Small Screen Reviews
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Review
What’s It About?
After five years of lying low, Godzilla is back in action after agency Monarch reawaken a number of monsters across the globe including the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Who’s In It?
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Bloodline, & more recently Game Night)
Millie Bobby Brown (Intruders, & Stranger Things)
Other notables include:
Vera Farmiga (The Departed, Up In The Air, & more recently The Commuter)
Charles Dance (Gosford Park, The Imitation Game, & more recently Game Of Thrones)
Director: Michael Dougherty
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is the sequel that not many would have been on tenterhooks for after the tepid original, but its here and unlike the original, promises plenty of big beast action.
And on that front it certainly delivers. Godzilla dukes it out with the three headed King Ghidorah and Rodan, among others, while Mothra also makes an ethereal entrance.
It is on the human side, however, where Godzilla: King Of The Beasts falls down. Dr Emma Russell, played by Vera Farmiga, is obsessed with saving humankind, and her solution for that is to wake up all the slumbering monsters around globe using her high tech Orca device.
This fits right into eco-terrorist Charles Dance’s sympathies, while on the opposite side Russell’s husband, played by Kyle Chandler, manages to tear himself away from the booze and the wolves and his hatred of Godzilla, to save his family and hopefully the rest of the planet.
Meanwhile Monarch employees Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins are there to gawp at Godzilla and speak his name in wonder, oh and to bridge the sequel to the original.
Other than that, it is not entirely clear who is doing what or why. The beasts wake up, initially everyone hates the big green lizard, but by the end, after King Ghidorah has destroyed a few buildings and had some fisticuffs with Godzilla, everyone loves him again.
The action is big and lumbering, much like Godzilla, and it is sometimes difficult to make out exactly what is going on a la Transformers 2-4, while the plot is laughably bad and the script even worse.
Kyle Chandler valiantly tries to inject some emotion into proceedings, but most of the audience will side with the cynical quipper Bradley Whitford who seems to want nothing to do with it.
In A Nutshell:
A monster blockbuster with the ungainly style, plodding pace and unwieldy nature of a big beast.
Terrible dialogue and the weakest of plots
Release date: 14/10/2019
Certificate: 12 / 12A