Godzilla: King of the Monsters ★★★

A fun movie if you’re into CGI monsters going at it in the forefront with minimal story and character development, Godzilla: King of The Monsters is just the type of mindless entertainment I needed.

5 years after the events of 2014’s Godzilla, the Monarch organization has identified numerous monsters throughout the world. When a group of people (never identified, for the record) steal a device used to communicate with the monsters and kidnaps the scientist who built it (and her daughter), chaos ensues. For one, I appreciated the Batman v. Superman-inspired opening scene, taking us back to the events of the first film to kick off this one while introducing the family at the center of the story (Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, and Millie Bobby Brown). The entire film is spent with Chandler’s character trying to stop his ex-wife from using the device to unleash the monsters in a bid to save the world (?) and rescue his daughter. And that’s pretty much the extent of the story. Oh, and Godzilla recharges himself in the hollow earth, but it takes a while, so they decide to nuke him to get him powered up enough to take on King Ghidorah and followers. The whole idea of Godzilla needing help in this way sort of takes away from his aura of being so powerful.

Farmiga is great in her role, even if it is a rather confusing backstory for her character. Chandler is simply fine, while Millie Bobby Brown is drastically underutilized. The crux of the film is a dark and brooding color palette within which the CGI can be hidden and the countless monsters can try and take one another out. Godzilla is, of course, awesome, and the others look great, too. But that is basically all you get from this film.

On a side note, I find it odd that there are no civilians shown on the ground or really anywhere, especially when the monsters are destroying Boston. Where did everyone go? Skull Island, which gets name-dropped a few times throughout, setting up the upcoming battle film with Kong? A hidden bunker? Arby’s? I’ll report back when I figure that out. I had fun here.