Not Worthy Of The Crown
Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows takes a look at Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, out now in cinemas in the UK and US…
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
Director: Michael Dougherty
Stars: Millie Bobbie Brown, Vera Farmiga, Zhang Zhi, Charles Dance
Every few years, Hollywood decides to have another crack at a Godzilla movie. It’s been five years since Gareth Edwards’ competent but a little dull Godzilla film and 21 years since Roland Emmerich’s pretty poor Godzilla movie. Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is an attempt by Warner Bros. to create a modern monster franchise series, tying in with 2017’s Kong: Skull Island.
The plot here, such as it is, sees shadowy organisation Monarch return to face off against a series of giant monsters led by Godzilla’s adversary King Ghidorah. Charles Dance sleepwalks through the ‘role’ of monster terrorist Jonah Alan while Millie Bobbie Brown from Stranger Things plays Madison Russell, the daughter of scientist Dr Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga).
The real problem here is that everything is so dark so it’s very hard to see what’s going on. Kong: Skull Island worked because its period setting lent it a kind of kitsch fun but Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is bloated and stupid with a particularly awful script. Godzilla himself looks decent enough but the fights are just too dark. There may be a pretence that this is some sort of allegory about accepting the other but basically it’s just a series of monsters fighting with each other which would be fine if we could see them a little clearer.
Fans of Godzilla may find a few things to enjoy here but it won’t cross over to a wider audience because it is handled in such a particularly artless and clumsy fashion. It has just made back its production budget as of this writing so it will probably do moderately okay at the box office but it lacks the flair of Kong. The follow-up Kong vs Godzilla is already slated for a 2020 release but they will have to buck their ideas up for it to come anywhere close to Kong: Skull Island for sheer enjoyment. This film is a bit of a letdown.
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is out now in UK and US cinemas. Here’s the film’s trailer