Godzilla: King of the Monsters

June 10, 2019

You remember that Godzilla cartoon in the 80’s where our heroes had a little button they could use to summon Godzilla whenever they needed some extra big help with a problem? It’s like that. With some G.I. Joe mixed in.

Which means I loved it!!!  So silly! So great! So perfect!

Seriously, there’s a great deal of joy in seeing a movie that knows exactly what it needs to do and delivers exactly what it promises. Which is giant monsters doing battle with each other and destroying cities. Seriously though, I’m not sure how they did it, but the monsters manage to evoke the ridiculousness and awesomeness of the old rubber suit versions while depicting them with hyper-realistic CGI. Rodan in particular seemed like a CGI of a rubber suit version. I know that makes no sense, but we got the best of both worlds, and it was excellent. The twins who always show up with Mothra? I kept waiting to see if they would show up — and the film knew I was going to be waiting for them to show up.  And then they showed up, in kind a of a subtle (I know, right?!) side nod, and it was perfect!

Now this is the part that’s really going to shock you:

There’s a storyline in this that I wish I had come up with first. I’m actually kind of a little bit mad that I didn’t write this first, but I’m also really happy to have seen it on the big screen. Along with giant monsters beating up on each other, this is the story of Maddie, who discovers her mother is a supervillain, and then has to decide what she’s going to do about it. Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things is Maddie and she’s great, fierce and full of wonder and determination.

I wish I had written that story.


3 Responses to “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

  1. David Hack Says:

    Drat and double drat! That little plot line would have been perfect for Golden Age.

    Does not mean you could not push ahead. “Golden Age: Requiem”

  2. Al H. Says:

    Sounds exactly like the old movies I watched [and loved] as a kid. Can’t wait to see it now.
    Also, who says you can’t write that story now.


  3. Jared Moloshok Says:

    So much to gush about with this movie! The fact that Ghidorah’s heads don’t always get along; Bear McCreary’s score using the classic Akira Ifukube and Yuji Koseki themes for Godzilla and Mothra respectively; the aforementioned nod to the Shobijin (which I honestly didn’t see coming, as I assumed that would be part of the Mothra lore that might be too difficult for most Western audiences to swallow). Hell, even the designs for some of the new Titans are pretty nifty — I particularly like the look of Behemoth.

    Looking forward to where they take all of this next year in Godzilla vs. Kong.

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