Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

MICHAEL DOUGHERTY

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5USA/, 2019, , , . Story by , , , Screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields.  Cinematography by Produced by , , , , Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by , ,

It’s been five years since the big lizard ate San Francisco, and humans are now mired in a controversial argument about what to do about the fact that they are sharing the planet with giant monsters. Most of these titans are hibernating below the surface, but one scientist () has actually engineered the awakening of the awe-inspiring Mothra, while the Monarch corporation is trying to convince the government to allow them to find a way to integrate fire-breathing, winged creatures into our every day human life. When Farmiga and her daughter () are kidnapped by an eco-terrorist who wants to free the creatures (played with uninspired villainy by ), her ex-husband () joins a team of Monarch scientists and soldiers (some of whom are returning from the previous film, like and ) to help save her and prevent worldwide destruction. We the audience, of course, have paid money for our ticket, so we need the giant hydra to get loose in order to make this movie worth our time, which brings Godzilla back from the depths to play the anti-hero.  As fun as this sounds, and as good as the visual effects are (a vast improvement on both the first film and Kong: Skull Island), Godzilla’s conflicts with his enemies all take place, like last time, on dark, rainy nights that make it hard to see what’s going on; combine that with the fact that none of the actors are having a good time and are all giving such dreary performances and you have a movie that, despite being about big lizards and dragons, refuses to have any fun.

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