Movie Plot – Godzilla: King of the Monsters: The cryptozoological agency Monarch takes on several monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who clashes with Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Director: Michael Dougherty
Writers: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, Max Borenstein
Cast: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Charles Dance, Sally Hawkins
Godzilla II: King of the Monsters is an additional film about the great monster Godzilla taking on other colossal monsters. Yet, many consider this a time filler before the ultimate confrontation with Kong.
It is a film that says, “Just a little more patience, please. The big event is really coming. Until then, here are two hours of idle entertainment to satisfy the hunger. To be honest, I did love seeing Godzilla fight the three-headed Ghidorah. We also got to see a lot more Godzilla than in the first film. That was something I was really pleased with, though.
Honestly, if I were working at Warner Bros, I would also want to bring another Godzilla movie as you established a world where there are a lot of legendary beings among them. So, it’s a wise decision to take advantage of that. Is it a cash-grab? Maybe, but I don’t mind if I get to see some excellent fights.
Hurry up to the next action scene!
Indeed, the space offered by such a sequel can sometimes be used for an exciting exploration of the world. Unfortunately, on that front, Godzilla II: King of the Monsters proves to be mostly a mediocre repetition of moves that turns out bigger than its predecessor, but always in an inferior way. This is mainly due to the murderous pace. There is a lot of racing going on, and there is hardly any time to let things sink in. At some point, the main characters discover a sunken realm with hieroglyphics indicating that the huge monsters ruled the world like gods in ancient times. That’s actually pretty interesting when you think about it. Sorry, no time! We have to move on! It goes like that all the time; all kinds of things happen, but nothing really carries weight.
Personally, I don’t mind that approach as I’m watching the movie for the action scenes and not the story. However, I might understand if this takes you out in terms of storytelling. On the other hand, you only should watch these films for the huge monster fights. For example, I don’t watch Pacific Rim for its story, but for the fights.
In that hurried pace, the overview is also often lost. Not so much in the shots themselves, but especially in their alternation. For instance, many scenes lack a simple establishing shot that makes it clear exactly where the action is taking place and how the players involved relate to each other spatially. You often have to rethink your position. Who is actually where? As a result, the visual spectacle often results not in excitement but in confusion and fatigue.
Ready for Kong vs Godzilla
For those who thought that all attempts at a shared film universe without superheroes had died a quiet death by now, Godzilla II: King of the Monsters serves as a reminder that there is still such a thing as the MonsterVerse. This film series began in 2014 with Godzilla, then brought Kong: Skull Island and soon we will get Kong vs. Godzilla.
Yes, I still don’t care about the humans or their story in all of this. They had almost no contribution to the first movie. However, they had a bigger contribution to this one. So, I’m glad they did something with that.
Godzilla: King of the monsters has amazing and amazing fights between giant monsters, epic and spectacular, which everyone was waiting for. If you want to enjoy good monsters and CGI, then this is your movie, go watch it on the best screen. However, don’t watch it for the plot.