‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters” delivers decent story with epic action

By Parker Otto

If anyone wanted to see a film filled with really engaging characters amid a spectacle of monster filled action, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” probably won’t satisfy but if one is in the mood for gorgeous action with a decent script then the film should be serviceable. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is the third film in Legendary Entertainment’s “Monsterverse” which brings titans like Godzilla and King Kong together in a collective cinematic franchise.

The film takes place five years after the events of “Godzilla” and sees characters from the previous film work with Godzilla in order to defeat the three headed dragon Ghidorah; an ancient being who is capable of commanding other “titans” including the fiery pterodactyl Rodan and the enormous insect Mothra.

What is most impressive about the film are the battles between these legendary monsters of cinema. The computer generated monsters look very realistic and seeing Godzilla duke it out with these legendary monsters is epic to say the least.

Unfortunately, the film is bogged with characters that leave little to no impact. Hardly any of these characters leave an impact and are merely blank slates. When someone dies, a viewer might feel bad but that’s the most investment they’ll feel.

There are two exceptions to this trend of bland protagonists. One is Doctor Ishirō Serizawa, played by Ken Wantanabe, who has a serious tone throughout the whole film and gets the viewer to comprehend a giant lizard who smashes buildings seriously. The other is Madison Russell, played by Millie Bobby Brown, who is memorable due to her reflecting the viewer’s amazement of seeing these monsters.

The film doesn’t appear to have a natural flow to it. Most of the plot consists of the characters going from point A to point B and running into monsters only for Godzilla to fight them. The fight scenes are fine, but what lies between them ranges from exposition to conversations that are supposed to build characters but feel like baggage the film doesn’t need.

Some of the lines are good and there are times the viewer will laugh. But then the film decides to have a bunch of unneeded cliches attached to it. This includes the most idiotic piece of expostion ever: a sentence starting with “as you know” followed by a piece of information. If a character already knows something, then another character doesn’t have to inform them so the exposition is completely pointless.

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” will entertain many people and for good reason. The film has enough action to excite an average filmgoer. But, if seeing the film, it’s best to turn off the brain for two hours.