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.
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The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face 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. When these ancient superspecies, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.
The governments plan to kill all the Titans while they slept becomes horrifying once you look at it through a mathematical lens. The people advocating for it seem to assume that the fact their targets are slumbering guarantees success (far from it, considering WHAT they are trying to kill) and don't seem to consider the consequences of failure (an awake, angry Titan). If the chance of failure for whatever method they use is any greater than 0%, then the odds are fairly good that at least one of the 17 monsters they planned to target would pay them back in kind, to illustrate this point, imagine that the governments chosen method (buried nukes or oxygen destroyers) had a 95% chance of killing or sufficently crippling a Titan and a 5% chance to fail and result in a rampaging Titan. Those odds are good for a single monster, but for 17, the odds of there being a very angry survivor jump to around 59%. Couple that with the unlikelihood that humankind can maintain those odds throughout all 17 of their attempts... This becomes even more so when you remember the one attempt we see at someone trying to kill a dormant Titan (the Male MUTO in the original film) via electrocution failed to so much as injure it, and the male MUTO is comparably physically frail for a Titan (with Godzilla only needing one solid hit to kill him), making it even more likely they'd only succeed in waking them up and making them mad. Think about the level of damage that the fight between Godzilla and the MUTOs, and the MUTOs in general, caused. This movie has four kaiju at minimum, all of which dwarf the MUTOs in power (the MUTOs only had one special ability that only caused indirect damage, Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah all have abilities capable of destroying entire cities) and if King Ghidorah is anything like his previous counterparts, just imagine the amount of damage they will cause. Remember how Gareth Edwards in the 2014 film said that humans are like ants to the kaiju, mostly ignoring us and swatting us away when we start stinging them? With that analogy, Ghidorah is the equivalent of a kid burning ants with a magnifying glass, reveling in their pain for his own twisted amusement. See more »
Social animals rarely, if ever, form packs with members of other species (in the case of wolves, packs are pretty much exclusively members of the same family), so the idea that all the wildly different Kaiju are forming a pack is a pretty big stretch. It's implied Ghidorah has some unique ability to make the Kaiju obey him, but the human characters are still using faulty logic when they unironically use the "pack" analogy. See more »
SPOILER: Part of the closing credits are a montage of Monarch records alongside news records covering the aftermath of the Titans' rising. Near the end of the credits, there are various records focusing on Skull Island, Kong's home; this leads into Godzilla vs. Kong (2020). See more »
Crazy review title right? Well you might agree after watching this movie.
You'll probably hear a lot of opinions from people who aren't homegrown Godzilla fans - and they will have their own thoughts on this.
I, on the other hand, am a big fan of the monster going years back. Finding a Godzilla movie in the TV guide, or a DVD for one of the Toho movies to rent was like winning the lottery when my brother and I were young.
Here are my thoughts plainly stated: Yes, this is a better Godzilla film than the 2014 movie. There are *aspects* of the latter that some might say make it superior, but that would only make it a better movie in general - as a *Godzilla movie* this new one is quite a bit better.
Don't listen to the people on RottenTomatoes talking about how "the special effects are overly relied on and can't make up for the bad characters and plot."
No. Those CG monsters are the best part, and they almost singlehandedly save this movie. The solution is not to focus less on special effects and develop the characters better. The solution is to have every human character stepped on in the second act and have the last 45 min center the story solely on the monsters - which I guess would mostly be fighting.
The problem is this does not happen. Every moment you see the monsters battle, you enter a brief moment of bliss before you are ripped away to deal with people you don't care about doing things you hope they fail at. The first "clash" occurs in Antarctica, and that scene was actually quite good despite the focus on the humans. You're just now being exposed to these titans duking it out, so having people there witnessing the madness and trying to escape help play into how incredible this event truly is.
By the 3rd act, however, this tolerance has dried up. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't a movie titled "Godzilla" imply that he is the main character? Because he doesn't feel like one. Without a doubt, THE biggest problem that Godzilla (2014) and this film have is they place waaayyyy too much value on human beings. Everyone in the audience is waiting for them to shut up and go away, but the movie has its head up its ass and thinks what they're doing is somehow important and worth focusing on. It would be like two warriors facing off, and having most of the climax focusing on ants running around on the ground trying to save each other.
The only "characters" here that need development are the Kaijus. Have them be your stars. Have them be the focus. It doesn't just have to be mindless action like how snobby people will pretend that's all we want to see. Go ahead and tell a story, but NOT with people. They are not the reason we're watching this, and we don't care about them.
One exception to what I said in the previous paragraph: Ken Watanabe
His big character moment was incredible. If you must have human beings involved, do them like this. He was amazing.
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