“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is heavy in beast, light in characters


Godzilla is one of the most symbolic monsters that has ever been created. When the name is mentioned, most people can easily picture an enormous lizard-like creature that stands taller than a skyscraper. This creature has been the star of many different films throughout history; the most recent one was “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” a sequel to 2014’s “Godzilla.” The predecessor used impressive visuals and included a provoking storyline. This time, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” promises a line-up of even more terrifying monsters. Can this new installment to the series wreak havoc in theaters?

This sequel sees a new beast named King Ghidorah, a three-headed dragon, awoken from a “cryosleep.” The creature quickly summons other creatures on Earth and becomes the nemesis of Godzilla himself. Now a group of monster zoologists must fight to save humanity from extinction.

With a premise like that, this movie could be the “Avengers” of the “MonsterVerse,” the Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that, it brings one of the most impressive visual feasts that audiences can pay a ticket to enjoy. There is quite an amount of monster glory to look forward to in the film. Seeing new creatures interacting with each other perfectly illustrates the ecosystem of these towering animals.

The designs of the monsters are beautifully done, giving off an intimidating vibe, especially with the giant butterfly Mothra. In the battle sequences, these creatures look like they have substance which results in the realistic destruction of buildings, ships, cities… The star of the movie Godzilla is bombastic, loud and grand along with King Ghidorah, who is effectively menacing. In some scenes, the movie perfectly conveys how humans are merely lowly insects to the creatures which generates even more of a formidable ambiance

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The big lizard gets angry in ‘Godzilla: King of The Monsters.’

Like the first movie, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” treats these titans as if they were animals and not villains. Similar to “Jurassic Park,” as frightening as these creatures are, they are still animals trying to survive. This adds a new edge to the movie and asks the question whether humans can co-exist with these colossal beings. The destruction these monsters bring is almost justifiable as some may say that they do not know any better.

Despite the monsters, the movie is quite flat. The human characters are almost forgettable. Although the movies have some incredible talents like Milly Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) their characters are not memorable, and thus, the great acting has little impact. Though the actors definitely try to work with what was given to them, the plot is still boring. The scenes involving these characters can drag on sometimes, and the movie, as a result, feels too long.

As amazing as the monster sequences are, the combination with the humans scenes can make the entire experience tiresome. The center plot involving the family members is both vague and somewhat unnecessary. The tension between the mother (Vera Farmiga) and the father (Kyle Chandler) is not well explained. As for the military sequences, they are both dull and generic.

This time around, it looks like “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” does not have quite as much of a roar as the first one. If one expects breathtaking battles between the monsters, they may be bored in the character heavy scenes. If they expect a memorable storyline, they might be even more disappointed with the movie. Either way, it is not as good as the trailers suggest.