Godzilla: King of the Monsters is out this weekend, and even the monster battles can do little to improve this bland kaiju flick.
The film is directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown. As more and more Titans awaken around the globe, a power struggle ensues between the monsters.
In movies like this, the human characters are meant to be the audience’s window into the world. They’re our connection. Unfortunately, the human characters in Godzilla: King of the Monsters are all bland, shallow, cliched characters regurgitating bland, shallow, cliched dialogue (including the typical pseudoscience and exposition dumbs you’d expect), which makes it really hard to form any kind of connection to the story.
And it isn’t any fault of the actors. Everyone does a fine job with what they’re given; it’s just that what they’re given is difficult to make work.
But (as a friend of mine told me), “Who watches kaiju movies for the people?” This is a movie about giant monsters battling it out. And that does definitely happen. There are monsters aplenty in this flick, and sometimes they do indeed fight one another. But the fights are few and far between (especially considering how the studio is marketing this movie as one big “Godzilla vs Everyone” battle), and they’re not big or exciting enough to break you out of the boredom you’re feeling from the overall story.
There are a number of cool visuals, though, if this movie has one saving grace. If you’re a Godzilla fan looking for a new wallpaper for your phone or computer, you’ll have plenty of options. But cool shots do not make an interesting film.
Ultimately, Godzilla: King of the Monsters breaks the cardinal rule of storytelling: it’s boring. The battles are the highlight, obviously, and even though they have their moments, they’re not enough to raise this film from the depths of the sea.