I would like to say Godzilla: King of Monsters is the kaju movie that really takes things to the next level. I would like to say that the story blew me away and takes everything from the 2014 Godzilla and improves upon it. I would like to say those things, but I just can’t. The one thing King of Monsters has that it’s predecessor does not have is a lot, and I mean a lot, of giant monsters fighting giant monsters. While this is cool, it feels very empty because I have no attachment to the monsters or to the human characters in the film.
For such a great cast, I feel they were wasted throughout the whole movie. I could not tell you the name of one character from this movie other than the monsters. This is because they somehow failed to make me care about any of them. I didn’t hate them, I just didn’t care. Because I don’t know their names I will be calling them by the actors who played them. Kyle Chandler and his wife Vera Farmiga lost a son during the destruction Godzilla caused back in the 2014 film. They still have a daughter Millie Bobby Brown, who does a great job being scared and conflicted, who lives with Mom because Dad couldn’t get over the loss of his son and started drinking and running from his life.
Spoilers ahead. Vera Farmiga works with Monarch, the Giant Monster tracking clandestine corporation. However, early on we find out she believes the Titans, giant monsters, are here to wipe out humanity, because we are a virus (looking at you Matrix) and ruining the environment (looking at you the plot of every movie from 2018). As a result, she turns on Monarch and connects with Tywin Lannister, Charles Dance, who is an Eco Terrorist. Together they will wake up all the resting Titans (14 or 17 in total I think). First, they wake up the three headed dragon who can control weather and turns out to be an alien (because … why not) named King Ghidorah. He defeats Godzilla, because humans are dumb, and starts making all the titans attack the world, because his is an alien and doesn’t heal the environment like Godzilla but instead destroys it like an evil alien.
I don’t know if the plot is bad or the script was awful but it just felt convoluted and ridiculous. There was a scene in this movie with helicopters that actually made me think about the 1990s Godzilla. I should not ever be thinking of that movie when watching this one. I will admit that I like the idea of a mythology with these monsters and ancient civilizations. That’s my bread and butter. But it is barely touched on and I hope it is explored in future films. Mothra was awesome. We need more Mothra. The battles were cool and if that is all you care about then you will love this movie. I find battles without character development just a lot of visual noise. All the monsters were awesome and I really hope that next years “Godzilla Vs King Kong” fixes the issues of character development. I know a lot of people like to say that with Godzilla it doesn’t matter. That they are only here for the monster fights. Disaster movies don’t need good character development because it just doesn’t matter.
One of the best examples of a disaster movie with great character development is a Norwegian film called “The Wave” from 2015 directed by Roar Uthaug. This movie has all the tropes of disaster movies, but never loses that essential character development that makes “the disaster” matter. If you just want to watch Godzilla fight monsters then please go see this movie. If not, I would recommend watching 2015s “The Wave”. Even with subtitles, you will not be disappointed.