There have been many monsters to grace the silver screen, but of all of them there is only one king; well two kings if you count the colossal ape. For years Godzilla has played a big role in pop culture as the atomic lizard has had over 30 films to his name. The icon made his return to states in the 2014 film, Godzilla, and the blockbuster found some success during to its run in theaters. It took a bit but the sequel to that film has found its way to theaters as the monstrous reptile returns in the massive blockbuster Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Directed by Michael Dougherty King of the Monsters brings a titanic showdown to the big screen as the movie features some of the series’ most prominent kaijus. Being a Godzilla fan I was eager to see the new film and wondered just what would be instore for this blockbuster; and in this Film Adventurer’s opinion Godzilla King of the Monsters is a monster movie through and through.
King of the Monsters tells the story of the organization Monarch and their conflict to maintain order with the likes of Godzilland the rest of the world. Problems arise when monarch member Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) creates a machine that emits kaiju frequency which leads to the release of monsters such as Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah. Conceptually this plot delivers as it was indeed a tale about monsters. However the execution to this story left much to be desired; well a little a bit if I am being honest. While the story is easy enough to follow it could a little too quick for its good which led to details and themes feeling glossed over. Aside from that though, the plot was quite exciting. From beginning to end the plot had me hooked as the constant collisions of kaijus made for a thrilling experience; and it all lead to a final act that practically had me on the edge of my seat.
It is not easy to make an effective cast for film such as this one as you have balance the human characters with that of the monsters. However I think King of the Monsters was able to maintain this balance. The human characters, though they lacked in development, were reasonable as they had a good blend of eccentric behavior and understandable reactions. This sensible execution was partially thanks to the solid performances from the likes of Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Charles Dance and Ken Watanabe. Even characters such as Dr.Rick Stanton (Bradley Whitford) and Dr.Sam Coleman (Thomas Middleditch) had something to offer the cast-which surprised me. However at the end of the day it was the monsters that claimed the spotlight. Godzilla was still a force to be reckoned with while Mothra and Rodan, though their time on screen was limited, stood out in their own ways. Last and certainly not least was Ghidorah who was simply calamity incarnate. I never thought it was possible to make Ghidorah more imposing than he was but this movie found a way as the apex predator was the perfect threat for both humans and kaijus alike.
To no surprise the movie ended up being a visual spectacle. The effects were fairly solid as they brought the monsters to life in a reasonable fashion. In the case of monster design the film did an exceptional job with each major kaiju as it brought a new look to the likes of Ghidorah and Mothra while keeping true to their original concepts. The visuals were also beneficial for the action which was fitting to the least. The battles between the kaijus was exhilarating and the cinematography only added to the monstrous action by creating practical tension to each moment. Rounding things out for the movie was the score by Bear McCreary. The music was not only thematic in nature but it also implemented the classic tracks from the series which only brought a smile to my face.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters was loud, ridiculous and I loved every minute of it. While the likes of storytelling and character development could have used more work the movie made up for it with its exciting nature and its good performances. When it came down to it this movie was about giant monsters and it certainly showed in the likes effects, action and even the music. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was as much a love letter to its respected series as it was an exciting blockbuster, and if you asked me it is a perfect movie for the summer season.