Wednesday, June 12, 2019

MARIAH's THOUGHTS on Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Release Date:
May 31, 2019
Run Time:
2 hr 12 mins

Directed by:
Michael Dougherty

Screenplay by:
Michael Dougherty & Zac Shields

Production Co.:
Disruption Entertainment, Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Pictures, Toho Company Ltd., Legendary Entertainment

Distribution Co.:
Warner Bros. Pictures

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Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Bradley Whitford,

Plot Summary:
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.


*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains SPOILERS

It is an upgrade to Godzilla (2014). Godzilla: King of the Monsters launches the MonsterVerse into full throttle by awakening all the dormant Titans and giving its audience hardcore battles, devastation, and drama. The cinematography in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) has incredible timing in sound score and visuals that builds suspense. And instead of different perspectives from characters ranging from civilian to U.S. Navy, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) focuses on Monarch, Monarch’s scientist, and more importantly the Titans. While not all the Titans are named, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) compensates by giving its viewers a history of Monarch and introduces a larger more dangerous threat to the planet and humanity. Monster Zero, later named Ghidorah, is awakened and released from its Antarctic prison. He is fierce, destructive, and terrifyingly commanding of the other Titans. He shows his grit when he fights and defeats the Titan, Fire Demon Rodan, and even Godzilla at one point in the film. Not only can Ghidorah shoot lightening, he can create a perpetual storm to surround himself, regenerate, and nearly kill Godzilla without batting an eyelash. Ghidorah serves as the major rival to Godzilla in this film.

But all this isn’t to say Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) is just a bunch of fighting monsters, it still maintains a heartfelt story of a broken family and some light comedy to keep the audience hooked. In the beginning of the film, Monarch paleobiologist Emma Russell succeeded in completing Orca, a device that emits frequencies that help control the Titans and tested it on a freshly hatched Mothra. Her motivation to create a better world in memory of her son who died in Godzilla (2014), helps set into motion the release of all the Titans. At first, she could control the Titans but after she and her daughter, Madison, were captured by a group of eco-terrorists that planned on using the Orca and the Titans for their personal ideals the film became more complicated. Emma’s original objective was to create a cleaner, less polluted, and overpopulated Earth by using the Titan’s radiation and destructive force, but it had all been for naught when Ghidorah decided to take control of all the Titans. In Monarch’s perspective, Mark Russell, Emma’s ex-husband and Madison’s father, were keen on finding Emma and putting a stop to her plans and the eco-terrorists. What made it worse was that humanity played itself when the Navy launched an “Oxygen Destroyer” missile at Ghidorah and Godzilla, nearly killing Godzilla, causing everything to spiral downwards for humanity.

It is one crisis after another, leading to Godzilla and Ghidorah’s final showdown. The lowest and saddest parts of the movie help build up to the final battle between Godzilla and Ghidorah. After their initial fight, Godzilla is forcibly recharged and healed by a point-blank nuclear bomb and the subsequent sacrifice of Dr. Serizawa. Madison decided to abandon her mother and escape her confinement while taking Orca with her, showing that she is brave and independent person with a strong will of her own. With this, Madison helped bring her mother and father together and gave Godzilla the time he needed to find Ghidorah. The family had a deep wound and history that helped shape Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) while making sure the film stayed focused on the Titans. 

With all that being said, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) pays great homage to the original Japanese monster movie films by including the rivalry between Ghidorah and Godzilla, the twins who seem to have a mystical attachment to Mothra, the “Oxygen Destroyer” missile, and some of the original monsters. Critics may hate it, but whether you are a new monster movie fan or an older one looking to relive your childhood through the big screen and in HD, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) is an entertaining ride.

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