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Movie review: Godzilla; King of the Monsters(2019). So it is finally here...the latest Godzilla film made in Hollywood. Does it live up to the hype of the admittedly awesome trailers. Well....yes and no. First off, let's get this out of the way. This movie does not surpass the Golden Era of kaiju movies(those made before 1975). They were a product of the time, place and circumstances in which they were made. They will never be duplicated. Okay Rob, but for us casual viewers, is it worth seeing? Sure. It generally has that fun popcorn movie feel and the movie for the most part entertains.
The monsters all look great and are truly impressive on the big screen(especially in IMAX):
The soundtrack is appropriately epic and features some of the themes from the original Japanese kaiju movies:
Rodan's intro is the standout scene in the film and is truly spectacular.
The script is fairly weak as are the all the human characters. And before you get all in my face about how kaiju movies are all about the monsters...I'll simply answer by saying the best kaiju movies have both interesting humans and monsters. The script definitely feels like a "plot by committee".
I swear that Charles Dance was hired just so he can utter "Long Live the King". He's suitably menacing but his character is written so paper thin that it is hard for you care.
Not nearly enough Rodan and Mothra. It's truly a shame as the design work on both was great.
As usual in Hollywood films these days, all the characters have to have quips and one liners. Also as usual, most of the time they're not very funny.
Rodan and Ghidorah don't have their original roars. Why use iconic monsters if you're not going to use the elements that made them iconic?
The monsters don't really wreck anything. You have a bunch of monsters and a huge Hollywood budget and we see no city destruction scenes. We get a background shot of a destroyed Washington DC(used in the trailer), but we see none of it happen. So you're going to deny us seeing King Ghidorah wipe out The White house? WTF? Even 1968's Destroy All Monsters...with its miniscule budget...treated us to world landmarks being destroyed and a great all out attack on Tokyo. Here....nothing. Unforgivable. It makes the film feel less epic than the script is trying to tell us it is.
Overall, worth seeing, but it won't change anyone's mind about monster films. Out of the 30 odd Godzilla films, this sits firmly in the middle. Nothing embarrassing and for the most part entertaining, but nothing to write home about either. Grade for monster fans: B- Everyone else: C