Godzilla: King of the Monsters ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

The third installment is the King.

After 21 years of attempts, Americans finally got it right with Michael Dougherty. You can tell he is a born and raised Godzilla fanboy, and this entire movie is a love letter to the beast: it combines the very best of the original Japanese movies with the American ones.

I mean, let's check details off the list:
• Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah fighting
• The original themes for Godzilla and Mothra blasting
• Mothra's twins (Shobijin) referenced in the twin doctors
• Maser cannons
• Godzilla is killed by the Oxygen destroyer and revived (with a nuke to the face!)
• Godzilla goes atomic (similar to Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)
• A cover of the Blue Öyster Cult song in the end credits

What else could you possibly ask for?

It is long, and it does have about a dozen human characters for some reason, and I think someone calling Ghidorah "Gonorrhea" is the worst joke..ever, but I can live with all that.

I genuinely love the idea of a husband and wife couple being enemies, and the wife being a kind of anti-hero of sorts, with the notion that she intends to release the Titans (kaiju) on the world to restore the natural order - after all, WE are the biggest scourge the planet has ever seen, with overpopulation, pollution and deforestation. That plot actually makes a hell of a lot of sense to me, and the audience is kind of conflicted..I mean we SHOULD (mostly) be eradicated by kaiju, shouldn't we? Haha.

So yeah, the human characters do flail around a lot, but I kind of don't even care. This film got Godzilla and his natural enemies and allies down so pat that it's just a joy to watch it from start to finish, and that scene where Godzilla rises from the ocean again, revived from a nuclear blast, and the traditional Akira Ifukube theme is blaring over the speakers, I grin like a baby and the last two American Godzilla movies are just like bad dreams evaporating forever.

Yoku Dekimashita, Dougherty-san!

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