“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” delivers everything you could expect from a Godzilla movie: great, glorious giant monster fights and a forgettable human plot.
Fortunately, the epic, exciting nature of the giant monster fights is more than enough to make up for the bland human parts of the story. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is especially notable for bringing back several other classic movie monsters, so old school Godzilla fans will find a lot to love in the new film.
And as the title implies, Godzilla himself is king of the big screen.
“King of the Monsters” is a sequel to the the last Godzilla movie in 2014, but all that really carries over is the design of the monster and a couple of the human supporting characters. The plot involves a group of eco-terrorists traveling the world to wake up all of the hibernating monsters, including film classics like Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah.
Our only hope to save the world is for Godzilla to show up and lay the smackdown on the lot of them! He’s more than up to the task and it’s pretty fantastic. The monsters are huge, the fights are brutal and the sheer thrill of the bouts is more than enough to carry this film. The nostalgia of seeing these classic movie monsters rendered in modern CGI designs is worth the price of admission alone.
If you’re excited about a bunch of awesome Godzilla monster fights, “King of the Monsters” definitely delivers.
But in order to enjoy those monster fights, you’re going to have to sit through a bunch of less interesting human stories. Actor Kyle Chandler is the main character and he couldn’t be more bland or boring. Every other human character is more interesting than Chandler, but he’s the one carrying the action hero burden.
Millie Bobby Brown, from Netflix’s “Stranger Things”, makes her big screen debut as Chandler’s daughter and she is a far more interesting character. Hopefully she’s got a good career ahead of her. Most every other actor in the film provides some bit of charm or coolness to the movie, so at least the human story is watchable.
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is all about big, giant, CGI monster fights. If you’re a fan of such things, and especially if you’re a fan of old school Godzilla movies, you should enjoy the new film.