Here’s our take on Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the third instalment in Warner Bros.’ monster universe or simply “MonsterVerse”.
Long Live the King
Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, or so the 2014 movie says. In the sequel, directed and co-written by Michael Dougherty, we see Godzilla challenged with a three-headed titan that’s almost as big and powerful as the king of the monsters is.
Behold, King Ghidorah!
Expect massive battles between King Ghidorah and Godzilla as both fight for the title of “King of the Monsters”. Step aside, humans!
At the end of Godzilla (2014), humans hailed Godzilla as humanity’s savior after killing the two MUTOs who laid waste on Las Vegas and San Francisco. But how does Godzilla fair against King Ghidorah?
An all-out battle between the two kings is a sight to behold. Thanks to Dougherty’s creative repertoire, the monster battles made for great highlights and are, without a doubt, the best points of the film.
Some Things Missing
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown stars as Madison Russell, a teenager who lost his brother during the final battle in Godzilla (2014) five years prior, and daughter of exes Dr. Emma (Vera Farmiga) and Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler), both Monarch scientists.
As great as the cast, however, which included returning characters Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins as Dr. Vivienne Graham, it lacked the subtlety and finesse that made the 2014 movie more than just a slam-jam monster show. Getting through some scenes get confusing at times simply because there wasn’t enough of an effort put in to the story line.
Skip or Watch?
Godzilla: King of the Monsters may not be as good as the 2014 version but it’s still a decent 2+ hour of monster bang. Verdict: Watch!
Bonus: The MonsterVerse
The multiverse is real, folks! At least in movies, that is. We have the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with Spider-Man: Far From Home as their latest film, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) with Aquaman, Wonder Woman and its sub-universe DC Black with the Joker movie, Universal Pictures’ Dark Universe which started with 2017’s The Mummy.
Introducing the MonsterVerse, a shared fictional universe that features monster films including Godzilla and King Kong. Yes, we are talking about the enormous gorilla-like creature from the 2017 film Kong: Skull Island. Yes, Kong and Godzilla exist in the same universe. And guess what, the next film slated for release under the MonsterVerse is Godzilla vs Kong which is scheduled to be released on 2020. Though, as of now, we still have not seen any promotional materials for the movie.
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