By STACY BAUER & DAX HUGHES
Jimplecute Movie Reviewer
Critics hate it for its lack of character development and flimsy storyline, audiences love it for the classic, fighting monsters and the touch on their connection to our fragile humanity.
Directed by Michael Dougherty (who co-wrote the script with Zach Shields), it’s a straight sequel to Godzilla (2014), the 35th film in the Godzilla franchise, and the third film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, according to Wikipedia.
In the story, humanity is left to rely on Godzilla to defeat King Ghidorah (a 3-headed dragon that first appeared in cinema in 1964), who has awakened other Titan monsters to destroy the world.
The crypto-zoological agency Monarch has self-tasked with finding and recording all the chain reactions of awaking creatures (called “kaiju”) set off by Godzilla. Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) of Monarch is still reeling from the events of 2014, when MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) creatures destroyed San Francisco while battling Godzilla, and her son perished.
Her surviving daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) reconnects with her father Mark (Kyle Chandler), who earlier split and left Monarch after the tragedy. Emma and Madison are subsequently kidnapped by the forces of eco-terrorist Alan Jonah (Charles Dance), along with a sonic device that allows the monsters to be controlled, with his mission of freeing Kaiju on a global scale.
Mark is compelled to rejoin his family for the fight. Brilliant CGI effects command attention, though the color palette remains quite dullish and gray throughout, but doesn’t detract, instead enforcing the gloom-and-doom mood.
The expected epic battle sequences of kaiju on kaiju and man-woman-against kaiju, erupt frequently – and this is the thrill we came for. This go-round the dominant theme is focused squarely on the belief that humans are the virus killing the Earth, and the Titans are the balance, a way to stop our own extinction.
Respect for the global environment couldn’t be more topical, and the 65-year legacy of Godzilla illustrates this in a way easy to understand, just watch.
Also, stay put through the credits for a teaser of next year’s Godzilla Vs. Kong.
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is rated PG-13 and runs 132 minutes.
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