Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Critics Consensus

Godzilla: King of the Monsters delivers spectacular kaiju action -- and reaffirms that cutting-edge effects are still no substitute for a good story.

40%

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Total Count: 293

84%

Audience Score

Verified Ratings: 20,815
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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 super-species - thought to be mere myths - rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.

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Cast

Vera Farmiga
as Dr. Emma Russell
Ken Watanabe
as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Sally Hawkins
as Dr. Vivienne Graham
Kyle Chandler
as Mark Russell
Millie Bobby Brown
as Madison Russell
Bradley Whitford
as Dr. Stanton
David Strathairn
as Admiral William Stenz
Thomas Middleditch
as Sam Coleman
Charles Dance
as Alan Jonah
O'Shea Jackson, Jr.
as Chief Warrant Officer Barnes
Aisha Hinds
as Elizabeth Ludlow
Ziyi Zhang
as Dr. Chen
Randy Havens
as Dr. Tim Mancini
Anthony Ramos
as Staff Sergeant Martinez
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Audience Reviews for Godzilla: King of the Monsters

  • Jun 09, 2019
    Godzilla: King of Monsters was definitely a "Meh" outing. The only fun bit was watching the CGI monsters in action. The story telling was not compelling and suffered from poor pacing. Could have been better.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2019
    For a while, 2014's Godzilla was one of my favorite films, and certainly my favorite monster film. I know a lot of people took issue with the lack of the titular lizard in the film, but I loved the slow buildup to his reveal late in the movie and the excellent performances (namely Bryan Cranston) on display. Godzilla set the stage for my excitement for Legendary's MonsterVerse, excitement that was dulled by the disappointing Kong: Skull Island. However, Godzilla: King of the Monsters reinvigorated that excitement, preparing me for a two-hour spectacle of kaiju fights and destruction. Boy, was that excitement misguided. King of the Monsters picks up five years after the conclusion of Godzilla, opening with the San Francisco scene of that film shown from the perspective of the main characters, the Russell family. It follows the emergence of several other similarly sized monsters, dubbed "Titans" by the scientific community, and their effect on the world through the destruction they cause. These monsters include Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, among others, and their conflict with each other and with Godzilla. Accompanied by these creatures are a variety of human characters, including the Russell family (Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things), Doctors Graham and Serizawa of the first film (Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe, respectively), and Alan Jonah (Charles Dance), an eco-terrorist trying to reawaken the long-dormant Titans and, by the way, a bland and boring villain. Now, these characters weren't as underdeveloped or flat as other reviews had led me to believe, but they were still poorly written and hard to connect with. Aside from Chandler's and Watanabe's characters, I found it difficult to care about any of rest of the cast, including Bobby Brown's, who I thought would be a surefire hit in the film. It makes much of the film, which shows these people standing around in rooms and spouting off exposition, rather uninteresting. This is a shame, since King of the Monsters features an A-list cast that should have knocked it out of the park. Perhaps the biggest flaw of King of the Monsters, aside from the mediocre character inclusions, is the muddled and messy plot. One of 2014's Godzilla's strengths came from the focused narrative, which concentrated on one family and their experiences with Godzilla while also featuring the giant lizard battling the MUTOs. King of the Monsters struggles because it tries to do more than its script was equipped to handle. This doesn't mean that the film is overstuffed, but the plot is far more complicated than it needed to be, making it hard to follow as a result. For instance, character motivations shift back and forth several times in the film without any evident reasons. This includes the monsters, as one scene shows King Ghidorah nearly murdering Rodan, even though the two creatures fight alongside each other a few scenes later. Another example is a device called ORCA, the MacGuffin of the plot, whose purpose or capability is never clear. The most clarity that the film offers comes in the form of scenes that are loaded with exposition, which typically include characters standing around rooms and pointing at computer monitors or people talking to each other in video calls. Several inconsistencies arise in the film as well, like the fact that Monarch (the "monster-hunting" organization included in Godzilla) unexplainedly operates dozens of multi-billion dollar research facilities around the world and possesses an armada of aerial vehicles, like VTOLs, fighter jets, and a massive flying wing, that most modestly-sized militaries would be envious of. It seems the writers just wanted audiences to turn their brains off and sit tight for the monster fights. Speaking of… The main appeal of Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the spectacle of massive animals, in this case Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan, duking it out in glorious fashion. These battles, which include three distinct types of shots, sometimes deliver. Two of these three types of shots are spectacular: wide shots that let audiences see the massive scale and full CGI glory of the combatants and shots from the human perspective that show how f*cking gigantic and scary the creatures are. Unfortunately, the third type – ground-level shots that show the destruction up-close – are an absolute mess of explosions, flashes, and upheaval that made me dizzy more than anything. It was stupidly hard to follow what was happening in these shots since there wasn't much coherence on the screen. These moments held back the monster fights from being as entertaining or watchable as they should have been. However, if you exclude those shots from the film, you're left with some pretty stunning and entertaining scenes. Godzilla: King of the Monsters mostly succeeds at delivering the large-scale, bombastic monster v. monster action that fans of the franchise want to see. If that's all your expecting from the film and all you want to see, you're going to get your money's worth when you buy a ticket. Unfortunately, when you look at the rest of the film, you'll find an incoherent plot, uninteresting characters, and a messy attempt at world-building in the MonsterVerse franchise. Right now, the future isn't looking great for the much-anticipated Godzilla vs. Kong: the filmmakers need to direct their efforts towards a focused and easy-to-follow plot that isn't bogged down by too much exposition or a muddled narrative. As it stands, I'm still excited for the next film in the franchise, but this one was nevertheless a disappointment for me. I'm giving Godzilla: King of the Monsters 2 out of 5 stars.
    Paul F Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2019
    While the lackluster and uninspiring human elements drag the film down, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a sight to behold from its glorious action to the mesmerizing visuals and portrayals of its titular kaiju and company, setting up for the inevitable showdown with the king of the jungle that hopefully could be an improvement from this tad of a mishap. 2.7/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2019
    Every frame a painting. The production on this team really nailed the picturesque framing of each shot in this movie. its masterful. Also they really allow you to delve into the character side of Godzilla, and actually recognizing him as a protecting force from the earth rather than a giant destructive creature which is really awesome as well. They introduce old characters from the Lore and invent some new once that don't really seem to fit. There are some slow sequences and some spots that don't make a whole lot of logical sense. and the human characters can only be seen as fodder, but aren't treated as such and get tin the way of what should be happening at times, but its still a fun romp.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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