Thursday, 13 June 2019

MPOV: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 6.7/10
Released: May 29, 2019
Director: Michael Dougherty
Casts: Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Zhang Ziyi, Charles Dance, Kyle Chandler
Category: P-13

Paleobiologist Emma Russell works for crypto-zoological organization Monarch, tracking down and studying Titans, gigantic creatures that once dominated the Earth. She and her daughter Madison witness the birth of a giant larva dubbed Mothra. Emma calms Mothra down with a device, the "Orca", which is capable of emitting frequencies that can attract or alter Titan behavior. A group of eco-terrorists, led by Alan Jonah, attacks and kidnaps both Emma and Madison. Mothra manages to escape and cocoon herself. Monarch scientists Dr. IshirĊ Serizawa and Dr. Vivienne Graham approach Mark Russell, Emma's ex-husband and Madison's father, to track them down. Mark is reluctant, due to his hatred for Godzilla after his son Andrew was killed during the 2014 attack on San Francisco.

They follow Godzilla to Antarctica where Jonah intends to free a Titan encased in ice codenamed "Monster Zero". Emma frees and awakens Monster Zero, who kills several Monarch members, including Dr. Graham, before engaging Godzilla in a fight. The Monarch team realizes that Emma was not kidnapped by the terrorists; she was working with them. Emma argues that the Titans will cull humanity and return the planet to its untainted state; all to avenge Andrew. Jonah and Emma awaken Rodan, in a volcano in Mexico. Monarch lures Rodan into fighting the approaching Monster Zero, but it swiftly defeats Rodan before being ambushed by Godzilla, who severs one of its heads. The Navy launches an "Oxygen Destroyer" missile, seemingly killing Godzilla. Monster Zero survives, regrows its head, and awakens other dormant Titans around the world, with Rodan submitting to its rule and causing Madison to disown her mother.

Through mythological texts, Dr. Ilene Chen discovers that Monster Zero is Ghidorah, an ancient alien seeking to terraform the planet now that its primary rival Godzilla is disposed of. Mothra emerges from her cocoon and flies to Monarch's Bermuda facility to communicate with Godzilla, who had survived the detonation and is recuperating in an ancient underwater city. Monarch decides to revive Godzilla so as to contest Ghidorah's influence over the other Titans. Traveling via submarine, Monarch locates Godzilla's undersea lair, where the whole area around him is highly radioactive. They deduce it will take years for Godzilla to absorb enough radiation to fully heal on his own. Monarch decides to detonate a nuclear weapon to speed up his healing process. Dr. Serizawa sacrifices himself by manually detonating the weapon, which revives Godzilla and increases his power.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This is absolutely an amazing and entertaining movie! I've totally enjoyed the overall movie plot and pace. Some might find it a bore but it does require each other to move on. I only find that the ending a little off with how they saved the civilians and how Maddie could just disappear without anyone realising. I guess by then they omitted to look into the details as the main plot was the legendary fighting scenes.

This time around, there are many close-ups of the monsters especially Godzilla. He definitely looked regal and majestic with his awesome nuclear powers! My favourite Tyranitar from Pokemon Go sure looks like him LOL!!! Anyway, CGI was tip top and everything blend in nicely!

Do stay until the end if you are not in a rush as there is a post credit scene which will lead to a sequel. Not sure if this is it but Godzilla vs Kong is scheduled to be released in March 2020.

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