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June 5, 2019

Godzila: King of the Monsters (2019) --- "Only One Will Rule, Long Live The King"

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
    It’s been five years since the battle between Godzilla and the Mono and the world is still recovering from the knowledge that Titans, ancient superspecies thought to be mere myths,  exist. Now they are faced with a new threat when a whole host of Titans return and crypto-zoological agency Monarch has only one hope of stopping them, Godzilla. The whole world trembles as it watches Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla’s ultimate nemesis, the   Ghidorah fight for the title King of the Monsters, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance. As these ancient species collide who will rise to the top and who will fall? Can Godzilla save humanity from extinction once again? Or has he finally met his match?
    Directed by Michael Doughtry (Krampus), and co-written alongside Zach Shields (Godzilla vs. Kong, Krampus) and Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019) is an exciting action-packed adventure that is the third installment in the Pictures’ Monster series following Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island (2017). In comparison to the first two films, this is easily the most ambitious film to date by introducing several classic Titans and having them fight one another at every given chance. Godzilla (2014) suffered because it shoved its titular monster into the background and instead places the humans into the forefront of the film. Kong: Skull Island (2017) did much the same thing, however, it also failed with its human characters because there were just too many to focus on or give adequate time to. But King of Monsters tries to rectify this by creating bigger battles, including more monsters and giving both species enough screen time.
    The visual effects can be a hit or miss but for at least 95% of the time, it was on point and breathtaking. Most of the monsters - like Godzilla, Mothra, and Ghidorah - were awe-inspiring and very well rendered but the Rodan was a little less convincing. At first, it was great but by the end, it looked as if the special effects team just kind of gave up, he looked like a video game render.
    Now the music score by Bear McCreary was incredible with the classic theme playing in some parts and a more menacing tone playing in others. Each of the monsters has its own theme and it perfectly suits their nature, their character. The success of this score comes as no surprise considering that it was created by the same man who also did work for The Walking Dead, Outlander, Agents of Shield, Happy Death Day 1 & 2, and the upcoming Chucky film Child’s Play (2019).
    The cast performances of the humans were impressive. Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Ken Watanabe (The King and I, Pokemon Detective Pikachu), Kyle Chandler (First Man, Game Night, Catch-22), and Ziyi Zhang (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) were great and add value to the film. The supporting cast of Charles Dance (GOT, Kingsmen 3), Vera Farmiga (Annabelle Comes Home), Bradley Whitford (Get Out, The Handmaid’s Tale), Aisha Hinds (9-1-1), and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) provided some great support and acted as upfront background characters.
    Overall, Godzilla: King of Monster (2019) was an incredible film. The story improved since the last two films, the special effects were pretty good throughout most of the films, the music was on point, and the cast performances were fitting. All in all, I would recommend that you see this film in IMAX if possible, especially if you plan on seeing Godzilla vs. Kong (2020)

Final Vote --- 8 of 10 stars

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