King or monster?

In 2014 we got a modern Godzilla movie helmed by Gareth Edwards that didn’t quite deliver as expected. People went to see a film of monsters and chaos but the movie only showed bits of that for less than a quarter of an hour and was engulfed in darkness nearly the whole epic battle. The sequel was green lighted with the director set to return, but changes were made which halted the movie on post-production for nearly 2 years. This of course is always a cause of concern for any movie but the drop of the first trailer, and the prequel movie, Kong: Skull Island restored some hope for the movie. So is it the king of monster movies?

The concept at the heart of this  Godzilla, quite frankly, is off-the-wall wacky - so bold and audacious and weird that you have to give director/co-screenwriter Michael Dougherty some credit for the effort, even if his execution of it is not completely perfect. This is no mere story of monsters raining mayhem down upon mankind. Instead, the film moves its mythology quite firmly into the realm of environmental anxieties to even faith; Godzilla, the film suggests, is as much god as monster.  You can draw biblical ideologies from these monsters or dilute it with simple surreal xenophobia that Godzilla is bad, but he is our bad.

The first Godzilla film in this franchise suffered for shoving its titular monster into the background, having him play second fiddle to human characters who weren't all that well-written to begin with. This one is all for the monsters, which in reverse makes the human characters not that outstanding. The MVP here, though, is Millie Bobby Brown. She brings to Madison the same soulful blend of toughness and tenderness that made her such a breakout star in Netflix's Stranger Things. The rest of the cast are impressionable but still forgettable.

The sad thing about the movie is that it makes great mythos that aren’t paid off as well as you would hope for. The characters dance around the concepts ideas and rarely sink deeper than the surface driving the plot but which make the motivations less than convincing. The story is quite big and without adequate time that some scene chops in the action sequences are confusing. The darkness though an improvement from the first Godzilla movie, still is a distraction in some scenes.

Other than that, there is no such thing as too much Godzilla. This is not a movie for drama, or romance or any of the human plotlines, its Godzilla’s, he is the one on the title and he wants nothing else than to be the king of the monsters. The monsters look and sound as monsters. The CGI is near perfect. Go in to watch the kaiju version of WrestleMania and you will not leave disappointed. 

PS. There is a post credit scene so don’t be too quick to leave until the credits completely end, but then again, it’s not worth that much.

Till next time, godzpeed!!

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By NAICCON on Jun 3, 2019

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