Godzilla: King of the Monsters

 

MFC Review

 


 

Godzilla emerges to fight many of Toho‘s finest characters in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), the most recent movie in the MonsterVerse.

 

Directed by Michael Dougherty (X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016), Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the sequel of Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014) and features Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Ken Watanabe, among others.

 

The film introduces several of the best-known kaiju of the franchise, including Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah. Some of them will fight Godzilla to be crowned as King of the Monsters.

 

Unlike the 2014 film, in which we don’t see Godzilla until the second half of the movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters mainly focus on the devastating battles between the colossi. The film has powerful special effects and great attention to detail, successfully recreating the magnitude of the monsters, as well as the proportional impact of their encounters.

 

However, the visual spectacle they achieved was at the expense of other aspects of the film, pushing to the background conflicts between human characters and using them for exposition and narration of what was already seen on screen. The dialogues are poorly written and there is no character development, which prevents the viewer from empathizing with the characters and become invested in their stories.

 

Despite the criticism received, the MonsterVerse is proving to be on the right track as they are successfully recreating Godzilla and the other monsters that are part of its universe. We hope that Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures find the perfect balance in Godzilla vs. Kong, which will be released in 2020.

 

 

Learn more about Godzilla vs. Kong, the next MonsterVerse movie