what may be the right answer to solve the issues. Many believe in finding cover for long durations until the destruction passes, but others believe they can find alternative strategies to make battle sequences happen between Godzilla and his other monster enemies.  Throughout the movie, viewers will wonder if our main characters can survive.

For this Godzilla film, I like how it is fresh and something different and not really continuing from Gareth Edwards Godzilla (2014).  Although I enjoyed that Godzilla film, I like Godzilla: King of the Monsters slightly better. That is because the 2014 Godzilla movie took its time to build up to its action moments and for the audience to see the actual Godzilla creature. The main character in the 2014 film (which was Bryan Cranston) died much earlier than anticipated in the movie.  I believe that particular Godzilla film tried too hard to build the anticipation for its fans to keep waiting in excitement for Godzilla to show up Godzilla: King of the Monsters, however, gives its fans what they are wanting and that is non-stop action, multiple peril moments, new action scenes with more violent consequences, and just more danger with a fight sequence expected to be around every corner.

Godzilla’s enemies are also creepy enough to make fans feel they are part of the film’s suspense. The moment when King Ghidorah came into the scene where both that creature and Godzilla had a showdown, I was dazzled and captivated by the powers they use for attack and how it even got suspenseful when the characters are right in the middle of that fighting sequence. I was wondering who was going to be impacted by the battle of Godzilla and King Ghidorah and who is going to win that showdown. Of course, Godzilla is dangerous, but he is still viewed like he is the protagonist, given the other creatures come later and the fans are eagerly awaiting Godzilla’s arrival.

The film is attention-grabbing and worthy of seeing in a theatre. I like how director Michael Dougherty took his time with this movie and made this Godzilla movie enticing for his audience. He put together the perfect lineup of science and other creatures to make Godzilla: King of the Monsters entertaining. Having the movie take place in a variety of locations in multiple countries also adds to the film.  This added to the suspense by bringing the viewers to new places for more catastrophes to happen. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a rollercoaster ride of thrills and full of new arrivals that viewers will not expect and therefore, I give it three and a half stars.

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