Spoiler Free – You Need To See This One Yourself
I must admit I went into Godzilla: King Of The Monsters with low expectations. However, I have not been more pleasantly surprised by a film all summer. Don’t come into this one expecting a spectacular story but sit back and enjoy the ride.
Let’s start with the characters, which is where most shallow movies lose me. With the likes of Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven from Stranger Things), Kyle Chandler (From Friday Night Lights, Super 8, and Argo), and Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones) this film had a solid cast.
Their performances alone kept me interested in the so-so story. On a humorous note, Millie felt typecast to me. Most of her scenes in this movie were of her silent or screaming, which kept pulling me back to her playing Eleven. To Godzilla’s credit, it totally worked for this film. Beyond Millie, the rest of the cast also did a great job in their roles. I will give the rare shout out to Sarah Finn, the casting director for this film. After seeing her credits as the casting director for Crash (2004), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Black Panther (2018), and most of the upcoming Marvel Disney+ Series, I see why this cast carried the story.
I can’t ethically review this movie without calling out the story. Not to say that the story in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters was atrocious, but it was obviously a vehicle for its epic scenes. I admit that there must be some type of storyline to move a movie along, but they could have added a little something to make it more interesting. Without revealing too much, the story turned Godzilla: King Of The Monsters into an Eco-Terrorist movie. Not that it wasn’t interesting, it just seemed very cliché to me.
Now for the best part…. THE SCALE OF THIS MOVIE IS EPIC! Bob Hoose from Pluggedin.com commented “This metropolis-munching monster masher makes superhero-movie destruction look almost dainty in comparison”, which I could not agree with more. Take all the destruction from The Avengers (Okay, don’t include The Snap) and Justice League, and it pales in comparison to a single step from Godzilla, the hurricane of destruction that is King Ghidorah, and the battle of Rodan and Mothra. The CGI, destruction, and pure visuals this film delivers are top-notch. Like I mentioned before if you can turn off your brain, sit back, and enjoy the ride… I guarantee you will not be disappointed with this film.
Another pleasant surprise of Godzilla was that throughout this film I noticed references to Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island (2017). I did not realize that this film is connected to both. Unbeknownst to me, Legendary Films has been building what they are calling their “Monster Universe” with Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and now Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (2019). In looking into their Monster Universe, there is a 2020 film planned called Godzilla VS. Kong, which I am now excited for after seeing Godzilla: King Of The Monsters. The connection to a larger universe of movies helps justify some of the storylines in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and is a must-know fact coming into this movie.
I give Godzilla: King Of The Monsters a solid 4 out of 5 for the pure entertainment value alone.