Godzilla: King of the Monsters is like eating a huge handful of different colored Jelly Bellys all at once; it’s fun and kinda sticky. It was written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus, or anything that’s filmed for a few hundred bucks and a sandwich). Dougherty is known for inexpensive genre films like Krampus, which was kind of fun in a goofy way. This is a much bigger budget and if it weren’t for the dialogue, it would’ve been great. Honestly, you don’t really need to listen to the dialogue and Dougherty is a lousy writer; so you’re better off tuning the people out.
The cast was everyone you like: Coach Taylor, Eleven, Tywin Lannister, That Lady from the Conjuring, That Science Teacher from Stranger Things, West Wing Guy, What’s His Face, and the guy who was in the last one who wanted the monsters to fight. On the monster side: there was Mothra, King Ghidora, Rodan, Michaelangelo, Godzilla, and the rest. They were all thrown at the screen like water balloons hitting you in the face.
The movie opens with Dr Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) and Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) at a Monarch facility where baby Mothra wakes up and everyone seems to want to touch it. Gross. They’re gonna get a dino-rash! Terrorists enter, kill everyone, and take ….. did I write take … I meant pick up Dr. Russell and Madison.
Why? Dr. Russell lost her son to the last Godzilla attack and has decided that everyone should die because that makes sense…somehow. So, she sets up her Doctor Doolittle machine to talk/wake up all the Kaijus to kill everyone. Her argument is really annoying and has a makeshift powerpoint presentation. She is the embodiment of every sanctimonious Seattleite, Vegan, Composting, Apologist, Whiner all rolled into one; she figures if the monsters kill all the people that the world will be better off- think if that horrible Lorax finally got the money to kill for the trees. They’re why I refuse to recycle …. EVER!
Anywho….she wakes up all the monsters and Coach Taylor who is Dr Russell’s quasi-ex-husband scientist is granted crazy authority over the military to figure out how to stop all the monsters from killing everyone. And man do they ever fight?!!! I mean it do they ever fight? I counted only four monster on monster fight scenes- kinda skimpy. Also, Godzilla had to be recharged with nukes or radioactive spa time to keep going; I guess Godzilla decided to upload the latest Apple Update.
Godzilla ends up on top….literally. He gets on top of a mound in Boston and all the other monsters bow down to Godzilla, except Mothra – She curtsies (she’s from another time). There’s good CGI and Monster fighting- when they do fight. Just don’t go trying to find deeper meaning. I loved these movies because they’d be on tv for the nerd set when I was a kid. I saw them all. In fact, in King Ghidora v Godzilla, Godzilla tries to help the Japanese win world war II or at least one battle. It was awesome. These movies are great because you can unplug and watch some awesome destruction. This movie brings the boom. Enjoy!