Godzilla: King of the Monsters

6.02 h 11 min2019X-RayPG-13
When ancient god-sized monsters rise again, the crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah as they all vie for supremacy.
Michael Dougherty
Kyle ChandlerVera FarmigaMillie Bobby Brown
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Bradley WhitfordSally HawkinsCharles DanceThomas MiddleditchAisha HindsO'Shea Jackson Jr.David StrathairnKen WatanabeZiyi Zhang
Mary ParentAlex GarciaThomas TullJon JashniBrian Rogers
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MikeReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
There's no need for anti-Christian themes in a movie like this
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I've been a fan of Godzilla movies for nearly 5 decades. Although I bought this movie, I am deleting it from my library and won't be watching any more from this franchise. The sacrilegious scenes with Ghidorah and the cross in the foreground are not only unnecessary but are also inappropriate. The blasphemy and profanity in this movie are also unnecessary. We'll be watching classic Godzilla movies from now on, but none from this franchise. If you can't make a movie without blasphemy, profanity, and/or sex, then perhaps you should pursue a career in something else.
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THowertonReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A slam bang kaiju/ Godzilla love letter to fans all around the world.
***Non-spoiler review*** The 2019 movie "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" is going to establish itself as a fan favorite if for no other reason it gets the kaiju right and it lets us see a lot, and I mean a lot, of the monsters! They don't drive just the action for the human characters but they have their own personal motivations that many of us will be able to relate to. I'm not saying that they are completely anthropomorphized because they are still treated as animals, but as animals whom we can recognize through our study of our own animal kingdom. That Godzilla is unabashedly the "good guy" is clear and follows from 2014's "Godzilla"; he may be an engine of destruction but it's not purposefully directed toward humanity. And he regards himself as the top tier of monsterdom, that this is his world, and that he'll protect it viciously from any pretenders to the throne. Enter old rival Ghidorah, the three-headed monster, who is a mighty and majestic rival indeed. Some of the shots that the monsters are in, all existing in a tortured physical atmosphere often brought up by Ghidorah who appears to be a king of storms, could be cut out and framed they are that gorgeous or artistically framed! I can see some who will lament that we don't get to often see the monsters in really clear shots or moments either because of the cinematographer's framing or because of the visual artist's atmospheric renderings but one still gets plenty of scenes that give us the awe and scope of these magnificent beasts. In "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" the monsters are the main reason to see the film on a BIG SCREEN and you should be prepared for titanic tussles and brawls. If the trailers have you interested then you know exactly what you'll be getting into. The human story, which really serves the monster's story, is easy to follow but you may scratch your head at a couple of the motivations for the main characters. Actresses Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobbi Brown carry most of the film but Kyle Chandler as an estranged husband and father is also a very important member of the cast. I didn't like his character as he was too one-note (angry) and he didn't convey his conflicted decisions well emotionally. So while it would have been great to see some great acting (Farmiga and Brown are pretty good) that's not the main draw for this movie so I have gone easy on this aspect. As a very long time Godzilla fan (shout out to my personal fave Godzi flick, though generally despised, "Son of Godzilla"!) this movie was an absolute treat and served up almost everything I wanted! I'll be seeing it again soon!

***Spoiler review*** I loved "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" in all of its giant monster goodness! The wealth of monster footage, monster action, and monster motivation comes across like a love letter to Godzilla and kaiju fans the world over. The monsters look fantastic and their scale is bigger than ever. The screen can rarely contain their immensity just like an eye, close up to the monster, wouldn't be able to take the whole thing in unless you were far off! There are so many visually artistically splendid moments like when Ghidorah charges himself with electricity and then unleashes a firestorm of electrical bolts that sear the sky and scorch the military from it! Ghidorah is a vicious marvel and we are treated to his menacing break out of the ice, to his flying after Monarch's planes almost sneering, and to his almost gentle explorations and manipulations to objects extremely tiny to him. Godzilla, beefy and immense also, is spry and agile. There's a blink and you'll miss it moment where he snatches Ghidorah out of the sky, slams one of the heads down, rips off one of the heads, and so much more but Ghidorah is a match for the bulldog Godzilla and to make matters worse Ghidorah has the ability to re-generate itself to some degree as it re-grows a head like a lizard would re-grow a tail (only a lot quicker). Both monsters get a great deal of screen time but the show is definitely Godzilla's. Mothra gets some beautiful moments but not nearly as much screen time while Rodan gets a lot and is especially exciting in its aerial dogfights with the military. The other Titans that we see we see only in brief glimpses in the middle and end of the film. While the movie is dark and the monsters are constantly obscured by environmental atmospherics (Mothra hatches underneath a waterfall; Rodan erupts from a volcanic prison; Godzilla is constantly wet or being rained on; etc.) the visuals are still very striking and inspiring. The human story serves the monster story but I have to admit that Kyle Chandler's character, Mark Russell, estranged from his wife and daughter after his son was killed in San Francisco in 2014 due to Godzilla's fight with the MUTO, is someone I didn't like. He is constantly angry but then his actions are in contradiction to his anger and his motivations conflicted as he wants Godzilla dead but is the one who understands Godzilla's motivations the most and helps the monster out the most. His acting was one-note but Vera Farmiga gives a nuanced performance as Emma Russell who has helped engineer the release of the monsters to save the earth by decimating humankind. Their daughter, Madison, goes along with this at first and then has a change of heart. This shift is subtle and I suspect many will miss it. Humor is injected into the movie but unfortunately often falls flat (and so much of it is spoiled in the numerous trailers that this film received). Critics of the 2014 movie who hated how Brian Cranston's character was killed off early (like that movie was supposed to be all about him?) will probably find some fault that this movie keeps most of its characters alive at least up until almost the end of the movie! I appreciated the human story but it wasn't anything special. "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" does not follow but draws greatly from the classic "Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster" which first introduced us to Ghidorah and teamed up a battling Godzilla and Rodan to take on the bigger threat of Ghidorah when Mothra as a larva was getting its butt kicked by the monster. This movie is inspired by that and other classic kaiju movies. Maybe this will create a resurgence of interest in the old Toho greats? I hope!

