We finally got out to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters this evening. We almost didn’t. We were both tired. The showtimes meant coming home for dinner and then hanging around for a while and then going back out, which is a thing that almost never happens for us. But we went, and boy am I glad we did!
If you are a Godzilla fan, you will like this movie. Big G gets big stretches of screen time. Lots of the classic monsters are there – Mothra, Ghidora, Rodan – as well as some new ones the filmmakers just made up, like a lumpy mammoth and a Cthulu-headed crab. The special effects are both special and effective. Ken Watanabe and Godzilla get a kind-of touching moment. There are plenty of nods to earlier iterations of the series and little treats for the fans, all the way through the final credits. Speaking of which, like the other movies in the MonsterVerse, there is an end scene after the credits giving a little hint of what future movies might bring! While you’re there, listen for the cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s song Godzilla 🙂
That said – be sure to adjust your expectations. This is not a good movie in the normal sense of the word. The plot makes only the barest level of sense. The main characters are all pretty unlikable. The writing and acting range from OK to kind of terrible. People do and say things that make no sense whatsoever. And I am not a huge fan of the new look or sound of Godzilla.
But none of that is a barrier to liking this movie. It is a Godzilla movie. It’s not The Godzillas of Madison County or No Country for Old Godzillas. It’s not supposed to make any sense. Godzilla and Ghidora are mortal enemies beating the daylights out of each other, and that’s all the sense I needed out of it.
How about you? Godzilla fan – yay or nay? Have any guilty movie pleasures?