In 2014, Warner Bros. (WB for short) released an American reboot of “Godzilla” as the first installment of the MonsterVerse.” An equivalent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU for short. It received positive reviews from critics & managed to make half a billion dollars at the box office. Despite positive reception, fans & movie goers felt divisive about the reboot for a variety of reasons. If you’re a fan of Godzilla or viewed the 2014 reboot, you probably understand why. Three Years Later, WB released “Kong: Skull Island,” the second installment of the MonsterVerse. It received positive reviews from both critics and movie goers alike, indicating the MonsterVerse made its course correction.
Development of a direct sequel to the reboot took five years, due to scheduling conflicts with Gareth Edwards as he was busy working on “Star Wars: Rouge One” & wanted to work on personal small scale projects. WB recruited screenwriter/director Michael Dougherty (X2: X-Men United, Trick R’ Treat, Superman Returns) to direct the sequel titled, “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.” WB removed Aaron-Taylor Johnson’s role in favor of a compelling ensemble cast of actors as likable humans including Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube’s real life son) Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Bradley Whitford & Charles Dance.
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is currently out in theaters. It received mixed reviews from critics & generating revenue at the box office.
The following review doesn’t contain potential SPOILERS whatsoever. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article if you haven’t got a chance to see The King Of The Monsters’ big screen return. Is it a disappointment as critics say or a massive improvement? Well let’s find out shall we?
Strong & Weak Qualities
Strong: The Main Cast such as Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, O’Shea Jackson Jr. Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Ziyi Zhang, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, & Charles Dance all did a fantastic job for their respective performances.
Andy Serkis (A.K.A. Gollum) reprises his role as Godzilla wearing a motion capture suit to bring the character to life. He did an awesome job for his performance.
Action Sequences are filled with non-stop battles, aerial combat & Kaiju duking it out using their powers & abilities to defeat his/her opponent. Unlike the first film, the sequel has more action, less boring exposition.
Michael Dougherty co-wrote the script & directed the film. He did a superb job for taking full responsibility by bringing The King Of Monsters & beloved Kaiju back on the silver screen.
If you’re scratching your head on why Millie Bobby Brown is in this movie, she actually contributes to the plot. She ain’t an annoying idiot like Dakota Fanning’s character Rachel Ferrier from “War Of The Worlds.” Thank god Millie didn’t scream constantly throughout the gosh darn film!
The Primary Theme for the film, is about restoring balance to Earth. It’s not a shove it in your face documentary like Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” or almost anything by Michael Moore.
According to Mike, the sequel is influenced by “Aliens.” He stated he wanted to make a follow up for longtime fans of Godzilla.
Max Borenstein (Godzilla 2014, Kong: Skull Island) co-wrote the script.
Character Designs for Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan & King Ghidorah all looked highly detailed as the most realistic depictions to date.
Sound Effects are superb retaining Godzilla’s roar alongside Mothra’s signature battle cry.
Computer Animation brought many elements to life including creatures coming to life, worldwide environmental locations resembling an apocalyptic world & Motion Capture for a specific creature’s actions.
Bear McCreary (God Of War PS4, The Walking Dead, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie) orchestrated music for the film.
A device called “The Orca” is a very important invention as a source to communicate with Kaiju.
The iconic instrumental theme music for Godzilla & Mothra are played in pivotal scenes.
Like Kong: Skull Island, human characters were unforgettable as each one serves a purpose besides giant monsters. Monarch make difficult choices if they want to save the world from King Ghidorah & Rodman.
Bradley Whitford’s character is named, Rick. According to Michael Dougherty, his performance is loosely based on Rick Sanchez. The main protagonist from “Rick & Morty.” He’s a hard drinking scientist known for creating a portal gun which enables him to travel through bizarre worlds.
The Pacing didn’t take forever as each scene managed to keep me invested to know exactly what the heck is going on from Point A to Point B.
Dethklok (Metalocalypse) & System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankin did a cover version of Blue Oyster Cult’s Godzilla, played during The End Credits. If you grew up in The 90’s, a commercial of Godzilla’s on TNT with the song in the background by Blue Oyster Cult to promote a monster theme marathon called, “Monstervision.” WB is going with the “Iron Man” route similar to Black Sabbath’s Iron Man played during The End Credits of Tony Stark’s first movie.
A Climatic Battle will keep you on the edge of your seat.
A Post-Credits Scene sets up what’s in the store for the MonsterVerse.
Weak: Cinematography suffered from a bad case of Shaky Cam. Who the heck was in charge of principal photography, Woody Woodpecker drinking too much Rockstar Energy Drinks?!
The Final Verdict: A-
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is a massive improvement, a course correction to Godzilla’s recent adventure. Human characters weren’t boring, action sequences were non-stop, C.G.I. didn’t seem fake at all, characters serve a purpose to the story, nobody is annoying like Rachel from War Of The Worlds & nearly everything was close to an A, my highest rank on my grade scale. If you’re eager to see Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, it’s definitely a must see fun ride worth the price of admission.
Well done WB for giving us an awesome Godzilla movie. It’s the best Godzilla film since “Final Wars.” My personal favorite of the franchise. I don’t understand why critics have a divisive response to Godzilla: King Of The Monsters. This ain’t Godzilla 1998. I mean seriously! This is a real American Godzilla film not Roland Emmerich’s vision! I can’t wait to see “Godzilla Vs. King Kong” in 2020. I hope someday, Megalon (my personal favorite Kaiju) makes his comeback.