***Spoiler story review*** "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" follows about 5 years appropriately enough after the events of "Godzilla 2014". The secret agency Monarch, which has kept tabs on Godzilla and has established outposts around other giant creatures that they have discovered, is still largely in the dark about why these creatures still exist. The creatures, dubbed Titans, are believed to be ancient original species whom mankind has worshipped as gods down through the ages and who have fought against each other periodically for dominance. After the events of "Godzilla 2014" in the wake of the disasters in San Francisco and Fukishima something else has been discovered though: in the wake of the creatures life has flourished, vegetation has reclaimed concrete, etc. The Russell family was in San Francisco when Godzilla fought the MUTO and they suffered a tragedy in the death of a son; not able to cope with it husband/ dad Dr. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler--constantly angry in this movie) left wife/ mother Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) who now works for Monarch and daughter Madison (Millie Bobbi Brown). Emma has developed a machine, the Orca, that can emulate sound patterns and help communicate or control the Titans, or so it is hoped. They get to test this when Mothra hatches as a giant caterpillar and freaks out in its containment field. Emma is able to subdue the Titan with the use of her machine but as she is doing so the outpost is attacked and she and her daughter are captured by a terrorist organization who wants to use the device to wake the Titans up; and so they do. What we learn is that Emma is a part of this terrorist organization and it's her plan to do so. She believes that the world is out of order due to mankind's warring and ecologically unsound ways and that the Titans will restore balance by thinning out the human herd while causing the environment to regenerate itself at an accelerated rate (if this sounds like shades of Thanos' idea that's because it essentially is--too bad for the Monsterverse that Marvel used this motivation recently). The plan goes too well as after they release Ghidorah, an alpha Titan, Ghidorah uses its communicative power/ call to raise up embedded Titans all over the world. And Godzilla won't be having any of this. While Ghidorah chases the Orca to destroy it Godzilla chases him and the two clash several times over the course of the film; Godzilla means business but Ghidorah is a fearsome foe. Meanwhile Ghidorah encounters the flying Titan Rodan and they have an aerial tussle (Rodan's scenes fighting the military in the air are completely awesome) with Rodan being overcoming and then bowing to serve Ghidorah. Meanwhile the American military have created an oxygen destroyer bomb and unleash it on Ghidorah and Godzilla but only apparently killing Godzilla. In fact he was severely injured and retreated to his underwater irradiated lair to recuperate. The Titans, called by and converging on Ghidorah, continue out their pathways of destruction while Mothra seeks to revive Godzilla in a mysterious way. Monarch too helps out by sending a nuke into his lair to speed up the absorption process and Dr. Serizawa ends up sacrificing himself to accomplish this (a call-back to the original "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" when the creator of the original Oxygen Destroyer, Dr. Serizawa, takes it to Godzilla's deep sea resting place and cuts his oxygen line and unleashes the OD to turn Godzilla into a bag of bones--Godzilla was the bad guy in his first film that amounted to a horror documentary). With Godzilla revived and jacked up he and Mothra head off to take out Ghidorah and Ghidorah's lieutenant Rodan. The four battle it out while Madison, who has had a change of heart and is no longer following mom's monstrous plans and has stolen the Orca, is saved by mom and dad and some Monarch members. Mothra overcomes Rodan but is slain by Ghidorah and Godzilla goes thermonuclear and snuffs Ghidorah out like a giant furnace would incinerate something. After this several of the monsters converge on Godzilla, who is standing on a mound like the proverbial king of the hill, and as he surveys them they bow to him. When the end credits role we get to see newspaper and on-line articles that talk about how the world has changed and gives us glimpses of what could come in the future, including an interesting note on how the monsters are now converging toward Skull Island.
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Movie NerdReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Best of the Hollywood Godzilla Movies
This was definitely more for Godzilla fans than it was for critics. It was way better than the 2014 film that got Certified Fresh. The film is just badass. Not perfect but....bad ass.
They do over-do the family drama again though. Especially when the family drama makes no sense. Mark Russel (Kyle Chandler) blames Godzilla for the death of his son. He wants all monsters dead.
Mark’s wife Emma (Vera Farmiga) says screw mankind. The monsters will cure the planet of Climate Change. So, in another words who cares if anyone else loses family members. Due to her plan to unleash all monsters.
Her daughter Madison (Millie Bobbie Brown) sticks with her. Despite her mom teaming with some bad men with guns. Who kill some nice scientists right in front of her. Mark is the sanest one in that family.
Even if there’s too much of the humans and a silly plot. This is the best of the Hollywood Godzilla movies. Critics are just wrong. One even said the Roland Emmerich version is better. What drugs is that critic on ?
The battles are some of the best done of any monster vs monster battle. Unlike the first film this one has a ton of Godzilla history to it. It shows him way more and shows the character great respect.
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BAJReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic 2019 Godzilla Movie!
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This 2019 version is absolutely awesome! I thought that the 2014 Godzilla movie couldn't be equaled, but Godzilla: King of the Monsters hammers it. What a great story with cutting edge special effects. The acting is brilliant, and the story is intense as it keeps you on the edge of your seat. The soundtrack is also superb. Everything blends together to deliver an outstanding experience. A "must see" and a "must have" for monster movie fans. Even though it originally had a August 6, 2019, it was worth waiting the additional week for its release, August 13, 2019.
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Christopher Robb-McCordReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Please do not waste your money on this. Find another movie.
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The titan fights were incredible but to watch those I had to sit through a horrid story. The acting is fine, but the overall story line makes me think it was written in about a day. Awful character development, plot hole after plot hole and the incessant crying and screaming of characters overshadowed the action sequences. I watched a movie entitled after the lead monster but I primarily saw very simple characters with their incessant screams and awful one liners. I wish I could get my money and time back. If there is a Godzilla 3, I won't even bother watching the trailer. Don't waste your time and money on this movie.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 31, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
This was possibly the worst movie I have seen in over a decade.
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This movie jams down your throat the badness of "the human species" and what is supposed to be a monster movie is continually interrupted with stupid diatribe about how we must save the planet now. WARNING, it is not worth paying 2 cents to watch this piece of garbage. I wish I could give it a lower rating, but this is as low as it goes. I lost two hours of my life watching whiny people run around in circles in a blatantly oblivious plot line. The true victims of this movie were the poor people who went to the theater to watch it. No wonder this movie flopped so atrociously at the box office.
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Aaron F.Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS - A Film that's a Love Letter to the Franchise and it's Fans
If I could describe GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS in one word, it would be Phenomenal. If they were alive today and seen this film, I firmly believe without a doubt that Ishiro Honda, Harou Nakajima, Akira Ifukube and Eiji Tsuburaya would be very proud of director Mike Dougherty, Bear McCreary and the whole team behind the film. It was action-packed, intense, thrilling, emotional, beautiful and incredible.

