Godzilla: King of the Monsters, 2019
Signed up the 29/03/2017
Godzilla: King of Monsters is a 2019 monster-mash movie directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Zhang Ziyi, Charles Dance, Aisha Hinds and others.
Alright so as a major fan of Garth’s Godzilla this sequel had big shoes to fill and it filled them (in some places). Don’t get me wrong I love Godzilla: King of Monsters, especially the monster brawls which happen from the get go but my issue with the film is the “heart” of it. The human characters.
The main family played by Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown, are supposed to be the emotional anchors of the story, they’re meant to be characters that ground the film but however they feel very one dimensional to me. I know that they’re dealing with loss (from the events of Garth’s Godzilla) but they feel stagnant and dated, sure grief can make one feel like they are trapped in a specific moment in time but that helps no one (read audience) if the characters don’t progress.
However the film is truly magical when it’s just Godzilla getting his ass beat by King Ghidorah, the CGI is magnificent and the Monthra sequences are absolutely breathtaking, something childhood dreams are made of. The effects department made sure to show us the beauty and terror of these monsters, from the delicate beauty of Monthra to the extinction level horror of Rodan taking flight and destroying everything in its path, the visuals never fail.
King Ghidorah’s first appearance tells you everything you need to know about him and the kind of creature he is, destructive and stunning. I think that he may be a representation of Satan himself, a being from the unknown, who comes to reshape who and what we are so that we can survive in his world and be better. Whereas Godzilla (God) is just an ass who is unwilling to change (lol), or it could be vice versa.
The movie does have an underlying message about biodiversity and even a political message about fighting the wrong enemy and such but because of the underdeveloped characters who are supposed to carry the message, we don’t really receive it and maybe that’s not such a bad thing because we do get a 2 hour film that’s nothing but big royal rumble monster chaos that sometimes tries to center itself with human moments and cheesy one-liners about life. A MUST WATCH for blockbuster junkies.
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