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REVIEW | Is Godzilla II the king of the monster movies?

Well, what we came here for was the monster fights, and one of my favourite directors Michael Dougherty (Trick r’ Treat, Krampus) has heard the feedback of the last movie: that there wasn’t enough Godzilla, and has made a full u-turn, providing us with much Godzilla in the sequel. Maybe too much…

When a sonar device awakens ancient giants from around the world, human kind must decide whether to put their trust in original titan Godzilla to restore balance, or to somehow destroy these walking natural disasters.

Godzilla vs Ghidorah

The monster fights are spectacular don’t get me wrong. It is awesome to see Toho legends like Rodan, King Ghidorah and fan favourite Mothra in a battle royal that basically turns our earth to mush. The visual effects are outstanding and coupled with some amazing sound mixing you can feel every crunch. The sheer size of these creatures is overwhelming, in a good way. My main issue with the film though, is very similar to my issue with John Wick: Chapter 3. There is too much action. By the end of the movie, I was bored. Oh, look more destruction. I’d seen it all before.

Godzilla-King-Of-The-Monsters-New-Kaiju

They may as well have just made this a Godzilla vs King Ghidorah film. Because the others monsters don’t really have much weight. They give Mothra a big build up, but she ends up having very little impact. At least not an impact that I feel was warranted and Rodan just feels like Ghidorah’s understudy.

Mothra v Rohan

This movie is a perfect example of cutting edge-special effects not being a good enough excuse for bad writing. The humans in King of the Monsters are formed terribly. Although there is a somewhat interesting story thread consisting of a family of three who lost their fourth member, a son, during Godzilla’s rampage in the 2014 film and are dealing with this and their feelings toward the kaiju’s in their own distinct ways, for the most part the human roles are only there to provide us with super on the nose exposition, explaining why the monsters are doing what they’re doing.

Humans Godzilla

Ultimately, I’m fairly disappointed in Godzilla II: King of the Monsters. I had big hopes for this monster showdown, but the great looking creatures and a director that I’ve come to trust couldn’t get past a pretty empty plot, not unlike the hollow earth tunnels that the titans get around the world in.

2/5 stars. Flawed Watch

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