Right from the start, Godzilla: King of the Monsters makes it clear that it is not going to be another hide-the-monsters exercise like its predecessor, 2014’s Godzilla. Whereas that movie, which rebooted the king of the monsters for modern audiences, aimed for a more contemplative if stingy approach to portraying the iconic beast, this new film gives us a huge scene — with a huge monster! — within its first few minutes.
The message is clear: This Godzilla movie is gonna be wall to wall with the monsters, contemplativeness be damned.
Co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty, who has also helmed the spook-fests Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown as a splintered family that gets swept up in the drama when a new array of giant monsters begins to appear around the world. Perhaps not surprisingly, the cast mostly gets short shrift when compared to the kaiju, with Chandler’s character spending most of his screen time stressed out, Brown’s crying more often than not, and Farmiga’s… well, let’s just say her character’s motivations are confusing at best and ridiculous at worst.
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