I just saw Godzilla: King of the Monsters a second time!
And I just realized I never left a proper review.
Lets put it this way: I initially said it was the best 60s Godzilla Movie ever made. I think that holds completely true.
This took a pounding by the critics, but as often is the case, this isnt a film made for critics. The movie has 100% Godzilla Movie logic. There are million year old undersea civilizations, Godzilla gets an anime power up by another monster dying, King Ghidorah has magic regeneration powers, and the Kaiju all follow the orders of an Alpha.
Does that make sense? No. Does it matter? No. Is it bad ass? YES.
This movie delivers monster sized action in spades, both from a human-on-the-ground point of view and from the epic scale of giant ancient gods duking it out. Kaiju literally change the weather as they make their way across the world, and they are bigger than life.
Further, all the main monsters have shown and distinct personalities - even each of King Ghidorahs heads has its own thing going. Rodan is a rambunctious coward, Mothra is protective and kind (even her rampage doesnt hurt anyone), and Godzilla is King. I couldnt ask for more.
More than anything, this film was made by a true Godzilla fan. From the original cries and themes of the monsters to dozens of clever easter eggs, this film is a true joy for a Godzilla Fan like me to experience.
Further, unlike every other kaiju film, the set pieces come fast and furious - the only slow point is the exploration of the underwater temple. This movie is all the epic and scale of a giant monster bash Ive ever wanted, and is definitely in my top 5 Kaiju films.
I cannot wait for Godzilla vs Kong.
Well the Skullcrawlers were good for their environment. Even if that had been reduced to....Kong in the end. Ahh well.
As for this movie, I would've loved to have seen San Francisco and Las Vegas post-Godzilla more in order to back up the claim that the radiation leaking off of Godzilla and the MUTOs was good at bringing back plant life. Otherwise, I think Emma and Jonah were off their rocker thinking that the Titans were good for humanity. Did love how they kept Ghidorah's off planet origins and basically made Larry, Curley and Moe just as brutal as they should be.
Ironbite-now about that head that's still out there....
Emmas rant showed images of exactly that, as did the credit sequence.