Thursday, December 30, 2021

#2,685. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) - Godzilla / Kong Mini-Marathon


Most people don’t go into a Godzilla movie expecting to be blown away by its storyline, and in the case of 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters that’s a good thing.

Set several years after the events of 2014’s Godzilla, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga as Dr. Emma Russell, a paleobiologist working for Monarch, an organization dedicated to studying and - when needed - protecting the enormous Titan creatures that are now roaming the earth.

While observing the birth of yet another Titan (Mothra), Dr. Russell and her daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) are kidnapped by eco-terrorist Alan Jonah (Charles Dance), who wants to get his hands on the “Orca”, a device designed to communicate with the Titans.

Upon hearing the news of their abduction, Dr. Russell’s ex-husband (and Madison’s father) Mark (Kyle Chandler) teams up with several of Dr. Russell’s Monarch associates, including Dr. Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) and Dr. Ishirō Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) to try and track the terrorist down. But when Jonah and his crew unleash the creature known as “Monster Zero” - which had been trapped in the Antarctic ice - Mark and the others realize it may take a monster as powerful as Godzilla to prevent this newest threat from taking over the world.

The battle scenes in Godzilla: King of the Monsters come fast and furious, and are so wonderfully exciting, so gloriously over-the-top that you’ll barely have a moment to catch your breath. The first showdown between Godzilla and Monster Zero (which Kaiju fans will immediately recognize as the three-headed monster, Ghidorah) is thrilling, as is the scene where Rodan is first released into the world (a sequence that also features Monster Zero, Godzilla, and an erupting volcano).

Yet even these pale in comparison to the climactic fight, in which four – that’s right, four – giant monsters duke it out.

By way of some amazing CGI, the creatures that populate Godzilla: King of the Monsters are brought convincingly to life, and as you sit there, gazing in wonder at one incredible battle sequence after another, odds are you won’t even notice how trite the story is, or how one-dimensional many of its characters are (save Millie Bobby Brown’s Madison, who is always interesting).

And if you do notice these things, I doubt you’ll care.
Rating: 8 out of 10

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