After the catastrophe that was 2014’s miserable Godzilla reboot that started the ever so mediocre “monsterverse” I gave up on the entire Godzilla/Kong franchise and just thought to myself that they will always be doomed for failure and suffering. Weirdly enough when the first trailer for King of the Monsters dropped I was bright eyed and bushy tailed – I was hopeful, and I thought to myself, I told myself that 2019 would be Godzilla’s big comeback and that King of the Monsters would be Godzilla’s magnum opus. Oh, how very wrong I was. I’m probably exaggerating a little. 2019 Godzilla was better than 2014’s mess, but that doesn’t mean it was “good”. It was painfully average, and when I walked out of the cinema hall when the credits played, I was in shock. Why? Well, that’s because Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the very definition of “trailer better than the movie”. All I’m going to tell you is don’t fall for the hype. The cool “over the rainbow” remix was remarkable in the final trailer, but it ends there. Godzilla’s “cool factor” ended with the final trailer.
Godzilla is still cool!
However, let’s get all the negativity out of the way for a minute and talk about the good things. I said it was better than 2014’s disaster, right? That means there must have been some good to it. The cinematography was superb, which surprised me. The CGI was quite fantastic – the monsters felt very much alive. Mothra, Zilla and the rest were beautifully rendered. I especially loved Mothra’s awakening as our queen looked gorgeous. The setting was perfect, and the actions sequences at the end were quite spectacular and again surprising. The thing with Godzilla 2019 is that it doesn’t become “cool” until the end, which is fine as there were “cool” moments here and there during the movie, but the ending scenes were indeed something. The music was probably the best thing about this popcorn flick. Bear Mcearny was the composer. If you’ve played God of War 2018, then you’d know what to expect, he was terrific, and his tracks worked well in the movie. Hearing Mothra’s theme again was emotional.
A Respectful Cast of Actors
The cast in this new popcorn flick includes Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Mille Bobbie Brown (Stranger Things), and Kyle Chandler (Carol).
I’ve always liked Vera Farmiga. She was exceptional as Norma Bates in Bates Motel. However, she wasn’t outstanding in this movie, which is okay. An Actress can’t be phenomenal all the time. Vera Farmiga was decent. I didn’t understand her goal in the film, but eh. Millie Bobbie Brown is also a good actress known for Eleven in Stranger Things. All I’m going to say is she can scream a lot. That is all. Kyle Chandler was modest but not memorable. The actors and actresses were fine all around. They definitely aren’t the reason why this movie is average.
Okay, nice that’s nice and all..but where is the plot?
Godzilla: King of the Monsters ticks a lot of boxes except one colossal category. What happened to the plot? I don’t even think I can give this movie a score higher than 0 in the plot category because it had no plot – or more like the plot was so dense and unintelligent that it comes across like the movie didn’t have a plot at all. This is the problem “Kaiju” movies have. It’s why Zilla 2019 isn’t a success. I’m not going to ignore the plot because this is a “Kaiju” movie. If “Kaiju” movies want to start getting Oscar nominations or being more than an obtuse popcorn flick, then they need to have better stories. Zilla 2019 is an utter failure when it comes to telling a story. It doesn’t need to have a complicated story. John Wick or The Iron Giant have simple plots but are well executed.