Godzilla: King of the Monsters

audience Reviews

, 83% Audience Score
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" despite a somewhat weak story, is a visual masterpiece that ups the action and performances compared tp the first movie and this makes it slightly better than the original.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    This movie is a great movie never mind the critics all they care about is story but never mind that this movie has the most epic monster battles of all time I also love this movie because it got me through a tough time my grandmother had just passed and I was changing schools so these events were really hard on me but I kept going and when we finally watched it I loved it please take my word for it, it is great and thank you so much Michael Doherty for making this amazing film
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    Coming five years after Legendary Pictures 2014 reboot, Godzilla: King of the Monsters was sold as everything fanboys had been waiting for: the ultimate showdown between Godzilla and archenemy King Ghidorah, with Mothra and Rodan added to the mix. All of Toho's mightiest titans would clash in an extinction level brawl. It was going to be awesome. Or so we thought. What we ended up with instead was something of a mixed bag. Overall, the dark and somber mood is fitting, given the massive destruction and repeated warnings that humanity is facing extinction. The original 1954 Godzilla was dead serious and often deeply somber. That said, there are times when things are a bit too dark and humorless. More seriously much of the film is far too slow, with too little of Godzilla and the other monsters. Instead, most of the time and focus is put on the human characters and their struggles, leaving the monsters largely in the background, except when the humans are fighting or running from them. This is one of the main criticisms that was leveled against the 2014 reboot. Then it was less of an issue, because that film was essentially a disaster movie in which the monsters were presented as forces of nature, much like an earthquake or a hurricane, and the story about was ordinary people struggling to survive their destruction. And we did see a fair amount of Godzilla and the MUTOs rampage, even if actual monster battles didn't come until the end. But here, in a movie explicitly sold as a showdown between Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, pushing their rampages to the background is the worst approach to take. That isn't to say it's all bad. This movie does manage to avoid the main story issue that many of the classic Toho films had, which was their difficulty making the human characters and their subplots connect to the monster action or have any real significance in the grand scheme of things. King of the Monsters takes the opposite approach. The characters here are soldiers, scientists, and eco-terrorists, who spend the movie fighting, chasing, and trying to contain or control the monsters, while battling each other. More than once the outcome the fate of the world literally depends on the hero's success. Plot wise, there are also a lot of good ideas here, many of them taken from previous Godzilla films. The problem is that filmmakers decided to stuff in too many of them, resulting in an overly cluttered plot and, because most of these ideas revolve around Monarch's activities and inner working, too much time spent focused on the humans, to the detriment of the monster action. I feel like this might have worked in a limited series, but for a two-hour movie it just slows things down too much. That said, what monster action is featured is quite good. I particularly enjoyed King Ghidorah's cataclysmic awakening scene, which is highly suspenseful and includes some of the movie's best effects. Ghidorah and Godzilla's early skirmishes are all too brief, but the final battle is a real treat. Mothra's fight scene is also impressive, although briefer than it should be. There are also some very good shootouts and aerial combat sequences, and the visual effects are excellent throughout. The monster designs are very good as well. Godzilla appears much as he did in the previous film, but with more prominent dorsal spines and claws, which is a definite plus in my books. Rodan's design, which incorporates volcanic elements and fire effects, may be the best yet, and Ghidorah is at his most powerful and menacing. Mothra is the one monster who's design I'm a bit ambivalent about. They've chosen to blend the classic design with features based on various species of actual months, such as longer legs and more angular, swept back wings. The results are interesting, and more threatening, but I still prefer the classic Toho design. It's not surprising that reception has been largely positive among long time Godzilla fanboys, and less demanding viewers just looking for a big, dumb action movie will probably get their money's worth. The effects and action scenes are great, and it isn't nearly as boring as some have said. But this still feels like a missed opportunity overall. It's too slow, too complicated, and rarely as fun as a kaiju movie should be. There's just not enough monster action, and it takes too long to get to the good parts. We can only hope that Legendary Pictures has learned its lessons from KotM's underwhelming box office, and that Godzilla vs. Kong will have tighter pacing and more screentime for its real stars.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Little choppy here and there. Story is meh. BUT DAMMIT! THE MONSTER FIGHTS ARE EPIC AS PISS
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    The plot was a dumb as it gets. It was a waste of 2 hours of my time.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    Yikes this was baaaaaaaad. like reallly bad it took me TWO sittings to finish this. I watched this on my 140" 3D projector so I can usually get some sort of big screen enjoyment out of these big dumb movies but all the monster action was hidden behind the perspective of our atrocious human characters commentating on the fight and reacting to every single thing. it was really cringey and hard to finish. If I had paid to see this in the theater I would probably have walked out.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    no primeiro filme do godzilla 2014 demorava 1 milhão de anos pro godzilla aparecer, mas pelo menos dava pra enxegar todos os monstros, no godzilla 2 não da para enxergar nada e tem muitos problemas humanos nesse filme
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    BAAAM Best Monster movie EVEEER! This is me and my boys favorite. It's an ultimate monster movie but it came out at a time when no one cared about monster movies. It really is surprising, it's got piles of action and even got some plot in there, and it was good plot too. MAX STARS!
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    The storyline is a train wreck. No one cares as the plot moves along. We are simply waiting for the monster-fest and battles scenes. If you try to patiently let the plot stumble on, you'll be disappointed. Turn your brain off and fast-forward to the battle sequences and you'll have fun. Oh yeah, one more thing that irritates me. Godzilla can "stand up" in the ocean, but then he immediately dives down into the vast water, which is obviously much deeper. How is doing this? Levitation? LOL, so stupid.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Esse filme do Godzilla teve um upgrade grande desde o último, melhorou o tempo de tela do Godzilla e colocou mais monstros, ficou muito bom. Mais relacionamento familiar que ninguém liga só pra dar pelo menos uma historinha pro filme.