Godzilla King Of The Monsters

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It handles its monsters and its humans in the wrong way, and ultimately pays the price for that

The lack of originality flowing through King Of The Monsters is often eye-rollingly irritating. Rarely do these mega blockbusters live up to their price tag, and naturally this is no different. It makes it particularly difficult to review, because everything that realistically needs to be said, has been said before, about all of the other blockbusters stealing a life (and a budget) from smaller, quality productions.

Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) and her mother Emma (Vera Farmiga) are kidnapped during the awakening of Mothra, one of seventeen ‘titans’ found living across the planet. Alerted to their disappearance, father Mark (Kyle Chandler) joins back with crypto-zoological organisation Monarch and joins the hunt to find them, just as the number of titans roaming begins to climb.

The film seems to struggle to grasp what its core themes are, resulting in strange ideologies, whilst possessing odd opinions on particular issues. One of these comes in the form of death. For King Of The Monsters, death only matters if you matter, leaving its side characters to mere mentions and small notions. These mega blockbusters always seem to forget to include a human element, or push one aside for special effects, and that will never work.

Away from the production side of the film’s creation, there is a solid core of lore and history based within the film. Drawing from multiple features and franchises offering King Of The Monsters new ‘Titans’ to play with, the array off monsters does become enjoyable, offering a much wider view of what this universe can become if it continues to get the backing. Next year’s Zilla vs Kong suggests it’s been given the go ahead, but that sort of money isn’t thrown at just anything, and a loss of future could be on the cards if more of the series comes off looking like King Of The Monsters.

It’s less fan-favourite and more run of the mill, proving once again money isn’t everything in film making, often becoming less instead. It handles its monsters and its humans in the wrong way, and ultimately pays the price for that.

2/5

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