This is my favorite movie of 2019. As much as I love Godzilla 2014, KOTM is a great improvement over 2014's shortcomings. Michael Dougherty should feel pride for creating a film that respects Godzilla's legacy in both serious and over-the-top aspects. There is a dedication at the end of the credits to two veteran Toho crew members, producer Yoshimitsu Banno and actor Haruo Nakajima. Which is well deserved and kind.
On the monster side of things, Godzilla is honored once again. Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Rodan have been portrayed really well considering that this is their first film debuts outside of Japan, and their integration into the Legendary series is welcoming. Bear McCreary deserves a reward for making Mothra's theme sound awesome! The other monsters we see, Queen MUTO, Scylla, and Behemoth (my personal favorite new titan) may have short time on screen, but if the fanbase really adores these new characters, then Legendary has surely done something right.
On the human side of things, I'll delve into the returning characters first. I think Dr. Serizawa had the best character resolution to his arc; it was fantastic. Without giving much away, Dr. Vivienne Graham (Mary Brown) will be missed :(. Admiral William Stenz makes a return, and it was "out of nowhere," which I'll get to later. As for the new characters, I think the Russell family dynamic in this film is a compelling one. Some people may have issue with Emma Russell as an antagonist, but she's NOT villainous. She is caught between her loyalty to the eco-terrorists' plot and her role as a mother. If anything, the film's human villain is Alan Jonah played by Charles Dance (his titan counterpart would be King Ghidorah). Mark and Madison Russell do their parts well (their titan counterpart would be Godzilla). Dr. Ilene Chen is a welcome addition (her titan counterpart would be Mothra). Rick Stanton's comedic dialogue may throw some people off, but he wasn't a line dispenser all the time. Plus, Stanton and Chen's back and forth dialogue on is worth noting.
The fights are much better than they were back in 2014. Back then, Gareth Edwards made the bold move to cut to the aftermath, which did spark the debate of how much a monster's screen time in a movie is enough in order to be sufficient. LegendaryGoji in 2014 had roughly the same amount of time on still as did ShodaiGoji in 1954, if not more. So, I think people have confused cutaways with screen time, which are two different things. On one side, people can appreciate this move because it means you're not looking at a CGI model long enough to notice how not real it is, which is a criticism that I've heard for Pacific Rim and Transformers, so an argument for "less is more" can be made here; additionally, it gives the CGI animators less daunting work to do as animating a CGI model in a scene is not as simple and cheap as people think. Especially when compared to practical effects like suits and puppets. On the other side, people can find these cutaways annoying as it diverts them away from the action, so they feel as though they are missing out on the monsters when it cuts away to the human cast.
Well, in KOTM, the fights don't cut to the aftermath. The cutaways this time are short and always return to the action, so it feels as though we are not missing out on the action. The people who fundamentally find the cutaways annoying are going to be the "Just Here for Godzilla" crowd. The crowd that doesn't care about the human cast and just shrug off the writing and storytelling of the characters rather than assessing them. If you get enjoyment out of the human cast and their writing, like I did, then the cutaways will have little to no effect on the enjoyment you get from the monster action. If you don't, then you'll find that the cutaways are obstructive and annoying, and you may even write off the human characters as annoying as well. I understand both sides of this topic because they are equally valid perspectives, but they are not the objective truth. A cutaway is a cutaway. It is an interruption of a scene with the insertion of another scene, generally related to the original. The interruption is usually quick, and is ended by a return to the original scene. Should the movie have been done this way, well, ask Michael Dougherty that the next time you meet him. To say that 2014 and KOTM are bad movies because of the cutaways is childish.
As for the supposed "awful writing" criticism, I don't see that anywhere. By definition, good writing adheres to rules, bad writing forgets them. This is monumentally simple. KOTM doesn't have any glaring plot holes or inconsistencies. It's human characters are well-rounded. If anything, the humor may set some people off, which is subjective. Objectively, the only writing issues I can find are when that one guy ejects and lands in Rodan's mouth (for laughs) and, the one I can fairly say I take issue with, the use of the Oxygen Destroyer bomb. Speaking of which, the Oxygen Destroyer is utilized for the first time in this series, and it comes out of nowhere. I think what could have fixed this issue would be to have William Stenz stand before the US government and promise the use of a powerful weapon in case Godzilla attacks. That would have built up the Oxygen Destroyer bomb so it doesn't seem out of nowhere. As for the supposed misanthropic theme of "humans deserve to be extinct" shoved down people's throats, no. The theme of KOTM is coexistence.
So, all in all, Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019) is an awesome movie. It may have been a box office disappointment thanks to Avengers Endgame and Aladdin, but it made great sales with the Blu Ray and DVD home release. Either way, as Mark Hamill once put it, a film's quality is not determined by how much money it makes. Screw the controversial noise coming from the critics who know nothing when it comes to Godzilla and Kaiju-eiga. Then again, the controversy surrounding this film is insignificant compared to the controversy surrounding Marvel, DC, Star Wars, ect. And I would rather keep it that way. This was a film made by a Godzilla fan for Godzilla fans, and I'm glad to see new fans coming into the fold thanks to this new film.
"As always, stay big G-fans." - Chris Kaizen (GojiFan1993)
As a Godzilla and King Kong fan, this was a fun movie to watch. I really like the character interaction between the Rock's character and George. It was really heartwarming; that may be due to me being also an animal lover. And the monster action was really cool. Some parts of this movie were silly, but not too silly to the point of being detrimental.
This movie has the most dinosaurs in it than any Jurassic film, but that and Ian Malcolm shouldn't be the deciding factor that makes this movie good. The story is reminiscent of the Jurassic Park comics, the ones with the wackiest plot lines, but this film's writing takes the cake. Why would an iPad opening the Mosasaur's pen getting crushed stop in progress? Why is the Mosasaur's pen even connected to the ocean when it wasn't in the past movie? Wouldn't Owen be dead if he was so close to that lava, let alone the pyroclastic flow? Why would the bad guys reveal themselves so early? Wouldn't it make sense to figure out they were going to sell dinosaurs on the black market much later on? Why would dinosaurs be sold as weapons? They would suck in modern warfare. Why would Lockwood tell the baddie to turn himself in? That's just silly. How come the carnivore dinosaurs don't start attacking the other dinosaurs when they're all together in the same room? In addition, the scene with Macy playing hide and seek shouldn't have had music, it was so they could have a jumpscare. A jumpscare. I would have liked it a little better if the Carnotaurus had the sfx used in Disney's Dinosaur.