Directed By: Michael Dougherty
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, et.al.
When his ex-wife and daughter are kidnapped while researching a way to control the Titans studied by the group Monarch, Dr. Mark Russell agrees to rejoin the group in order to spearhead the search for them. Soon learning that his ex-wife and daughter, Emma and Maddie, went willingly, and are plotting to wake all of the Titans from their hibernation, he begins to search for a way to help Monarch stop Emma and the mercenary she’s joined forces with from activation all of the Titans around the globe. However, when Ghidorah, one of the Titans awakened, accelerates the plan to release the others, Monarch must call upon Godzilla to defeat him and rein in the other Titans that have been unleashed.
The third movie in Warner Bros. renewed MonsterVerse, King of the Monsters brings one of Godzilla’s more well-known foes, Ghidorah, to the screen. While the plot itself is somewhat uninspired, it does get some points for attempting originality. If they had really wanted something original, they could have had the monsters mysteriously waking on their own, instead of the somewhat tired “mankind is the real monster” plot that was present in Kong: Skull Island, and nearly every other monster movie in existence. That said, it’s still a fun movie to watch, and the actors all work well together. Charles Dance does surprisingly well as a slightly menacing, apathetic bad guy.
The special effects are excellent in quality, and the background filler isn’t noticeable.
Anyone who enjoyed 2014’s Godzilla or Kong: Skull Island should enjoy this installment as well. Those looking for action-packed monster movie so they can turn their brain off for a couple hours should like it, too. The plot is simple enough to follow that it doesn’t require express attention, and it’s interesting enough that it shouldn’t become too boring on rewatch.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is currently only available free to stream if you have HBO, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line/digital retailer.
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