Movie Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters is this year’s big giant monster movie (obviously). A sequel to the 2014 reboot of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, this movie features bigger villains, bigger monsters, and a pretty epic giant monster fight.

Honestly, none of these movies have been fantastic. The 2014 Godzilla was okay. Kong: Skull Island didn’t really work for me. And this time around, the media coverage has gotten, honestly, kind of weird. I’ve rarely seen a movie with this big a gap between the critics’ and audience’s reviews. And it’s not just Rotten Tomatoes, where it tends to skew to the extremes and is currently sitting at 39% vs. 87%. IMDB’s audience score is 6.9 out of 10, while Metacritic gives it a much worse 48 out of 100.

What’s going on? I don’t know, but I actually thought it was pretty good—in fact, the best of the three.

My rating: 4 out of 5.

I think the biggest flaw was right at the start, where they introduce the new characters, Mark, Emma, and their daughter, Madison. The introduction made it clear what was going on, but having only seen the previous movie once, I honestly didn’t know if we were supposed to recognize them from before and therefore how we were supposed to think about them. It made it confusing because they looked like random victims in the first scene, but they’re shown to be Monarch scientists in the second. I’ll save you the trouble now. They’re all-new characters.

But while the movie probably would have benefited from more returning characters, it still turned out pretty well. We had Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah all duking it out, with some pretty cool battle scenes. And even with only a passing knowledge of the lore, it was fun seeing how much of it they managed to fit into the story. (The Oxygen Destroyer, anyone?)

I don’t have a whole lot else to say about this movie. This kind of movie, I suspect most people are mainly just going to a matinee to see a giant monster fight. But unlike what many critics say, it had a fairly complex and interesting human storyline, too, and I enjoyed it all around.

About Alex R. Howe

I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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