I cheered, I cried, and I was in utter awe of what I'd seen.

I went to see this film opening night with the love of my life and some friends. And we were not disappointed. Being a life-long Godzilla fan, I feel in love with the character all over again. I loved the worldbuilding and the scope revolving around the Titans. It was truly magnificent and unique of them to add more to the mythology and lore of these powerful, ancient beings.

And, to be quite honest, I enjoyed many of the human characters in the film. There's a powerful scene with Ken Watanabe's character Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and Godzilla that was simply beautiful, so much so it brought tears to my eyes. Yes, it was that emotional, as were many other scenes in this film.

The monster battles were incredible, fierce, and massive! Some of the best fight scenes I've seen in any film. You can literally feel the raw power and majesty of Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra as they make their presences felt whether they be fighting or simply be flying, running, walking, swimming, etc. They were all beautifully designed and were treated as their own unique characters, complete with personalities and emotions of their own.

And the scenes during the credits and the post credits scene? Wow! The MonsterVerse is going to get a lot bigger and more interesting as time goes on, that's for sure! Seeing all those easter eggs, plus the cool hints/build-up for GODZILLA VS. KONG was truly awesome! It's definitely going to be amazing to see the two most powerful Alpha Titans on the entire planet collide in a earth-shattering battle come March 10, 2020!

