McCann At The Movies: ‘Godzilla’ Offering Is A Monstrous Mess Of A Movie

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John McCann says ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ is a loud, brash mediocre movie, that’ll leave you cold…

This week’s trip to Tralee Omniplex involved another in what is bound to be a packed summer of big budget blockbusters in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

With some quality productions already seen this year and more to follow where will this latest effects driven, CGI laden film feature in the mix up come the end of the summer season?

Sadly, this answer is probably near the end of the pile as what should be a no-brainer B-movie with throwaway one-liners and awesome effects, will be remembered by this viewer as two hours of loud noise and indistinguishable creatures tearing lumps out of each other!

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This latest Godzilla vehicle follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

When these ancient super-species – thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all fight for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty, whose past credits include X-Men United and Superman Returns, he assembles a formidable cast that includes Oscar winner Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown and adds an awful lot of CGI to bash the senses – a ploy that can work in a lot of big blockbusters but sadly this one lacks the humour, fun and adventure that normally accompanies such features and the whole production seems to fall flat!

Cheesy performances and cliches are to the forefront with humourless quips littered throughout and you do wonder why a such a talented bunch of actors (with solid back catalogues) added their names to this film. (Kyle Chandler being the only one that survives with his reputation fully intact!)

Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh on a B-movie that involves battling mythical figures but aside from some impressive set pieces, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is simply no more than a loud and brash mediocre production that left me cold and will be easily forgotten in the coming days!


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