All things monster related were just wonderful. Godzilla, Ghidorah, and Rodan all looked great and Mothra was truly a sight to behold. I have long advocated for the old cheesy rubber suits over CGI laden attempts at realism but I finally relent now. They did all of the big 4 justice with the designs, their body movements, power displays, the whole nine.
When it comes to these movies getting the monsters right and giving them enough screen time are the most important things. Nobody outside of movie critics wants to see an hour and 45 minutes of people talking and 15 minutes of monsters. Thankfully they did not do that here. We got fights, we got wanton destruction of property, we got fire breath and lightning breath and Rodan vs the Air Force and lots of stuff blown up real good.
We also got a kickass theme song in the closing credits. Normally I don’t care about that but this time it actually added something to the experience.
The people were mostly collection of stupid people doing stupid things. From the in over their heads scientists at Monarch to the entire cadre of villains there was just one head scratcher after another, to the point where I kept thinking to myself
I mean the Mom is so distraught over losing one of her children that she joins up with the eco terrorists, and then doesn’t even tell them that her grand plan is to let the monsters loose so they can cleanse the planet of a lot of us in order to save it? Ok…..I guess. And that’s after Monarch has been allowed to exist and operate all over the world with minimal oversight from Congress or any other government, but now is being threatened with a takeover by the military from a few Congresspeople. And finally the Dad’s solution was to just kill them all before they hatched or woke up because yeah that would totally work and not just piss them off. Make it make sense, somebody….
And that’s not even the worst part. This whole family are entirely new characters who are somehow supposed to serve as the emotional backbone of the film. We get zero heads up or backstory about them, just right into it as soon as things start. Now I went in cold without seeing either of the previous two films so I assumed they were holdovers and then I looked it up and found otherwise. That irks me a lot.
This is one of those times where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The monster stuff gets a A, the human stuff gets a C, which means that it averages out to a B. That doesn’t do justice to the visual and aural experience of seeing all these creatures on a big screen. That is just flat out awesome stuff, and not in a forgettable way like say, Avatar.
Despite all my issues with the human stuff, the monster parts are all top notch and thankfully they don’t skimp on them. That’s really what we came here for anyway, not the people. And they more than delivered there. This movie was made for 4k home viewing on a large screen. And because the stuff we actually wanted to see was so good I’m willing to tolerate the stupid people stuff. So I give it a 4/6 (good).
All that being said, if you are a Godzilla movie enthusiast then you’re likely to give this a 5 or 6 out of 6 on my scale. I listened to the 3 Black Geeks review of the film; those guys watch all the Godzilla movies and give this one a 9 out of 10; I recommend giving them a listen.