Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review

Nick Rippo, Staff Writer

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters was the latest movie in Legendary Pictures’ monsterverse. Its domestic opening weekend box office was lower than expected and its critical reviews were very low; however, audience scores were very high. This is probably because critics look more at the story,  which King of the Monsters lacks in quality. While general audiences easily ignore an unsatisfactory narrative in exchange for spectacle and action, which this film has in excess.  

This is in some ways similar to the Japanese Godzilla movies from the 60’s and 70’s which were made with a more child friendly tilt then from the original few entries and the ones from the 80’s on. Those films are enjoyed still by fans, but not in the way that they are substantively quality but for nostalgia or in a somewhat sardonic sense. This of course cannot apply to King of the Monsters so all it really has is its action.

The movie  barely has a story and the parts in which humans are speaking only seem to serve as exposition to justify the monster scenes which are admittedly very well done. The cast is also very good and is full of talent; however, the material they are given is just bad.  As for the Monster scenes, the only real complaint is that almost any time they are shown, and literally every time they fight, it is night. This can be annoying and can sometimes obscure the action. Besides that it is great, usually very exciting and interesting and the escalation of the action is paced well.

The sound design of this film is another thing to be commended the roars still harkon back to their classic versions while still bringing new things to the table, and the score was great. The new material fit in well with the movie but it also brought in the classic themes for each of the monsters which Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla did not. Overall this movie doesn’t have much in the way of story but delivers great action which makes for a great movie to turn your brain off to, it deserves a 6/10.