(This is Godzilla: King of the Monsters film review, which is a sequel to the 2014 movie)
Godzilla has always been one of the most recognisable monster, or kaiju, that spreads since its creation in the Land of the Rising Sun. And since the 2014 remake film debut, it has now returned in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, this time with many more Titans appearing to fight for the alpha throne.
It is directed by Michael Dougherty and features old and new casts such as Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi.
With plenty of famous stars behind it, would this film be the best sequel to the rebooted series? Read on the Godzilla: King of the Monsters film review below to find out!
5 years after the event in the 2014 film where Godzilla had fought with another kaiju, the secret organisation Monarch is revealed to have found 17 dormant titans. However, another evil organisation plans to awaken all of them in order to ‘right’ the balance of the world. Little did they know that they would release a titan so powerful that perhaps only Godzilla could defeat, but could it do it successfully when it has the humanity as the enemy as well?
Godzilla: King of the Monsters Film Review
It focuses straight on the epic fights between the Titans, Which is what we come to watch in the first place
The premise is pretty straightforward, where we have a bad guy trying to awaken all Titans in order to put the balance back into the world. While we have the Monarch, who aims to preserve some good ones, and then we have the military who just wants to kill all titans. In this way, the film is almost black and white, but some parts do blur the lines.
There are a few twists here and there but most of them are pretty predictable. Or should I say, they are cliché. But the film also knows that storytelling is not its main forte. So the story goes fast from the beginning till the end. We are shown appearances of different titans and even Godzilla from the start. The story has always been about these titans and not on the people.
In some sense, I like the way the film handles the premise in a simple way. It does not try to be complex by introducing unknown or surprising twists, and instead focuses straight on the epic fights between the Titans. Which is what we come to watch in the first place. Another interesting part is when it contains many references to the upcoming films as well as the other films from the Kong series. And adding some mythical tale also makes their presences seem more interesting and believable.
One bad thing about the premise is when some parts seem to contain loopholes, like how the people in the Monarch and the main character knows is his daughter who is playing the Orca in the stadium. I remembered there were no contact between the 2 organisations, so this should have been impossible.
Pacing wise is handled well, where things move fast straight away from the start. It does not take its time to build the story world, as we already knew most of that from the last film in 2014. We are immediately introduced to new Titans and then, at the same fast pace, to the big fights between Godzilla and some of them.
The action is non-stop and is pretty epic in scale. And here, the special effects work wonders to elevate the intensity of the scenes. The bright colours of each Titan is apparent and is brought forth with powerful effects such as lightning, lava and radiation explosion. Each attack from the Titan is destructive and is a visual feast to behold.
This is especially true in the last fight, where Godzilla unleashes its full power against his enemy. We can feel the epicness of the fight, with the weather full of thunderstorm and strong wind. What I also like is each Titan is assigned a specific colours, such as Godzilla’s blue etc. It just makes them so iconic and recognisable even before they are seen on screen.
To be fair, the human characters do not take the centre stage here. No, the throne belongs to the Titans and that’s who we are here for. But some of the characters, such as the Dr. Ishiro, who returns from the previous film, have some important and touching moments that gives a human touch to the films.
Otherwise, most of the characters are pretty one dimensional, except for the daughter and mom. But they are still pretty cliché and do not really stand out in terms of performances. Now, Godzilla is still the same as ever with his imposing presence, and in this film, he gets an upgrade in power. Though, he is still a pretty one-sided character unlike King Kong, who has a reason to survive in the Skull Island.
As for his nemesis, the three headed King Ghidorah is more interesting in concepts. It is the only Titan not from Earth and has 3 heads with almost different personalities of each head. I like the nemesis which makes it really feel like a true alpha fight of the titans.
The SFX also helps in making this film a satisfying watching experience in both visual and audio
Soundtrack is DAYUUMM! Some of the remixed tracks for Godzilla and his fights with the other Titans are damn epic! They fit the scenes so appropriately that the whole fight feels like an ancient god fight to the throne. Things become more intense, epic and badass and I can feel adrenaline running as I watch the last fight. The SFX also helps in making this film a satisfying watching experience in both visual and audio.