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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

The King has returned - along with 17 other classic Titans - but, hey, long live the King!

Continuing the plot of 2014’s Godzilla and 2017's Kong: Skull Island as far as the Monarch Corporation is concerned, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a creature-centered film that wastes little time in giving moviegoers EXACTLY what they want to see: MONSTERS.  Yes, this time you can actually SEE Godzilla and a whole bunch of other TITANS as they wreak havoc in reclaiming their territory and stomping out the problem of humanity’s recklessness.  Sure, there is a darkness to much of the production and, sure, most of the fights take place in the rain, but the creature designs here, paying their respects to TOHO, are simply BRILLIANT.  

"ABSOLUTELY delivers when it comes to monster-sized throwdowns and epic battles by land, sea, and air"


And, yeah, being a total fan of Godzilla and his 35 films helps in your appreciation of this movie . . . just ask my girlfriend who nodded off three times during the movie.  

Godzilla: King of the Monsters picks up where 2014’s Godzilla left off.  The world is forever changed.  Why?  Because monsters DO exist.  And it is up to Paleobiologist Emma Russell (Vera Farminga) to figure out how to co-exist with them.  Except, because she is still grieving over the loss of her son after the San Francisco attacks, she doesn’t exactly do that and teams up with Colonel Alan Jonah (Charles Dance) to build a device that only the Titans can hear. Their mission is to wake up all the known Titans and let them cleanse the earth and restore balance.

She first uses the device to control Mothra, the feminine kaiju that first appeared in 1961.  Yes, you read the correctly.  Mothra is here in King of the Monsters (and so are shout-outs to the Mothra twins).  Thanks to the nods in this film, her connection to Godzilla has never been stronger.  But the Monarch Corporation is hiding all sorts of monsters.  From Rodan to King Ghidorah and BEYOND, Godzilla has some work to do.  Because Russell and Jonah want all the Titans awakened so that the earth can re-stabilize itself.  Kinda messed up, right?

So much for protecting her 12-year-old daughter, Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) and her estranged ex-husband, Mark (Kyle Chandler), an animal behavior and communication specialist that Monarch ropes into helping them in their handling of the re-awakened Godzilla.  She’s gone all out in her quest for logical revenge and, as the realities of what she’s done begins to register, finds herself and the world in over their heads as the monsters assemble to kill them all. 

Turns out that Godzilla is the only one who can restore order, but is there a fighting chance against the three-headed monstrosity that is King Ghidorah?

Co-starring a returning Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ishirō Serizawa, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O'Shea Jackson Jr., and David Strathairn, the human component of this monster mash-up is served with quality performances, even if the film, directed by Michael Dougherty and written by Dougherty, Zach Shields, and Max Borenstein, gives them little to do except stand in awe at the battling monsters around them.Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

While the movie might be a little light in the character department, it ABSOLUTELY delivers when it comes to monster-sized throwdowns and epic battles by land, sea, and air.  These monsters are raging hardcore and the effects deliver a spectacle that is, at once, brighter than what came before (as you can actually see the fights), more deadly (Godzilla takes King Ghidorah through a building), and a lot more fun as Godzilla goes from baddie to main good guy and fights alongside a bunch of jets and armed forces against the rest of the Titans.

The Titans have assembled.  With Godzilla vs. Kong on the way, I think it is safe to admit that it’s their planet now.

4/5 stars

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language.
Runtime:
131 mins
Director
: Michael Dougherty
Writer:
Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields
Cast:
Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
One King To Rule Them All.
Memorable Movie Quote: "So you'd want to make Godzilla our pet."
Theatrical Distributor:
Warner Bros.
Official Site: https://www.godzillamovie.com/
Release Date:
May 31, 2019
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No details available
Synopsis: The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

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