Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Review: "Godzilla: King of Monsters" is the king of monster movies

Godzilla: King of Monsters" Review

I get the biggest kick out of people who put so much energy toward analyzing a tomato meter and using it to decide if they like a movie or not. I mean, even though there are some critics I read faithfully and trust dearly, I still feel I have to give every movie a shot myself. I have never said to myself, "well so and so doesn't like it, so it won't be for me." Most critics use some kind of hivemind and will repeat the same titles like a mantra. I could care less about all that. I started this blog due to my passion towards movies, and that has fueled this blog ever since. 

Here's my dirty little secret. I don't care what a critic says about a movie. Just like I don't care how much money a movie makes. Those things don't stop me from loving the movies I love, and I sure hope its the same for you. The average critic will look at a movie like "Godzilla: King of Monsters" and write it off right away. It has big monsters, its CGI-ridden, the storyline is goofy. The average critic should know better. Its a Godzilla movie. I wasn't expecting an award-worthy screenplay. I wasn't expecting a thought-provoking story. You go to a movie like "Godzilla: King of Monsters" to watch some giant monster mayhem. That's the experience, that's what this new movie delivers. If you went to see "Godzilla: King of Monsters" expecting anything more, that is on you, not the movie.

Let's discuss what's important here. Some critics have complained that the monster fights are too dark in places. I say no, I could follow them just fine. Even when they take place at night there is an urgency to them, the use of the dark environment that allows you to really get into the fights. This isn't like the Long Night episode of "Game of Thrones" that recently aired. The monster fights scenes are so epically grand, that you will have to hold your head onto your body to make sure it doesn't spin off. They are tremendously made, and your eyeballs will thank you for all the pieces of candy they'll be eating.

I am sure when critics write about how bad this movie is, they are talking about the human plot. You don't watch a "Godzilla" movie for the human story. There's eco-terrorists trying to set monsters free, a government group trying to keep them alive and a father just trying to make it. Sometimes its hard to figure out who is on whose side. Sometimes its hard to read what the motives of the characters truly are. The human story is filled with actors like Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farminga, Kyle Chandler, Ken Wantanabe, O'Shea Jackson Jr. and they all do fine. Charles Dance shows up as a human villain who might as well have a mustache to twirl. The actors give it their all and they remember to have fun.

Depending on what type of movie fan you are, this will either be for you or it won't be. Some people love some good old fashioned monster mayhem in the summertime and others do not. Its up to you, just don't blame the movie for your problems.

FINAL GRADE: B+

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