The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces 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.
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One of the most incoherent films I have seen in years. This is bad- really bad. And I feel especially bad as a fan of the Godzilla franchise and as someone who has admired Michael Dougherty films in the past. Just sad!
You'll notice within the first ten minutes that the solemnity director Gareth Edwards brought to "Godzilla" is gone, long gone; while that film felt clearly positioned as Warner Brother's 2014 tentpole summer movie, "King of the Monsters" is instead assembled with the kind of boilerplate competency of your average MCU flick or a non-Michael Bay "Transformers," farmed out to the lesser tier special effects houses.
Even the big guy himself seems to be phoning it in in this laughable CGI monster mash, so mired in earnest cliches it makes the cut-rate-Michael Bay handling look good. Don't settle for less, demand the original.
Dougherty's addition to the 'monster verse' fully delivers on the promise of the first two entries with this big budget monster mash that doesn't skimp on neither effects nor drama. The four main creatures are all well designed and rendered while paying proper homage to the original models. All hail the king indeed.
There is nothing interesting in this entire film, save a shot or two... just watch the trailer instead. The human family drama, which consumes so much more screen time than the kaiju fights, is inherently dumb, overacted, and fails to make anyone care emotionally. Charles f'in Dance is utterly wasted w maybe 7 lines of dialog. Looks ugly as sin, at least Kong had visual flair. Somehow makes giant monster fights lame
It was okay. There were some cool fight scenes. But there were more than a few scenes where the human drama brought the movie to a screeching halt. I guess I have to accept that Hollywood will never give us the all-out, non-stop, insane kaiju battle that we all deserve. You know, the one where humans realize we are mere pawns in the grand scheme of things and that the titans are the real dominant species. That one.
The signs were good. Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan, Godzilla on a huge scale? Cool trailers? Already iconic shots? There are times when it is legitimately awesome (basically any of the kaiju fights), but the best Godzilla movies are like crazy martial arts matches between nutso monsters with the world at stake. Just as things get interesting, pan away to undeveloped human drama. Yawn. I would literally die for Mothra.