Verdict: This sequel ups the stakes and amplifies the action.
Born in Ishirō Honda’s 1954 Japanese kaiju film, Godzilla aka Gojira can easily be considered as the most iconic made-for-movie monster. The worldwide pop-culture icon has been the subject of tons of films, video games, comics, and television shows. The god-like Titan had his big Hollywood moment back in the 2014 film Godzilla which kicked off its own franchise. Following the sequel Kong: Skull Island (2017), the series is now getting its third installment with Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters which also teases the fourth film in the franchise Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
What’s Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters About:
Quite some time has passed since the 2014 Godzilla attack and the world has been changed forever. The Russell family, who lost their son in the carnage, are now somewhat estranged. Emma (Vera Farmiga) and her daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) live together working for Monarch – a secretive corporation tasked with finding a solution to the monster mayhem. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler), on the other hand, is on hiatus in the wilderness. Meanwhile, Monarch finds itself in a legal battle with the government over the fate of the monsters and all hell begins to break loose when eco-terrorist Colonel Jonah Alan (Charles Dance) makes his move. With not one, not two, but 17 Titan monsters scattered across the globe and room for just one King to rule them all, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
With its two predecessors introducing us to the massive monsters, this sequel dives deep into the lore of where they came from. Director Michael Doughtery and the team of writers manage to find a great balance of various entertaining elements in Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters. The film delivers tenfold when it comes to the exuberant monster battles and action-packed mayhem but there’s also world-building, a familial plot, multiple layers of rivalry, and even burst of comedy to help you rest your eyes from the onslaught.
While the film is packed wall-to-wall with gigantic menacing monsters, the cast of the film also manages to stand out in their roles. Millie Bobby Brown is engaging as the strong-willed and soft-hearted teenager. Kyle Chandler is convincing as he battles with his intentions towards the Titans while Vera Farmiga displays a fascinating conflict of character. Ken Watanabe and Ziyi Zhang provide a humanistic approach towards a chaotic situation. Bradley Whitford delivers multiple moments of comedic relief. Most of all, it is the astounding cinematography by Lawrence Sher and the resonating background score of Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters that will really blow your mind.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Even with a relatively lengthy runtime of over two hours, there seems to be a lot of elements packaged into one film which might seem overwhelming to some. Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters has a sensory overload of big bright battles but that is also what makes this film an entertaining multiplex-filler.
Why You Should Watch:
Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters takes big-scale entertainment and raises it up a notch. The epic CGI and popcorn-worthy action are begging to be seen on the largest screen possible.
P.S. Stay back for the closing credits to catch cool Easter eggs and even an after-credits scene.