Movie Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

godzilla-2019My youngest son and I went to see the newest Godzilla movie last night. He’s a big fan, and it’s become a bit of a tradition for us to go see the newest fantasy action movies together at the theater when they come out (Godzilla, Spiderman, etc.).  In the course of satisfying his addition, he’s turned me into a fan, too.

I went to the Godzilla movie in 2014 with an open mind, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed myself. Yes, I remember the old black and white Japanese Godzilla movies on the television when I was a kid. My son reminds me now that they were from 1954 and 1955. I would have been 5 and 6 when those came out so they were likely being rerun on weekends when I was little. My son does have the 1954 movie on DVD.

godzilla-2014Godzilla: King of the Monsters takes up where Godzilla (2014) left off. I thought the characters from G:KOTM were in the 2014 flick, but my son said they were not. It’s just implied they were there the last go-round. They made it seem an awful lot like they were in the 2014 movie – so much so, I bought into the premise. 

The movie focuses on a family – a husband and wife scientist team who split up when they lost a child during the original Godzilla battle in San Francisco. The mother has decided to recreate the ORCA – a project she and her husband worked on during their college years. It is a dangerous computer type program that creates a resonance that will call in all the monsters when it is activated. If it is dialed up incorrectly, it aggravates the monsters instead of soothing them.

Mom, in her do-good-save-the-world ignorance unleashes destruction and terror on the world and jeopardizes her remaining child, her daughter. Dad, who’s taken to tracking wolves in the wild, is called in to help when Mom and daughter are kidnapped by bad guys. Dad has a real grudge against Godzilla and wants him dead. He blames him for the loss of his son in 2014. Dad ends up working with Monarch, the agency that oversees all the monsters.  Godzilla has been presumed dead since 2014, but he’s reawakened and brought in to “help”.

This was a good fantasy action movie and well worth a watch if this type of movie is your thing. It’s action-packed and fast-paced. It has lots of monster fights and good guys and bad guys (good vs. evil). People die, but it’s not overly violent or gory (the previews we saw before the movie were worse). It’s cheesy in places and pretty far-fetched in others, but it has a positive outcome (good triumphs over evil).

Overall, it was a good escape for two hours, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I recommend it.

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