One of the Most Visually Stunning Films of the Year, but What Does it Have to Say?- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Review
"Oh my God" "Zillaaaa"
Godzilla: King of the Monsters, is the 2019 blockbuster film that demonstrates everything computer-generated imagery (CGI) has evolved into. The story is meant to be a sequel to the 2014 version and follows the aftermath of the devastation of San Francisco and the Godzilla-effect on the world. Supernatural zoological agency, Monarch, has been studying and containing an array of titanic monsters living and hibernating in remote locations around the world, while also fighting against government shutdown of their program. Meanwhile, the mighty Godzilla roams underwater and unseen.
This film is full of action and fun, but like many of its kind, lacks a well-thought story line and direction. The rising action of the film focuses on a broken family. The versatile Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Farmiga, who work with Monarch studying a way to communicate with the god-like monsters, and their estranged husband/father, Kyle Chandler, who has chosen isolation to avoid all things supernatural, find their way back to each other over the course of this film.
When Mark Russell's estranged wife and daughter are assumed to be kidnapped, he must jump into the deep end of all the madness to save the only family he has left and subsequently, the world.
The film focuses primarily on three main beings- Godzilla, Mothra, and Ghidora- with little time and story leftover to really get into all of the other creatures. Maybe there wasn't enough time in the movie, or maybe the time was spent on unnecessary moments, like the main plot. Monsters like Ghidora were released without any prior knowledge on what the repercussions would be, what the monsters would be like, and if they can even play nice with humans. Because humans have destroyed the earth (we have), a monstrous plague was placed on everyone, without a reasonable outcome. If you're story line is going to play as a cautionary tale and point out the damage humans have done to the earth, at least spend more time developing that idea- rather than flashing a bunch of real life images of developing countries, overpopulation, wars, and pollution over a rushed, 2-minute speech that lacks any depth. Movies like Interstellar and Avatar do a wonderful job at truly illustrating the effects of human destruction, whilst keeping the audience intrigued by their cinematography.
This movie is all kinds of flashy and cool from far away. I remember sitting through it in the theater and thinking "Wow, these creatures are way cooler than my brain would ever imagine," but once you get up close and look for substance, this movie is empty and lackluster in many other ways. The film struggles between trying to keep up with their main idea and showing off their creatures, that they fall short on both. If their plan was to bring awareness to climate change, they failed, and every other plot point felt so rushed and pointless, there may as well have not been any talking in the film at all. No really, I would have much rather just watched an entire movie with a bunch of these ancient monsters fighting to the death, because then I would get the point. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is another blockbuster film, relying entirely too much on their CGI budget and not enough on utilizing the amazing actors they have enlisted to tell a good story.
Jacindable Rating: ★★
starring, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Zhang Ziyi, Charles Dance, Kyle Chandler, Sally Hawkins, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O'Shea Jacksom Jr., Anthony Ramos and more
written and directed by, Michael Dougherty, Max Borenstein, and Zach Shields