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GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS review

Long Live the King

After Godzilla’s destruction of San Francisco back in 2014, millions of lives were forever changed.  The World learned of the Titans’ presence on Earth and began forming their own opinions about their intentions.  Five years later, Monarch is using Government resources to study and protects more than a dozen other creatures across the globe.  Dr. Emma Russel (Vera Farmiga) is with her daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) in the jungles of China at a Monarch Outpost, testing her invention; the Orca.  A sound-wave device that allows for communication with the creatures.  Until an unknown group invades and steals the device, taking Dr. Russell and Madison hostage.  Traveling to Antarctica to another Outpost, they use the machine to awaken Subject Zero…King Ghidorah.  As the monster is set loose, others are woken as well; soon Rodan begins to wreak havoc in Mexico and Mothra awakens in China.  With the fate of the World hanging in the balance, Godzilla is the only one that can stand in the way of Earth’s destruction.  Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and the rest of Monarch must help Godzilla to reach his greatest potential and save the World from total annihilation.

One of the biggest critiques of 2014’s “Godzilla” was the lack of the Gojira.  Well, I’m happy to report that Michael Doughtery’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” more than makes up for it this time around!  Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra command a strong amount of screen time and each of the monsters are given their “moment” to satisfy their respective fans.  The carnage looks glorious on the big screen, using environmental conditions and atomic interference to portray a gorgeous landscape; this films demands to be seen on the biggest, clearest screen possible!  Accompanying the epic action is a masterful, pulse-pounding score from Bear McCreary.  The film packs an impressive cast as well, ranging from the returning Watanabe and Sally Hawkins, to newcomers Kyle Chandler, Farmiga, Brown (her film debut), Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Ziyi Zhang, and Bradley Whitford.  This strong groups adds an emotional and social connection to the film, as each play a crucial part.

Besides the stunning visuals, impressive carnage, and talented cast, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” also has a well-structured, multi-layered story.  The film tells a complete narrative with multiple main characters well balancing the human aspect as well.  It also furthers the Monarch storyline as we continue to ramp-up to our next epic faceoff: “Godzilla vs Kong”!  “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is 131 minutes of pure entertainment; and while the monsters may not be throwing-down during the entire running time, there is plenty of other plot elements and easter eggs to enjoy.  It is definitely going to take more than a couple viewings to spot them all too!

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is the perfect summer blockbuster!  There’s a strong, diverse cast, dazzling visuals, and plenty of carnage and mayhem that will rattle your seat from start to finish; what more could you ask for?!  I cannot wait for the next year’s “Godzilla vs Kong” and to see where they take this series next!  Long live the King!

4/5

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS is rated PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language, in theaters MAY 31ST!