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Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the newest film set in Legendary's Monsterverse, with the two previous films being Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island. King of the Monsters takes place five years after the events of the first movie, with new titans reemerging. The world lives in fear of these creatures, which is understandable. The destruction Godzilla and the MUTO caused back in 2014 was tremendous, and killed a lot of people. So, by what the trailers showed and by knowing how sequels work, the stakes would be raised in this movie, as well as the spectacle.
Some of the biggest complaints about Godzilla (2014) is the lack of the titular character himself. He doesn't appear that much, and as I watched the movie for the first time, I was a little upset. However, when the final battle occurred, I could understand why he didn't appear that much towards the beginning of the film. The reason was the build-up. The creators of the film wanted fans on the edge of their seat waiting to finally see this brand new take on Godzilla in action. And to me, it paid off. I think the first Godzilla movie is great, and I will always stand by that. It left me excited to see more of Godzilla, as well as many other titans, in the new film.
King of the Monsters delivers when it comes to more monsters and more action. I personally think the action in this film is incredible (the monster action that is) and the monster designs are amazing. Godzilla is more menacing than ever, and Ghidorah is even more menacing than him. The other monsters are all beautiful to look at, including Mothra and the giant mammoth creature. I honestly wish I could have seen more of them. The best part about this movie is the monsters and the action that follows them, and that's honestly what I came to see. I walked out of the theatre pleased with that aspect of the film.
Humans are Dumb
With every big monster movie comes a batch of humans to, well... humanize the movie. Humans, in my opinion, are almost always the worst part of a monster movie, especially one of this size. I would have been okay with a simple plot of the titans randomly waking from a long slumber, with humans having to deal with the aftermath. Instead, the movie gives us human villains... humans that actually think that waking the creatures and letting them fight will bring peace to Earth and save human life. I guess in a way they were correct. After Ghidorah is defeated, Godzilla keeps the monsters away from the humans, with the mid-credit newspaper clippings making it sound like they are all headed towards Skull Island. However, it still wasn't a smart decision in the movie, and it wasn't a smart decision for the movie to have human villains, because it ended up as the worst aspect of the film. I had a hard time caring about any of the characters, as well. I love Millie Bobbie Brown, but her character is only in this movie to contrast with her mother... who is a villain in a way, and as mentioned before, didn't need to be in this movie.
Best Monster Movie Ever?
No. Biggest and most destructive? Possibly. And that, readers, is what makes this film awesome. Not humans. Not the story. The monsters and their interactions (mostly fighting). That is what I came to watch this movie for. Yes, it upsets me that the human characters were boring. However, I honestly expected it (sorry Millie). I can see some people getting bored of the constant monster fights, but I loved it. I am always okay with seeing a film just for the destruction. I love good stories, but it is never wrong to watch a movie just for the visuals. This film isn't perfect, but it was, for the most part, what I needed it to be. However, since I can recognize flaws, I will be giving Godzilla: King of the Monsters a 7/10.
On a side note, King Kong stands no chance against Godzilla. Right?
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