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Friday
May312019

MOVIE REVIEWS 

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3

 

 

BRIGHTBURN

 

 

GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS

 

This version of Godzilla look like(reminds me) what would happen if Minoru Suzuki were turned into a Kaiju.  

 

REVIEW & THOUGHTS:

 

Currently the film has a 39% Critic Score but an 87% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes(if you care about that stuff).  I have seen several critic reviews and while I understand their problems with the film I disagree with what most of what they feel are flaws for the film.  

 

Q:  What type of film were you expecting?  If you want a little comedy good acting and awesome monster battles then I figure you’ll be happy with this movie.

 

Q:  Do you want the opposite of the 2014 film or more of the same?

The main criticism for the 2014 film was there wasn’t enough monster action (Godzilla in particular).  The main criticism for the 2019 film?  Too much.  I think there is just enough.  If the film had less monster time but more time focus on the humans then that would be overkill.  Every monster film needs to have humans in it in order for it to have some weight.  But too much of them makes the film unbalanced and defeats the main purpose of a monster film.

 

I think there is some real good acting in the film.  While I feel the villains plan is a bit mad I understand their/his/hers motivation.  Giving Ken Watanabe more to do in this film was a good decision.  He does great with more to do.  The acting in general I feel is better in this film than the 2014 one.  I had my suspicions on to why but after seeing Godzilla 2014’s Director Gareth Edwards follow up “Star Wars: Rogue One” I feel he’s more to blame on that.

 

The action was really good in this one.  An issue I had with the 2014 film was Godzilla kept playing peek a boo.  In 2014 whenever he’d(Godzilla) would appear just as he’s about to do something the director would cut to another scene and we wouldn’t see him again for awhile.  I understand that this was done to increase the anticipation for when we see Godzilla actually do something but it came off as more frustrating than anything else.  I started thinking on whether or not he could shoot action or not.

 

After I saw the film I decided to watch a review by Chris Stuckman.  He didn’t like the film but what I found interesting though was near the end he said “Godzilla King of the Monsters” was Dean Devlin-ish.  He thought there were parts that where like the 1998 “Godzilla”(directed by Roland Emmerich and produced by Devlin).  

 

I disagree.  GKOTM is better and isn’t a slap in the face that the 1998 film was.  Emmerich and Devlin were paid to make a Godzilla movie but didn’t want to make a Godzilla movie and then didn’t.  They found the concept of a monster film silly and didn’t want to have to monsters fighting it out.  You know THE ENTIRE POINT OF A MONSTER MOVIE!!!

 

For a Godzilla film to work there needs to be:  1. a human element but not too much.  2.  A good amount of monster and monster action.  The film has to feel that there is a natural disaster going on.  Or an end of the world scenario.  The audience should see Godzilla(and Mothra on occasion) as a chaotic good.  There should be a sense of awe and fear when we experience the monsters and Godzilla in particular.  

 

This film had all of those things and that’s why I think this is a really good movie.

 

RECOMMEND: 4/5  stars

 

Random Thoughts During the Movie:

 

1.  Vera Farming’s character apparently went bonkers after the 2014 Godzilla film.

 

2.  That moment when try realize that “The Secret Life of Pets 2” will make more than “Godzilla King of the Monsters”. Hell “Dark Phoenix” might make more.

 

3.  Great Monster Fights!  The only thing missing is a gravity defining drop kick by Godzilla.

 

4.  The villains plan in the film is bonkers but is it any worse than previous Godzilla movies(especially the 1970’s where most of the time the villains are aliens that either want to take over Earth of destroy Japan)like the one time future humans time traveled to prevent Godzilla from ever happen but in turn creates Ghidora in order to destroy Japan!

 

5.  Mentions of “Skull Island” and Kong pop up just to let you know that he exists.  It comes off as “See, we mentioned him, get it?  DO YOU GET IT?!

 

6.  Based on the film the real villain is…MAN!!!  Or rather…WOMAN!!!  (Spoiler)

 

7.   The villains plan is nuts.  In order to save the world we must DESTROY IT!  Did they graduate from the Ras Al Ghul school of villainy?  

 

8.  I did like that the filmmakers didn’t have the villains the only cause for the titans wakening(another example they didn’t awaken Godzilla and the 2 muto's from 2014)

 

9.  The “Monster Zero” reference made me happy(along with the “Oxygen Destroyer”).

 

10. I’m glad Ghidora’s origin here is the same as previous films.  He’s a 3 headed golden planet destroying space dragon(Unlike in Godzilla vs Ghidora).  His origin is still vague and that’s probably the best way to go. 

 

11.  This is the best soundtrack I’ve heard in years.  It respectively updates the monsters theme(Godzilla’s is possibly better than the original(I need to listen to it a few more hundred times to make sure)).  Also at the end of the film they play a new version of “Go, Go Godzilla” and the original Godzilla theme by Akira Ifukube.  

 

12. Based off the end of the film(end credits scene) Titans may go away for YEARS but never truly die.

 

13.  I really like how the titans(the surviving ones anyway anyway) react to Godzilla which makes me think even more that this version was really based off of Minoru Suzuki!  He is the King of the Monsters after all.

 

14. Per the credits I guess the villains were proven correct.  The world get’s better with the titans around.

 

15.  Before seeing the film I thought the plot was going to be that various countries were going to us the titans as there own personal weapons.  Pretty much like the Jinchuriki in Naruto(until chapter #699 anyway). 

 

16. Per the filmmakers Kong will have a chance against Godzilla in the 2020 film because he will be WAY bigger than he was in “Kong Skull Island”.  I figure he will also have a chance since he’s faster and uses weapons.  I do wonder if he will be able to channel Electricity(Godzilla’s weakness) like in past films.

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