So, when it comes down to it, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS is a great film that's highly enjoyable and loads of fun. It is easily ranked among my favorite Godzilla films of any era whether it be Showa, Heisei or Millennium. And the person who deserves a lot of credit is Mike Dougherty. Thank you for making me fall in love with Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra all over again. I hope this will lead to many, many more films in the MonsterVerse.

My advice? Go out with your family and/or friends and see GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. If you can see it in IMAX, I highly recommend doing so. It's definitely worth it and you will be blown away! And if you want to see it more than once? Go for it! I know I'm definitely going to see it numerous times before it's out of theaters.

Since I've seen the film, I definitely want a Godzilla/Titans film that's set in various prehistoric eras. I would also love to see Mothra & Rodan get their own solo films. Plus, I'd love for Kong to get a sequel that takes place after his battle against Godzilla. Lastly, I would LOVE a Planet Earth documentary style live-action or animated series, possibly in the animation style of Avatar: The Last Airbender or Genndy Tartakovosky's, that focuses on all of the Titans.

I'm hoping for a load of bonus features, perhaps even an extended cut of the film, when it is released on Bluray/DVD in the near future.
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TonygeartwoReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best Kaiju flick in a while
So, King of the monsters has been splitting critics and audiences alike. Critics don't like it, the audience does. Me? I FRIGGIN' LOVED IT!!!! After having recently watched 20+ kaiju movies leading up to this one, and having been disappointed with the Godzilla anime and Shin Godzilla (I prefer my Godzilla to be more traditional than whatever that was supposed to be in Shin), I can say this is definitely that this the best Kaiju flick in awhile. While, I can't say that this movie is flawless, my 5 star rating reflects how much I enjoyed myself. I have never disagreed with critics more than I do now. Let me give you reasons why I love this movie so much:
1. The score was fantastic! Composer Bear McCreary re orchestrated the original Godzilla theme and Mothra theme, giving them the update needed for this generation of Monster flicks. Unfortunately Ghidorah and Rodan don't have their original themes here, however the compositions Bear created for them were worth of each monsters personality. Just check it out on youtube if you want to hear.
2. Monster fights are a plenty in this one. While I do appreciate the slow burn the first Godzilla did with action, it kinda hurts its re-watchability for me to point where I almost have to be in a certain mood to watch it. This one however doesn't hold back on the action, making this the movie I'm more likely re-watch more than the first. Yes, the fights do take place at night in a harzardous weather condition, i.e. rain or snow. However unlike the first where it was hard to see what was happening, the fights are better lit here making it easier to see what's happening. Plus, I like that it takes place at night because it makes the colors of each monster pop out. The bright blues of Godzilla's flames, Ghidorah glowing yellow when he builds up his gravity beams, the turquoise glow of Mothra's wings, and the red flames within Rodan's wings. It all looks like an actual work of to me, leading in to my next point
3. The special effects are amazing. The creatures are designed in a way that makes theme terrifying, yet beautiful in their own way. The expressions they give the monsters here actually makes them feel like characters. As they should because these monsters are characters.
Those are my main 3 reasons why I love this movie. I could go on more about what I liked, however if you're still reading, you might want to know what's exactly wrong with it. It's the human part. I don't find the human story anywhere near as bad as some critics will like to describe. Definitely not as aggrivating like Godzilla vs King Ghidorah's garbage time travel story. No, instead I actually found this story easy to follow. I'll spare you the details and say that it's not perfect, but it works for this kind of movie. Now the characters themselves, they're not interesting. The actors play them well, but they don't have much dive into. Because of this, inspite few exceptions like Ken Wantanabe's character and Bradley Whitford's (I like his character, sue me!), you don't particularly care who lives or who dies . Also, the movie tends to cut between humans and the monsters during fight sequences. Don't misunderstand me, you do get a lot of action in this movie and it's all great, but it feels like we don't get a solid minute of monsters fighting without cutting to a scene to the humans so they can explain what's going on. But that’s getting a bit nit picky. One positive that hasn't been said about the humans, at least one I haven't noticed yet, is that humans are almost always among the monsters. They are constantly in danger in getting squashed, zapped, eaten, blowing up, you name it! So it’s at least in a consistent pace between the switch-a-roos. Again, this is the movie’s weaker aspect, but it’s no where near enough to ruin the overall enjoyment I’ve had, and the human characters were not what were were paying money to see anyway.

Whew, that was a long one. Well, if you are still reading, let me say that if you are Godzilla fan or a Kaiju fan, your chances on enjoying this are very high. This definitely in my top 5 kaiju flicks of all time with the likes of GMK, Mothra vs. Godzilla, War of the Gargantuas, and the original Gojira. If you're not not a Godzilla fan, I still recommend that you should at least consider giving this a watch. If you're looking for big entertainment that's not a superhero movie, you options are this or John Wick Chapter 3.

I hope you check it you!
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