‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Review: The Opion Of The Critics
The Fiml Godzilla: King of the Monsters delivers spectacular kaiju action and reaffirms that cutting-edge effects are still no substitute for a good story.
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species – thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
What are The Critics saying?
Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune called the film “enjoyably chaotic,” and credited the MonsterVerse as one movie universe that hasn’t been over-featured.
“But this is one franchise that doesn’t feel fished out or exhausted or exhausting. The monsters, Toho studio classics redesigned but faithfully so, are pretty swell and monumentally destructive. The real stars here? Sound designers Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van Der Ryn, whose aural creature designs actually sound like something new — part machine, part prehistoric whatzit.”
Glen Kenny of the New York Times wrote that while the film occasionally suffers a ridiculous storyline, a coherent one isn’t the top priority for a monster flick like “Godzilla.”
“It’s rather beside the point to note plot goofiness in a Godzilla picture, but this one does push its luck now and then. At one point it seems the film could go full ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ with Godzilla and Monster Zero (a.k.a. Ghidorah) as attorneys for the parental plaintiffs.”
Perhaps the most damning reaction came from the critic Benjamin Lee, who was excited about the pic based upon its trailers. However, he explained, “Within minutes of the movie itself expectations start to dissipate, quickly replaced with crushing disappointment. For Godzilla: King of the Monsters is every bit as redundant as one would expect, a hollow piece of business masquerading as something necessary.”
Matt Zoller Seitz (RogerEbert.com)
Its errors fall mainly under the heading of failing to get out of its own way. Its imperfections are compensated by magnificence.
Charlotte O’Sullivan (London Evening Standard)
At… moments you feel like you’re in the trippiest of David Attenborough docs.
This thing is an unholy mess.
Oliver Jones (Observer)
The classic face-off arrives in an emotional vacuum rather than as an earned catharsis; the big fight never feels like a payoff.
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language)
Stephen Porzio (HeadStuff)
The real reason to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters is its gargantuan monster brawls. So the biggest put on screen maybe ever.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Michael Dougherty
Written By: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures