Godzilla: King of the Monsters

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ is the 35th entry in the never-ending ‘Godzilla’ film franchise. That may seem a lot although this latest entry is the third made outside the series’ native Japan. A sequel to the 2014 ‘Godzilla’ remake, ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ is more of the same beastly battles. Enthusiasts of pre-historic creatures should have a field day with deadly destruction never far away.

Monarch is a crypto-zoological agency tasked with discovering pre-historic life. This they found a few years ago in the guise of the mighty Godzilla. Monarch’s team include Dr Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler), his ex-wife Emma (Vera Farmiga) and Rick (Bradley Whitford). Discovering another breed of creature called the Mothra, Godzilla’s rage at seeing an ancient enemy knows no bounds. With hell breaking loose around them, Mark and his team have to escape the pre-historic wrath as Godzilla cuts a path of deadly destruction.

Michael Dougherty doesn’t so much direct ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ than presses buttons. That’s how mechanical it feels overall. The CGI is superb as expected with Godzilla and his band of pre-historic acolytes effectively bought to fearsome life. There’s an odd majesty seeing winged beasts swathe a path of destruction, an area in which Dougherty at least shows some skill. He knows the story demands a grandiose sweep which it has in spades.

Unfortunately ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ won’t win any acting awards. The performances are strictly one-note with the cast reacting to events than conveying true depth. But this isn’t a movie that needs to rely heavily on anything substantial and is definitely a ‘leave the brain at the door’ type of production. The orchestral cues wring much tension with the ‘main event’ of the creature battles being a genuine spectacle.

It’s a certainty that ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ won’t be the last entry in the never-ending series. Like a creature waking from a long slumber, ‘Godzilla’ will rise again to haunt a cinema screen near you. In the meantime, this instalment does a fair job in keeping the flame as lively as Godzilla’s gargantuan temper.

Rating out of : 5

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