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.
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe.
Robert Downey Jr.,
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM. - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.
In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.
A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake as it strides into New York City. To stop it, an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face 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. When these ancient superspecies, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.
Michael Dougherty said the idea that this film would sort of establish the notion that Monarch has found a lot of these creatures hibernating under the planet. "That after the events of 2014 and their studies on Skull Island, Monarch smartly realized that the Earth was littered with these hibernating beasts and had become very good at locating them, thankfully before they woke up. Something I love about the original Toho movies is that's what exists. Those movies essentially are saying that we live in a world populated by sleeping monsters underneath our feet. So that was my way of teeing up that ticking time bomb. For a little while it was up in the air as to whether or not we'd be able to license some additional Toho creatures to fill out those brackets. Lo and behold, Toho is very smart. They're great at business and they put a price tag on every single one of their creatures. If you want to license King Caesar or Mechagodzilla or any of them, you've got to pay up. They've got a fee. So, ultimately, we chose, at least for the new creatures that we're depicting on screen, to add new and original creatures. Again, that falls in line with the long tradition of Toho monster movies. They're always adding new monsters as part of the appeal. Every movie is going to introduce a new opponent for [Godzilla] to face. So it was a privilege to kind of get to exercise those muscles and take off the shackles and design new creatures that would still feel at home with the existing roster of monsters. The one you described as a mammoth is called Behemoth and he's one of the few other mammals. It was important to me that we add a mammal to the mix because so many of the other Toho creatures tend to be reptiles, insects or some sort of hybrid of the two. I wanted a good companion mammal for Kong, and I've been fascinated with ice age wildlife for a very long time, and woolly mammoths in particular, but I didn't want to just make it a literal giant mammoth. If you actually study his anatomy, you'll see that he's sort of a hybrid of mammoth, a giant sloth and even some primate features". See more »
At one point, Maddie runs from Fenway all the way to the northeast end of the Boston Common in less time than it would take a professional marathoner. See more »
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa:
Killing them would be a mistake. They'll return because of us. It was our atomic testing that awoke Gojira. Other creatures like the MUTOs. From strip-mining and seismic surveys. But these are not MONSTERS! They are animals, rising to reclaim a world that was once theirs!
It almost sounds like you're protecting them, Dr. Serizawa. As if you admire them.
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa:
I admire all forms of life.
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa:
Except us. If we hope to survive, we must find ways to coexist WITH TITANS. With - Gojira.
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The Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures logos appear in a Babylonian carving of monsters.
During their appearance, Godzilla's stomping and roar is heard. See more »
Do you like loud booms? Do you like big visual spectacles? Godzilla certainly delivers an audio and visual treat that can't go unnoticed, but there are elements of the film that stand out for all the wrong reasons.
I've seen a large number of 10/10 reviews for this film and although I can appreciate the that the film certainly delivers on the titan battles, and the Godzilla on-screen time moments, the general takeaway from the film is somewhat of a 'meh' feeling purely due to what happens between those giant fighting spectacles. The pacing of the film is somewhat fast, which of course isn't necessarily a bad thing when we all know that the real meat of the film lies in the main event. I would have really liked the film to have slowed down to explore the unique moral issues that they had decided to feature, but again I understand that this is mainly monster film and such exploration of themes isn't crucial to the film.
The human characters mostly all fall flat, with the main father character being especially cringe worthy. A lot of the 'experts' in the film (the scientists, military personnel) have been given comedic traits which often results in jokes that are completely out of place and consequently devoid of all humor. For example, during one point in the film they're talking about the name of an ancient creature which is pretty significant, and due to not being able to understand the scientists accent, one of the comedic characters interprets the name as gonorrhea... Now I understand that this is meant to be a film about giant monsters, but the performances provided by the human cast really are painful at times.
Leaving the mostly terrible human cast issue aside, I have to give credit where credit is due, and that is in regards to the CGI, VFX, and audio work. Although the CGI isn't drastically different from the 2014 film, where it is noticeable is when the live footage of the humans is interwoven with the monsters trampling above them. It really was impressive to see the actors in the same scene as the monsters, with debris flying, and not really being able to tell that it's all CGI...but that just may be the inner nerd paying too much attention to the details.
The audio is really fantastic in terms of the sound effects and the overall mixing. The roars are loud, and the general sound of destruction has depth and impact. What's nice is that there are a few moments of silence, and some choir-esque soundtracks to lift up bring life and meaning to some scenes.
I suppose my main issue with this film is tied to my initial expectations. The trailers showed Something quite poetic and moving with its dramatic soundtrack and beautiful artistic aesthetic in terms of how the monsters were portrayed, but what you get is more of a generic monster movie, with some promising moments that never quite deliver anything meaningful or new.
In general an excellent monster movie which deserves 7 stars for its visual and audio effects alone, but sadly nothing new or inspiring to write home about.
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