Film review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters


The mighty Godzilla faces off against a horde of titans who threatening the earth, including his archenemy, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Our Review:

Set five years after the events of Godzilla (2014), the mega-lizard had been laying low after destroying most of San Francisco in his battle against Muto.

In typical monster-movie fashion, Godzilla’s slumber was short lived after human interference led to the re-emergence of several ancient beasts including King Ghidorah.

If the plot sounds non-sensical, then this really isn’t the movie for you. I doubt many people are going into Godzilla: King of the Monsters for the plot.

What audiences really want in monster films is over the top fights and destruction and, luckily for fans of the genre, the film delivers.

Many complained that Gareth Edwards’ first film in the rebooted Godzilla franchise lacked screen time for the iconic mutant lizard. Those complaints were rectified in the sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters which features all the monsters it can muster.

The action is intense, with several large-scale battles featuring favourites of the Godzilla universe including Mothra, Rodan, Jinshin-Musgi, Behemoth, Scylla, Methuselah and more.

The real heroes of the film are the CGI team who expertly crafted the large-scale creatures and the destruction when they meet.

The plot and script appear to have been haphazardly drawn around the destruction caused by Godzilla - its nonsensical, self-indulgent and outstays its welcome rather quick.

Actors Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler and Stranger Things standout Millie Bobby Brown do the best with what they’re given, but the human element is among the weakest parts of the film.

In the end, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a rousing monster movie with the plot merely serving as an excuse to get from one giant battle to the next.

If that’s what you’re after in a Godzilla film you’ll enjoy this one, but look elsewhere if you’re after anything deeper than monsters and explosions.

Final verdict: 2.5/5


Michael Dougherty.


Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Thomas Middlesitch, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

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If you liked the movie, try:

Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic Park, Cloverfield, Pacific Rim, any other Godzilla film.