For those fans who thought 2014’s Godzilla was short on monster fighting action, well, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters has certainly made up for that. Following the global success of that film, and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have put in motion an epic monster universe that is coming together nicely on screen.
The new story, which takes places five years after the first film, sees the crypto-zoological agency Monarch monitoring god-sized monsters across the world. However they soon have to contend fending off the U.S. Government who wants to take control of their operations.
But the stakes get larger when the ‘Titans’ get released one by one, threatening a worldwide catastrophe. The humans caught in the middle have to not only contend with the mighty Godzilla, but also Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
The main takeaway from the film is that it is ultimately a monster movie, a huge one at that. The scale is truly epic and Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is certainlynot short on action or special effects. Although the titans are the ones that take centre stage, the film is not short on human drama.
In the midst of the chaos, director Michael Dougherty has managed to craft a complex family drama involving the estranged Madison family. There are also baddies with nefarious plans involving the titans, and there’s also the Monarch team headed by Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) who are struggling to not only contain the giant monsters but also stave off the U.S. Government who want to assume operations and ultimately kill all the monsters.
Still, despite all of this, the appeal of Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is still the massive monster smack down involving all the monsters – Godzilla and King Ghidorah especially. By the time the end credits start rolling, you’ll find yourself intrigued at this monster universe that Legendary and Warner Bros have put together.
You’ll also find yourself wanting more, especially with yet another monster bout that’s going to come away fairly soon involving a rather large ape and a giant lizard. You got to wonder who would win if King Kong fought Godzilla, and we don’t have the answer yet but if Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is anything to go by, then you’re virtually guaranteed one heck of a fight card.
Popcorn Rating: Extra Large, Super Sweet