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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

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Cast

Vera Farmiga – Dr. Emma Russell

Kyle Chandler – Dr. Mark Russell

Millie Bobby Brown – Madison

Bradley Whitford – Dr. Rick Stanton

Sally Hawkins – Dr. Vivienne Graham

Charles Dance – Alan Jonah

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The sub-plot involving the Titans is a brilliant addition to Godzilla’s story. The rising of three mythological creatures means this movie takes a sharp turn into a darker, more terrifying world than that of Godzilla alone. The producers touch upon the beginning of time itself by bringing in Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. And when each god-like monster is unleashed upon the planet the shit really hits the fan..

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The battle scenes between these creatures and the humans are quite epic considering how low-quality the movie feels (let’s face it, it wasn’t exactly the first on people’s lips when discussing new releases). But a lot of effort clearly went into animating the threatening three:
gargantuan flapping wings suffocating the lands around them.
Three fire-spitting heads bouncing around attached to their one body.
A giant snapping beak filled with razor-sharp teeth.
All this action unfolds under a hazy blanket of beautiful colour. The whole screen turns misty for a little while, allowing the viewer to become fully immersed in Godzilla’s fight (so misty you’d be forgiven for thinking the Titans took a brief vape break). The CGI is superb. In fact, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is ideal entertainment for younger viewers; the fast-paced action and continuous sense of adventure is enough to keep them on their toes.

Something about the main story is seriously dull. Farmiga might add that usual mysterious streak to her character and lead the cast into battle, but other than that this movie seems to be just a lot of gun-wielding soldiers pegging it around the Monarch base in the beginning. It’s dark, it’s noisy, and it’s every military scientist’s wet dream.

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The only main element worth watching this movie for is when the Titans surface and attempt to reclaim the planet. The three of them plus Godzilla himself are like pouring petrol on a burning fire – explosive. They certainly kick the humans arse’s, ensuring an action-packed handful of scenes.
Would I buy this on DVD? (yes, I still buy DVD’s). No. This instalment might contain some decent monsters, but the appeal ends there. You’re probably better off watching its clips on YouTube when they are uploaded.

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