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I’ve always been a fan of monster movies, especially ones with the giant monsters sometimes referred to as kaiju. So I’m always looking for new movies and even sequels in this subgenre.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (GKotM) has been on my watch wishlist since I first saw the preview during my viewing of Avengers: Endgame. My only regret in watching this one was not getting a chance to see it on the big screen when it was out. There’s definitely some scenes that are made to be seen on the big screen, or even better on the IMAX.
It’s a sequel that’s not a sequel in the traditional sense. There are some characters who carry over from the previous film, but the focus of this one is a family who was tragically affected by the events in San Francisco during the first film. However, if you missed the first one, not to worry, a short catch-up clip is offered to demonstrate that this is the same world, but these are different reactions to the events that happened then.
All the big themes of Godzilla and kaiju movies are here. Mankind (read the military) panics and creates a worse situation for the humans. Scientists, who warned of the dire consequences of military action, pull an amazing solution out of their hind quarters to get things back on track. Cities are destroyed. Military vehicles crash. Humans scramble around on the ground as the big fight monsters duke it out in the big fight scenes.
My only real negative on this movie is I’m not a fan of Serj Tankian version of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla”. (Sorry Serj.) I’m just too much a fan of the original song, but even not caring for the song isn’t enough to make this a bad movie.
If you’re a fan of Godzilla, monster movies, or kaiju, this is one you don’t want to miss. Besides, you can’t go wrong with a movie that has a very promising post-credit scene, credits paying tribute to the creators of Godzilla, and listing Godzilla, Ghidorah, and Rodan in the credits as playing “himself” and Mothra as playing “herself”.
I again request that any comments remain spoiler free.