Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a sequel to the 2014 film that was directed by Gareth Edwards, I actually quite enjoyed the original as it was a flawed but fun movie. The original films director is out for the sequel and directing duties fall to Michael Dougherty who like Edwards hasn’t directed many films, though has worked on a fair few in varying capacities.
Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga are the main stars this time round supported by Millie Bobby Brown and the returning Ken Watanabe amongst others. The big cast selling point for me though is Charles Dance being in as the main antagonist. It’s a pretty strong cast overall but obviously you’re not going to see a film like this for the humans.
Let’s get to the positives then, Brown and Dance both give solid performances, which is to be expected. The special effects on the monsters are mostly impressive, which you’d bloody hope for in a film that’s about giant monsters kicking the crap out of each other. Godzilla himself is as badass as you’d expect given he’s basically the main selling point of the film.
With that out of the way let’s get to the negatives and by Christ, there’s a lot of them. The human characters are too heavily focussed on and yet realistically have little to no impact on the story barring a couple of exceptions, the two main characters are fundamentally unlikeable and Charles Dance is under-utilised to an offensive extent.
The film is too CGI heavy and while the monsters are decent the rest of the special effects don’t really measure up the same way. Add to that the horrendous use of shaky cam, zoom, some Michael Bay-esque editing and you’ve got a visual mess of a movie. I dread to think how much was spent on the visuals and I’d be amazed if this breaks even frankly.
Script-wise some of the dialogue is excruciatingly bad, the majority of the characters are underdeveloped or unlikeable and things happen that literally make no goddamn sense. Add to that a seeming lack of ideas which is pretty damning when you consider (and there are some minor spoilers here) two characters are given deaths where they sacrifice themselves at separate points. One sort of makes a degree of sense in terms of motivation and the other seems like a pretty transparent ploy to change the viewer opinion of a character.
Genuinely this is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen at the cinema, possibly even the worst. I went in with low expectations and it failed to meet even those, failing to even make it to so bad it’s good status. It frankly gets the points it does get for casting Charles Dance and for the Vimto slush puppy type thing I got, which was delightful. Honestly, don’t waste your time with this.
TBG Score: 2/10