Cast: Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang
Director: Michael Dougherty
Rating * * *
Themes of bravery, courage, self sacrifice, a star ensemble cast and some iconic monsters make Godzilla: King of the Monsters, ekdum paisa vasool! This is the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, starring the titular giant lizard and this time around, there is a battery of other massive monsters, notably a tri-headed fire snorting Hydra called Ghidorah, which the folks at Game of Thrones would have loved.
Interestingly, GoT stalwart Charles Dance makes an appearance here as an eco-terrorist named Col Jonah Alan who wants to unleash the monsters on the hapless populace. Why? Al la Thanos from the final instalment of The Avengers, to restore the cosmic balance. But why? Because Jonah and some other not quite mad scientists believe the monsters will reverse the damage climate change and humans have wreaked on planet earth.
Naturally, destruction occurs on a zabardast scale as the monsters wipe out cities and their hapless inhabitants. This important factor though is not disclosed to young Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) by her scientist mother Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) even as she goes on and on in an expository scene, that the earth will become uninhabitable but maybe, the monsters reawakening in its bowels will bring about rejuvenation.
Vera’s hubby Mark (played by Kyle Chandler) is eager to slay the monsters, but as we see, wifey believes the creatures are crucial to restoring the earth’s natural balance. Expect some thrilling monster fights in the CGI enhanced narrative, and be dazzled by radioactive flashes on-screen, which make it hard to see which is fighting what. Applaud the titular monster anyway!