I’m gonna repost my initial thoughts that I put on twitter, if that’s all right with you guys.
As far as B-grade Godzilla movies go, King Of The Monsters was fucking brilliant. It’s not perfect, the cutaways to human characters gets tedious in the third act, the themes are muddled, the Americanization is definitely present, the climax of Sarazawa’s arc is… a choice and I most likely could have done without the Silicon Valley guy, but none of that truly stopped me from loving the stuff I actually came to see.
The monster action is beyond incredible, a perfect balance of majesty and awe-inspiring terror. Pretty much every moment where they show up is like sensory overload. I cried over Mothra, for various reasons, like, three times.
Give me a solo movie now. NOW, YOU ABSOLUTE BASTARDS.
The image of Ghidorah roaring triumphantly from atop a volcano with a giant crucifix in the foreground is gonna be burned into my brain for a good long while.
Now, personally, I think comparing this film negatively to the original Gojira, Shin Godzilla, and the 2014 predecessor is a bit silly tbh. This is a franchise that’s retiree age, with 35 entries at present, that only really took off because of an east vs west monster brawl, as far as I can tell. I don’t mean to diminish those films, it’s certainly not like I’d rate kotm higher than them, but they are kinda the outliers here, right?
Either way, I’m sure you lot will have your own takes, but I found King of the Monsters to be super good, super fun, and intoxicatingly grandiose at its best. I can’t wait to see it again, bring on Kong
AND DON’T FORGET WHAT MOTHRA DID FOR US. FOR THE PLANET. EVER.