The Titans have risen.
Godzilla II: King of Monsters is a semi-direct follow on from the previous ‘Godzilla’ in 2014 we are taken in to a changed world as we know it. A world with destruction, monsters and differing factions who want to harness the Titan beasts for their own objectives.
A broken family sees a young teenage girl, Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) living with her mother Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga), who is a paleobiologist studying the monster species with the intention of working out a way for humans and Titans can co-exist.
However Dr. Emma Russell and her daughter are kidnapped by a military group wanting the Titans and Emma’s tech that she developed which enables her to communicate with the mega sized behemoths.
Meanwhile Emma’s husband who she had separated from Dr. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler) is more inclined to have the Titans wiped out, seeing them as a threat to all mankind.
Godzilla and the other Titans are awoken, but what no one had predicted (or knew existed) was a three headed Dragon called Ghidorah.
What is also discovered is that the titans purpose on this planet is to retain a natural order. They will awaken if Earth is in trouble. And it is.
However Ghidorah is not a part of this balance, the seemingly indestructible dragon is something else entirely.
Godzilla II: King of Monsters did a few things right however failed to get a coherent story across. Trying to relate to the lead characters and the family dynamic was also difficult.
The film’s path is erratic and easily the audience can get lost in what is going on and why.
As a film hungry civilisation, we have become sanitised to CGI effects in films – we infact expect it and glaze over it. the modelling and animation of Ghidorah was a stand-out. You will take notice of the three headed beast – but not for a good reason.
While I have much love for the Godzilla franchise and really enjoyed the 2014 offering aswell as the late 90s Matthew Broderick films, I could only recommend Godzilla II: King of the Monsters to the real serious die-hard fans out there.
Running Time: 132 MIN
Genre: Action, SciFi
Director: Michael Dougherty
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O'Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi
Production Studio: Legendary Pictures
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures