GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS – Thank Mothra the Visuals are Spectacular

It goes roarrrrrrrrrr. I love me some monster movies, and even enjoy a good disaster movie, except 2012, that was just shit. But with Godzilla you know you are going to get monsters and disaster and I am very happy with this. So it was Tuesday eve that I Jason: King of the Kernels headed to the premiere with Kernel Mothra Blake and half of the hottest influencers in Sydney to witness a spectacle in IMAX at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter.

Big thanks to Roadshow for the invitation. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS is out now in Australia. It is rated M and runs for 131mins.

Godzilla King of the Monsters
Godzilla

BY JASON KING

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS SYNOPSIS

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS follows the heroic efforts of the cryptozoological 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 superspecies, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Godzilla King of the Monsters Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Farmiga
Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Farmiga

VISUALS, ART AND MUSIC ALL DESERVE AWARDS:

Visually GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS deserves Oscars. The imagery, art design and level of action is off-the-charts impressive. And thank god this is a humongous improvement on the first GODZILLA in this U.S franchise. In reality this is actually the 33rd Godzilla movie made. It looks beautiful on-screen and it sounds as amazing with a somewhat tribal biblical choral score from composer Bear McCreary, his list of credits is insane but he is the composer for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – that is all I need to worship his work.

But that’s kind of where the awesome mostly ends. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS has the worst dialogue of 2019 with a screenplay bordering on incoherent. “Oh my God.” – next person “Zilla.” I audibly groaned at that one. But wait, there’s much much more. For some reason one of the scientists claims “In 6mins Godzilla will go Nuclear,” just how does he know this timeline? I keep shaking my head at the ludicrosity. But we’re not watching for the humans – just GIVE ME MORE MONSTER FIGHTING!!

LOTS TO DISAPPOINT IF YOU LOOK FOR IT:

The only planes in the movie are those helicopter planes, and for some reason they have borrowed the giant battle-airship from S.H.I.E.L.D. and can get anywhere around the world in nearly no time. The list of crazy plot points is something you really need to just flow with, if not your head will explode. But hey, you are watching a movie about giant monsters who are our Earthly gods and are having a showdown using the planet as a UFC ring, I wouldn’t take too much seriously as everything is defying logic.

The other letdown for the film is the run time, it’s just way too long at 131mins – if they’d shaved off 30mins it would have been much more enjoyable. They just keep going and going, the last time the humans had to do something to help Godzilla I was like “come onnnnn, enough’s enough!”

Godzilla King of the Monsters Ghidorah
Ghidorah

THE MONSTERS DEFINITELY STEAL THE SHOW:

The monster win every time over the pesky humans in GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. I would have much preferred this film if it had no dialogue and just the monsters wreaking havoc.

But if I must…….

Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga are decent in their roles. Millie Bobby Brown is enjoyable to watch and shines in her first feature film. Ken Watanabe is someone I always enjoy onscreen but his delivery of the English language makes half his one-liners laughable.

And speaking of laughable, Bradley Whitford is only in the film for comic relief. It’s like he got stoned and did the role as a prank. He is ridiculous but he made me laugh a few times.

Charles Dance delivering the line “Long Live The King” deserves GoT applause and I always seem to like the generic geeky mostly-adult-in-a-suit so Thomas Middleditch as Sam ticks a box.

Godzilla King of the Monsters
Godzilla

IN CONCLUSION:

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS is a great popcorn movie if you love watching UFC between mountain-sized monsters. Just ignore the humans and the screenplay and everything else is awesome. The visuals, the art design, and the music demand the biggest and loudest screen you can find and the action is oftentimes truly epic!

YOUR CRITIC:

Jason King owns, writes and edits Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and has been in the Australian movie industry for 26yrs. Furthermore he loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. 

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