Tssk, tssk, tssk. Godzilla, Godzilla. Why do you always break my heart? This is one of the most epic creations in movie history. Godzilla, like King Kong, and the dinosaurs for the Jurassic Park movies, are incredible beasts that deserve to be brought to life in the most magnificent ways on the big screen. The Jurassic Park franchise, however, is the only franchise who seems to handle the story surrounding these ancient creatures in an enjoyable way.
Five years ago my family and I went to see Godzilla. We were royally disappointed. I mean just absolutely livid at how terrible the film was. I didn’t think I would fall for the trap again. And then, with every special IMAX viewing of Godzilla: King of the Monsters I wanted to see the movie more and more. I saw the 40% score on Rotten Tomatoes. I ignored it. I figured people hated Transformers: Age of Extinction (it has an 18% Rotten Tomatoes score) but I LOVED it. I loved it so much I went and saw it three times at the movie theaters. Maybe this film would be better than the critics said it was. It wasn’t.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is an impressive spectacle no doubt that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible but unfortunately no matter how AMAZING the action scenes can be at times it wasn’t able to outweigh the dreadfully boring, terribly corny, super annoying storyline surrounding the humans.
Unnecessary family drama riddles the movie all the way until the film’s conclusion, making for an exasperating experience.
Milly Bobby Brown’s character, Maddison, is the invincible teenager who can stand in the middle of a raging battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah without dying. *rolling my eyes*
In fact, I don’t know how many instances there were where the main characters of the film would just stand around basically beneath the monsters’ feet watching the fighting while everything around them is being blown up or destroyed. It was truly ridiculous.
And let me tell you, the death scenes for a couple of characters that I won’t mention because this is a spoiler-free review were way too drawn out. I get it. Emotional depth to a movie is key to making a good film. But these characters aren’t like Tony Stark. When he had his long, drawn-out, emotional death and funeral in Avengers: Endgame we were crying because we had watched his character evolve over eleven years. We didn’t care about these characters in Godzilla: King of the Monsters so why were they trying so hard to make us care?
My Conclusion of the Film
I went to see this movie on the biggest, loudest format; IMAX. And it was definitely LOUD. Geez, I still have a headache from the eye-widening action scenes. I honestly wish I could say I had one of the best movie experiences in my life but unfortunately Godzilla has failed again. Will I be tricked again and drag myself to see Godzilla vs. King Kong next year only to be disappointed once more? I hope not. Maybe I’ve finally learned my lesson. 😒
I’m giving this 81 out of 100 and 3 out of 5 stars. The score would be lower if the action wasn’t so impressive. Now I will say, it was better than Godzilla, which is a relief, but I definitely will not be watching it a second time.
(Two years later, not only have I seen the movie several times since on HBO but I will definitely be watching Godzilla vs. Kong…just not in theaters.)
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