- Kyle ChandlerMillie Bobby Brown...
- Action & AdventureScience Fiction
- Michael Dougherty
- In 1 Cinema
Putting melted chocolate on a burnt, and awful tasting, cake probably won’t make it taste any better. Similarly, adding amazing fight scenes to a non-existent plotline probably won’t make a poorly written film digestible. Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ trailer promised, not only a great movie, but one filled with amazing action-packed fights. However, given its horrible script, its unmemorable plot, and lousy fight scenes, the audience received a burnt cake, minus the possibility of a delicious chocolate sauce to compensate.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a sequel to the 2014 feature Godzilla, and it follows Dr Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) as she invents the ORCA, a device that can control giant ancient monsters. When the ORCA is stolen, and Dr Russell is kidnapped along with her teenage daughter Maddison (Millie Bobby Brown) by an environmental terrorist, Monarch, the company Dr Emma works for, bring in her ex-husband (Kyle Chandler) to help them save the Dr and her daughter, as well as stop the monsters from ending the human race.
Yeah yeah, monsters on the loose, save the human race, whatever.
The reason this film exists, and the reason why people are going to see it, is that they want to see giant CGI monsters fight, and the film actually delivers on that. However, the “epic battles” take place in weather conditions that make the fights very unclear, and thereby taking away from the action. Additionally, the battles are repetitive and get boring, and the CGI design of Godzilla’s face is disappointing.
The plot and its characters are just props around the fights between several giant monsters, which is probably why the large number of characters, whether supporting or main, barely have any characterisation. The audience will not care at all what happens to any of them, and will not sympathise with them because they are so blatantly displayed as mere props.
Another reason characterisation is lacking is the script, which was the most horrible of all; the characters are either blatantly explaining the plot, guessing why Godzilla is doing what it is doing in clear but failed attempts to humanise it, or spoon feeding the audience expositional dialogue about each character’s motifs. All that and more with a level of cliché that will have you rolling your eyes every time any of them opens their mouth to talk.
For the acting, the entire cast’s acting skills were not showcased because of how the film positioned their characters. Vera Farmiga had one of the biggest roles in the film but, still was not able to take her character past a two-dimensionality that disappointed, especially since her character struggles internally throughout the film. Farmiga’s performance was mediocre with minimal and unmemorable facial expressions. Millie Bobby Brown was able to have audiences care about her character the most, with some strong reactions and facial expressions. Kyle Chandler’s performance was very monotone, with seemingly one facial impression throughout the film, even when he was supposedly having a change of heart.
If you are going to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters for the fights then don’t, it’s not worth the movie ticket.