Godzilla: King of the Monsters

I think the only and best way I can describe how exciting this movie was is by explaining the person sitting beside me reaction. Mouth wide open, drool running down the side of her face and full out snoring and I don’t blame her. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a snooze fest. This movie advertises the big monsters battles, and while those scenes are exciting to watch, they are too far and few between. Instead, we spend a good 80% of the film on way too many human characters and their subplots.

The biggest problem with this movie is its human characters. Not a single one of them is interesting, except for maybe Millie Bobby Brown’s character, but even then I couldn’t tell you her name. There are way too many characters in this movie that it is hard to latch on to any of them because we never get enough time with them. Kyle Chandler probably gets the most amount of screen time, but I couldn’t even really tell you what he was complaining about for most of the movie. I would argue Vera Farmiga’s character is the most pivotal player in this movie, and there were a solid 30 minutes of this movie where I had completely forgotten she was in the film. She disappears for a good chunk of the middle part of Godzilla, or maybe it wasn’t as long as I think it was, that’s just how much I cared. There was just way too much story and characters for a movie about a giant lizard fighting a three-headed dragon.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters should have been simple and to the point. No one comes to this kind of movie and expects The Godfather. Hell, no one comes to see this movie and expects to see something like Jurassic Park. All people want to see is monsters fighting and wreaking havoc. We do get that from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but we also get an overly complicated story. I’m having a hard summarizing all that goes on in this movie. There is a machine that can communicate with the monsters, an evil ex-military group of people trying to kill the monsters or destroy the world… I don’t really know which. Charles Dance is completely wasted. I have no idea why you would get an actor of his caliber and give him absolutely nothing interesting to do in this movie. This movie is an overly complicated script to get to the epic battles scenes. This could’ve been a much simpler story to get to the exact same thing we all came for.

And that thing we all came for is the monster battles. This is the best part of the movie. One of the biggest complaints about the first movie was how often the film would cut away from Godzilla. That’s not the case in this movie. We get a good amount of fights and battles with Godzilla. The visual effects are incredible. The battles are epic. One thing I loved about the 2014 Godzilla was the way they shot Godzilla. A lot of the camera shots were from an on the ground perspective. It gave a terrifying look at the sheer size of these creatures. This movie doesn’t have many shots like that. Instead, most of the shots are a mid-close-up on the creatures, so we lose a little bit of the spectacle of the first one.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters should have been an exciting thrill ride from start to finish, but instead is another slew of dull characters and overly complicated storytelling. The battle scenes with Godzilla fighting his iconic monsters were very cool to see, but by that point, I had already checked out. Don’t bother watching this movie.

Rating: D+

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