After a five-year absence, Godzilla is finally back on the big screen. Even though 2014’s Godzilla wasn’t exactly our favourite movie ever, there was a sense of awe and wonder every time everyone’s favourite reptilian kaiju graced the screen.
Despite criticism toward the titular character’s eight minutes of screen time, director Gareth Edwards did a commendable job in translating Godzilla’s scale and immense visual presence onto the silver screen. Naturally, when it was announced that the film was receiving a sequel treatment, we were more than excited for the King of the Monsters’ next Hollywood outing.
A True Visual Feast That’s Worth Experiencing on the Largest Screen Possible
Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a true visual spectacle. With its dazzling special effects, jaw-dropping cinematography and spectacular creature designs, watching the Godzilla sequel in IMAX is a truly breath-taking experience.
If the trailer promises incredible Kaiju battles, the actual movie delivered that promise in spades. Whether it’s Godzilla battling a three-head lizard or jaw-dropping shots of a kaiju-sized insect flapping its wings, King of the Monsters has gone through great lengths in making sure that audiences are enthralled whenever a Kaiju appears. The studio seemed to take the criticism towards the 2014 predecessor to heart, doubling down on the fight sequences and Godzilla’s screen time.
A Star-studded Ensemble as Exciting as Their Colossal Creature Counterparts
On top of its incredible visuals, King of the Monsters also boasts a true ensemble piece. Alongside returning Godzilla co-stars Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum), Ken Watanabe (Inception) returns as Godzilla’s number one fanboy, dropping the coolest one liners.
New additions to the cast include Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), with Millie Bobby Brown stealing the show with her incredible performance as a young girl manoeuvring her way around a family shattered by monster mayhem.
Lack of Direction Is The True Monster of the Film
However, despite its exciting action sequences and a stellar cast, the movie as a whole is confusing at best, and narratively convoluted at worst. The marketing campaign for King of the Monsters poised the film to be a full-on monster on monster violence epic, but the final product is far from it.
On top of its pacing issues, King of the Monsters spends a considerable amount of time fleshing out its human characters (which isn’t entirely a bad thing because the audience needs someone to latch on to that isn’t a gigantic creature with sharp teeth). But the motivations of its characters are so vague and nonsensical that it can be difficult for the audience to empathise. Due to its thinly developed human characters and ridiculously slow pacing, King of the Monsters struggles to figure out what it wants to be.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is undoubtedly more convoluted than its predecessor due to its thinly developed human characters and meandering plot line, but it compensates for these narrative insufficiencies by doubling down on monster fights. Regardless, there’s plenty that works here to satisfy most Kaiju fanatics or anyone in the appetite for a fun summer blockbuster ride that’s worth checking out on the largest screen possible.