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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

June 6th, 2019 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

Count me in as someone who loved GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. I’m so glad I went to see it on the big screen so I could fully get lost inside its whirlpool of mayhem.  There are images in this movie that are so beautiful as if they were religious paintings come to life, and there are moments of true awe that hit like (literal) lightning strikes. My peepers really got a workout and I left the theater feeling like I just experienced a heartwarming reunion with childhood friends. Man, I love them monsters! Godzilla is like a big misunderstood doggy, Ghidora is a devilish badass, Rodan is a mischievous opportunist and Mothra is the sweetest angel who ever lived. It’s as if the quirky denizens of Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood became quarrelsome giants who spit fire and topple buildings. The movie is over two hours long but I kind of wanted to stay forever (even if just to bask in BEAR McCREARY’s incredible score that weaves in past themes (especially good old Mothra’s signature tune) in a gorgeous way).

Of course you do have to suffer through a dozen or so human characters making plans and pointing at computer screens but I’m happy to say I found the normies reasonably compelling and sometimes moving too. I’d probably jump in front of a flying bullet for VERA FARMIGA at this point (she’s nearly up there in the JAMIE LEE CURTIS/SIGOURNEY WEAVER zone now). FARMIGA plays Dr. Emma Russell whose family is dealing with the loss of a child and while ex-hubby Mark (KYLE CHANDLER) and daughter, Madison (STRANGER THING’s MILLIE BOBBY BROWN in her big screen Kristy McNichol-esque debut) are grieving in constructive ways, Dr. Russell has taken the route of toxic self-destruction to a new, global level. There’s a scene of her speeding a vehicle forward with a snarling three-headed Ghidorah snipping at her heals that blew me away as an illustration of a wounded person desperately trying to outrace their inner demons. Her motives are completely insane and I so totally understood them.

It’s crazy that a summer blockbuster stuffed to the gills with disaster and mass destruction could also shine with unabashed adoring love but thanks to director MICHAEL DOUGHERTY (he of the instant classics TRICK ‘R TREAT and KRAMPUS) here we are. There’s so much in this film about how humans interact with nature and creatures that we aren’t capable of fully understanding that really resonated with me. There are several moments when we get to finally feel for Godzilla in a way that I think has always eluded filmmakers before. In one instance returning character, Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (KEN WATANABE) gets to look Godzilla straight in the eye and thank him for what he has meant to him and geez, it’s so lovely.

I’m a little stunned that GODZILLA: KING OF MONSTERS is getting mixed reviews as it offers more than a few sights, sounds and experiences that can not be experienced anywhere else. I’ve enjoyed the previous films in this current franchise (GODZILLA 2014, KONG: SKULL ISLAND) a great deal too but this is the first one that really hit me down deep in the heart. My only complaint is that after seeing the film the title smacks a little of moth erasure. Behind every good lizard is a great moth! Man, I’m so in love with Mothra that the next time I find a hole in my sweater I’m just going to shrug my shoulders and let it go.

Tags: General Horror




4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JennyD13No Gravatar // Jun 6, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Oh my gosh, I loved this movie too! Myself, my husband, and my brother went to see it in imax and we are planning on going back to watch it in 3D. I found that they somewhat listened to the fans and there was not so much of the humans in this as the first one, and I think that’s was disappointed the critics for some reason.

    Mothra was Bad. Ass. All hail the Queen.

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jun 7, 2019 at 11:00 am

    JennyD13,

    I want to see it again too! I can’t stop thinking about it. Maybe I should try the 3-D version as well. I keep thinking my eyes must have missed something because there was so much going on. I gotta see Mothra again!

  • 3 MonoStereoNo Gravatar // Jun 9, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I enjoyed the 2014 “Godzilla” & “Kong : Skull Island” quite a bit, but I have to admit seeing some of the reviews of “KOTM” I was thinking “Eh…maybe I’ll just pick up the Blu-Ray on Black Friday when it’ll inevitably be $5.99. BUT – after reading this review, I decided to get off my ass & get down to the Alamo to check “KOTM”
    on the big screen. And I had a GREAT time! My review would be very similar to yours, so thanks for posting it, inspiring me to go, & saving me the time of writing my own! Ha ha…

  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jun 9, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    MonoStereo, that makes my day! So glad you went to see it on the big screen! It’s really magnificent. I’m still confused by the lukewarm reviews. There’s nothing like it.

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