Directed by Michael Dougherty (X-Men: Apocolypse), Godzilla II: King of Monsters is the third entry into Legendary’s MonsterVerse, the predecessors being Godzilla (2014) and my personal favourite, Kong: Skull Island.
Leading on from the last Godzilla film our big lizard friend hasn’t been seen since the events of 2014. The cities he’s smashed have stayed that way, getting reclaimed by nature. Eco terrorists like this sort of thing, so go to great lengths to piss off all the other giant monsters that have been discovered in the intervening years.
In a post-film dissection of Godzilla II: King of Monsters I could tell how the movie could have been greenlit. On paper it’s a deceptively high concept film. As humans have grown accustomed to being alpha predators we must let go of our egos and surrender to the ancient gods of earth. Literal Sacrifices must be made. If only the movie was as fun to watch as the concept is to consider.
Kaiju fans and longtime Godzilla fans will have a lot to love here I believe, but if spectacle isn’t enough for you, you’ll be left wanting. Kyle Chandler plays a knock off of Alan Grant from Jurrasic Park, except with 100% more sad dad vibes and less coherent decision making. Vera Farmiga plays the Scientist first, wife second role, with motivations that are only slowly revealed. Ken Watanabe reprises his role as Godzilla enthusiast, and is perhaps the coolest human in the entire movie.
In the end the human story usually amounted to teleporting around the planet so they can be underfoot when tussles between Godzilla and King Ghidorah, a three headed dragon, go down.
With that said I’d actually like to give my special mention to Mothra, perhaps the most sympathetic character in the entire movie, and the only really good arc. Colour me team Mothra any day.
If you liked movies like Pacific Rim then I could recommend this movie. Get yourself all hyped up for Godzilla Vs Kong next year.