This movie does not disappoint.
I spent the past month watching nearly every previous Godzilla movie that's ever been made, starting with the 1954 original and finishing with KotM's 2014 predecessor. And I am so
glad that I did, because there are sooo many
little callbacks, easter eggs and homages to the Toho films that would otherwise have gone completely over my head. And interestingly, with its much faster-moving plot and larger cast, this one actually feels
a lot more like a Toho movie than the last one did.
I'm also here to tell you that out of all 35 Godzilla movies, King of the Monsters ranks among the very best
, and in my opinion, it may even be a strong contender for the
best. Of course, I am
saying this as a recently-revived Godzilla junkie, so by all means take that into account. But I will explain my reasoning.
Does the movie have flaws? Certainly. The plot is somewhat rushed, rather glaringly so in places, and it has a number of significant holes in it. Many of its twists and turns are either entirely predictable, completely illogical, or a combination of the two. And most of the human characters are two-dimensional and/or simply unlikable.
I will readily admit that for most movies, these would be fatal flaws. But in this movie, they ultimately do not matter
once you understand a simple, obvious truth: that all of these things exist for a singular purpose, and that is to showcase these legendary, beloved monsters, in all their epic and newly-rendered glory. This movie understands this, and this is where it succeeds, magnificently
, and perhaps even more so than the previous film did. The depictions of each of the four "main" monsters are nothing short of awe-inspiring, as they should be, and seeing Toho's classic characters in action once again, but this time translated into hyper-realistic CG models, is immensely satisfying. Particularly if you're a fan.
Oh, and the one, particular classic Godzilla element that was conspicuously absent from the 2014 movie? It's here, and the way it's used is glorious
...but I'm not going to spoil it.