Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Movie Review

The legendary Godzilla makes a return after missing for five years long years from the big screen. Continuing the MonsterVerse franchise which has been an awesome affair so far, "Godzilla II: King of the Monsters" abruptly ends the great run by the franchise. If you're looking for guns-a-blazing action then you might actually love this film. But the lackluster writing and screenplay made this, if we are completely being blunt, a struggle to watch.

After the events in the first film, Monarch has been hunting down the locations of god-sized monsters littered throughout the world. The U.S. government has been investigating Monarch's role on these creatures' survival. The government believes that these monsters are dangerous while Monarch, led by Dr. Ishirō Serizawa (Ken Watanabe), theorizes that we could coexist with these creatures. While the investigation is ongoing, one of the Monarch facility is attacked by a terrorist group and with it they kidnap Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) and her daughter (Millie Bobby Brown) and a device that could control these monsters to man's bidding.
We had high hopes for "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" even if the trailers looked bland and CGI-heavy. Our worst fears were confirmed and that the film lacked substance and focused heavily on spectacle. The end product is a bombastic one providing heavy action and top-notch effects. In fact, the film was breath-taking and it had us completely in awe with its massive fight scenes and creature reveals. It was able to capture the heft, size, and fear that these monsters would bring out if they existed in real-life. As an action film, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" was quite enjoyable - we won't deny that. But the film seemingly aspired to be more than that. You could feel that "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" wanted to be more serious and deeper. But the complete opposite happens. The script was completely laughable and cheesy. The back stories of the various monsters feel forced. The relationships between characters are lacking or missing. Characters seem to be invincible most of the time. And don't get us started on the loopholes littered throughout the film. Even the climax feels like a huge letdown as the film just ends. Sadly, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" feels more like a primitive rendition of a Michael Bay "Transformers" film.
Rating: 2 reels

Why you should watch it:
- the fight scenes and effects are world-class

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story and writing is bad really bad

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