• Joshua Buck

Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019)

The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Now I went into this movie with 100% zero expectations and do you know what I watched it and I had a really good time. Yes, the dialogue is somewhat laughable at points but my god did I enjoy this experience.

Will this movie goes on to be a cinema great and it will just take time for everyone to come round to it as people did with 2001: A Space Odyssey or Blade Runner… no, I do not.

However, I do think there is one element of this movie that I think Godzilla: King of Monsters will be remembered for and that is of its cinematography. This movie has some of the best VFX work I have ever seen in a fantasy movie and sorry Marvel that includes you. The neon colours combined with the dark aesthetic creates some beautiful imagery.

The writing of this movie can be criticised as the dialogue at points just made me laugh whilst I was watching along. The dialogue did feel a bit too expositional at times but as I went in not seeing the previous movie it was enough info that didn’t seem too much detail all at once. However, I feel like the script prioritised putting in information over creating a good concise story.

One scene in particular really stood out to me (spoiler warning) and that was when they encountered Godzilla underwater. I felt like this scene captured the tension perfectly, provided the exceptional visual stimulus and that the scene served its purpose very well to move the story forward.

I don’t really have much to add to this review. The performances were OK, nothing Oscar-worthy, editing did its job it edited shots together.

This movie got me excited to see the other instalments and I thoroughly enjoyed it as a bit of escapism but I can’t take away the fact that the movie was a bit of a mess but the cinematography was enough to keep me watching on.

I rate this movie a very harsh 2.5/5.

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