Nuclear monster mash falls short
SEEMS not even a giant, radioactive reptile can carry a creature feature on his own any more.
Legendary Entertainment has super-sized the sequel to its 2014 hit with three “new” monsters, all of which originated in the imagination of Godzilla creator Toho.
There’s Rodan, a flying fire demon; King Ghidorah, a three-headed dragon; and, my personal favourite, Mothra, a gigantic imago. Godzilla, too, is turbocharged in King of the Monsters, thanks to a well-targeted nuclear explosion.
Audiences don’t go to a Godzilla movie for the subtleties of the subtext, or the nuances of the human character development.
Writer-director Michael Doughtery’s contribution to the Legendary MonsterVerse gives plenty of bang for its buck – remember, we’re in atom-splitting territory here.
The plot, involving a bunch of extreme ecoterrorists, is as thin as
the Earth’s crust.
Their stated aim in releasing the monsters is to restore the Earth’s natural balance.
But while the scene in which Godzilla belches radiation in his final showdown with Ghiborah is a whole lot of fun, it doesn’t offer a lot of hope for Boston’s post-apocalyptic regeneration.
King of the Monsters is big, dumb and not nearly as much fun as the infinitely superior Kong: Skull Island.
And that doesn’t augur well for their clash in the Godzilla vs Kong.
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: A scene from the movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters.