Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters, 5.9/10. Now it may be because I haven’t been to the cinema in two weeks that my judgment may be out of place but I really enjoyed this film. Yes it was corny, yes it played upon every cliché and yes it wasted a lot of time over-explaining it’s contrived story, but as monster movies go this wasn’t actually too bad. It truly felt like a throwback to the classics with 21st century CGI behind it.

Crypto-zoological agency Monarch only has one chance of saving human existence from decimation at the hands of a growing horde of skyscraper sized monsters. That one chance comes in the form of battling alongside Godzilla himself as he fights to maintain his apex position as King of the monsters. Fan favourite Kaiju Mothra and Rodan also enter the fray, but 3-headed localized hurricane King Ghidorah is the true threat.

As previously mentioned, this film heavily relies on it’s monstrous amount of CGI to display these gargantuan beasts and this is where the ‘magic’ of the film fades away slightly. When you think back to the original monster movies, the practical techniques and effects used made it easier to connect with what was on screen as it just felt more “real” – and yes I know I’m talking about monsters – but the sense of scale doesn’t resonate as much when computer generated characters battle it out on a computer generated environment.

Watching Godzilla and co smash each other through whole city blocks was thoroughly enjoyable when the camera actually decided to focus on them, however the entire human element was messy and disengaging. After all you don’t come to a monster movie to watch a family drama unravel. If you focus on the monsters alone then this movie serves that purpose fairly well. Seeing godlike behemoths causing absolute devastation to their surroundings was at least visually appealing. The critical of this film have been a little harsh in my opinion and I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun I had watching Godzilla prove why they call him the King of the monsters.

Picture: 6/10

Sound: 6.5/10

Narrative: 6/10

Acting: 5/10

Originality: 5/10

Entertainment (of its Genre): 7/10

Overall rating….. 5.9/10

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