Modern sci-fi movies: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

Does Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters finally deliver the modern monster movie mayhem fans have been waiting for?

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
(USA/Canada/Japan 2019, director: Michael Dougherty)

An eco-terrorist group gets their hands on the bio-acoustics generator Orca which awakens the Titans to bring the end of humanity for a clean restart, and the crypto-zoological agency Monarch’s only chance of survival is to bring Godzilla and Mothra into the monster mash-up game.

While the 2014 version of Godzilla tried the formula of not showing much of Godzilla for most of its runtime, it was clear that the whole political message became less important than the final epic fights. Kong: Skull Island was quite a different beast in delivering more monster action, but again made the mistake of focusing more on politics and some rather uninteresting characters. Godzilla: King of Monsters is an evolution of the idea to bring more monsters together to fight it out in a very big style, but it again suffers from the same problems.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Stranger Things TV show (see Netflix watchlist: April to May 2017 for Season 1 and Netflix watchlist: January 2018 for Season 2), so having one of the child actors in it wasn’t the best prerequisite to enjoy this movie. But even if one is a fan of Madison Russell, one still has to admit that the whole family story is so annoying and nonsensical (like the main plot about the annihilation of humanity for its own good) that following the plot is an exercise in patience. It’s really a shame that so much talking is going on in a runtime of over 2 hours that could have been better spent with more action. So despite offering some very impressive and fun fighting sequences, there is so much melodrama that it hurts the movie in general. Of course this has always been a problem with these kinds of movies in the past, but the same old family tropes and uninteresting military characters won’t win anyone over. Hopefully Godzilla vs. Kong will finally deliver on the all-out-action the genre is in desperate need to satisfy blockbuster expectations.

Score: 6/10

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Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
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